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Well, if she placed a half of dozen of those ads in different catalogs before, she may not remember to remove them later.
Also, the agencies may keep selling her address for their own profits.
If she is there just for the money, her letters will become less loving and less frequent, or she will even stop writing to you completely.
Yes, this looks like a typical "copy and paste" scammer.
Encounters International The agency is based in Washington, DC and has offices in Moscow, Yaroslavl, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine, years in business with an impressive track record. Be careful with sites/agencies that allow you to post your profile on-line, receive E-mails from apparently interested women, and then require payments for opening them.
Although your lady friend might have some legitimate reasons not to invite you to her home-country (and we hope the reason is not already having a husband at home or not even being a woman you think you are corresponding with) it should still raise a red flag for you.
Finding your true love online is becoming more and more popular in our busy modern world, where people have no time for old-fashioned courtship.
The advantages of online dating are numerous: it's cheaper than going out to fancy restaurants or clubs, there are never "bad hair" or "nothing to wear" days on your first date, and if the date goes sour it is much easier to withdraw from an embarrassing situation by just clicking an "off" button.
Do not send her any money, offer to buy her a ticket instead. Even if she writes to you that an airline ticket would cost two or three times less in Russia (which is questionable) , do not send her the money! Most likely you are being set up for a "visa and tickets scam" when a bride asks you for money to pay for her tickets and visa and then disappears once she gets it. Ask her to provide more details on the University that she is going to come to study at, and then contact that University.
We suggest you check with your country's Embassy to see how easy it would be for her to get a tourist visa to your country. If they have some kind of a student exchange program in place, they will be happy to tell you about it.
Ask her to send you a scanned picture of her visa and then contact the Embassy that issued the visa to confirm its validity.