Mail-order bride is a label applied to a woman who publishes her intent to marry someone from another – usually more financially developed – country.
Historically, mail-order brides were women who listed themselves in catalogs and were selected by men for marriage.
This list looks at ten facts about mail order brides that you may not know.
Most people think that Russian brides are desperate women who want nothing more than to marry a foreigner (preferably American) to get the hell out of Russia and start a new life. Russia has a man shortage; there are roughly 8 men for every 10 women in a culture which is very marriage-oriented.
Once the money has been received, the relationship is usually terminated and any chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.
The scammers often make use of what appear to be Australian Government email addresses to send fraudulent emails to the Australian party, informing them that the friend or prospective marriage partner has been granted a visa to visit Australia to further the relationship.
FORTUNE -- Anastasia doesn’t seem particularly concerned that I’m not interested in marrying her.