The profiles show different locations and cities in Russia, Ukraine and other ex-Soviet Union countries.But every time a bad profile is placed on our site, or we ask the victims to forward us the full e-mail headers of the scammer's e-mail, they ALWAYS show the same IPs and the same Internet Service providers.
Most of the Russian scam (about 90% of it, if not more) originates form the same 2 sources: REPUBLIC OF MARI EL in Russia and LUGANSK in Ukraine.
The other 10% originates from pro-daters, mostly from South of Ukraine, like Odessa, Nikolaev, etc..
Most likely, they work on commissions, like telemarketers.
If we ban that IP range from our site, all registrations start coming through anonymous proxies.
The Mari El criminal organization is leaded by men, they hire people from Yoshkar Ola to do the dirty job for them: place profiles and conduct the correspondence.