I found the website fairly easy to use and like the format of contacting someone outside the website, while at the same time getting some assistance from the site. Yes there are some scammers and long-timers; meaning you need to carefully catch the signs of what's down the road. I used it as an experience to see what it was like. I am an attractive guy, but like anyone come off best when combined with personality. So my direct experience was some ladies write letters to get you to write back. Money goes into the hands of IF and possibly the young lady. In these cases some of the woman just don't write back. But IF will refund your credits. This is in keeping with their policy. I respect that. However out of 9 attempted correspondences I did not receive 4 replies and 2 were only after reporting that a reply was not received. In some instances the information doesn't match up with what is listed on the website. Don't be scammed by an immediate explanation regarding why from the lady. IF may not be aware of this and when found out they will work with you to provide a refund. I did receive three. I found that the age ranges were more appropriate. For example, if your in your 30's or 40's its really unrealistic to be contacted by ladies 18-25. Also, please consider a few things. What are you really going to have in common with such a big age gap. In the Ukraine the majority of young ladies don't want to leave, aren't looking for a foreigner and have not experienced the heartbreak to be on a marriage online dating site yet. When you see an 18-80, or even a 20 year gap this is not based on reality in Ukraine and Russian countries. Another thing to note is to read the profiles carefully. I found it best to know who speaks your language, write by following the IF policy geered towards the cultural understanding of the woman and I tried to write to woman not associated with an agency. I found that woman with the agencies only got emails at limited times and would either not write back or it was more unusual than those who had there own computers and checked their inbox regularly. Doing business globally, it should be noted that while some rare instances take up to 5 days to receive an email, the case is that it is usually received within 15-20 minutes.While there is a lot more that canbe said. I did connect with three very nice ladies. One ended up being a long-time scammer, so watch out. Her needs started to build up and fast which is very unlike a Russian woman. I developed a nice relationship with a true Russian woman. Please understand it is important to know their cultural mind set, be respectful and you will do fine. Also, she did not write me 1st. She viewed me after I viewed and favorited her and made sure we had similar interests. Treating her with respect and as a lady is extremly important. We video chat and it has gone well. The third lady, was a cross between the other two. Seemingly Russian, but also flighty. Never asking for anything and your not paying for anything while your talking through internet communication. Seemingly very interesting and busy, but just unsure of life in general. I try to put time into these without a lot of money to vet out the reality of the situation. I hope this is helpful in some way. I give it a 3, because everytime someone seeks information of someone, they hope for a connection. I found less then 50% to be what I considered to be real and of that only 2 to be worth pursuit without a scam. 2 out of 9 is better than 3 other sites where they take your money with no hope of contact and there is no end in site.