The majority is stolen from the Russian social networks, like (the Russian analog of Facebook).
Most likely, they work on commissions, like telemarketers.
What we don't like about the existing Russian scam lists is that they provide the impression that there are thousands of Russian scammers out there, and behind each scam profile stays different girl (or guy, whatever). We are absolutely convinced: Russian girls are NOT scammers!
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 activity of this criminal organization is enormous, they place hundreds of profiles out there every day.
The photos of girls on the phony Russian profiles come from different sources.