If this is the kind of friends she has, it's her own problem. Those are small poor cities, located not even in the European part of Russia.If any American girl put in her profile that "she searches for love online because everybody around her is a drug addict" what would you think about such girl?! I never saw any normal Russian girl putting something like that in her profile. Most of the scam originates from Mari El (the capital city is Yoshkar Ola, or Yoshka), but they very rarely put in their profiles that they are really from Mari El or Yoshkar Ola. But when you look at all those Russian profiles, it seems like most people in Russia live in Kazan, Kirov or Cheboksary! Another important point I need to make about location.Another source is in Lugansk and Donetsk (in spite of the war going over there, believe it or not! In most cases you can tell that the girl is a scammer just by looking at her profile. Most scammy profiles start with words "I the sociable girl", "I the cheerful girl", or whatever, with "am" omitted.
After all, English is not my native language too, and as you see I make mistakes too. Just enter in quotes: "I the sociable girl", or "I the cheerful girl", or "I the nice girl", or any combination of those and here you go. I bet most of it will be either from Kazan, or Cheboksary, or Yoshkar-Ola, or... But sometimes they are not so stupid, and copy the profile descriptions from somebody else's profile, written in a good English.
But to start each and every profile with the same cliche, and with the same grammar mistake is really dumb! But overall, while dealing with Russian scam, I come to the conclusion that scammers are not very smart people. If that happens, half of Mari El starts using and re-using it, like this one for example: "The main thing about me is probably that I am a purposeful person and always reach my goal and that I am always ready top work hard for it.
I always have many friends in my house as I am able to listen to a person and to support him both in his hard times and the happiest moments.
I dislike dull and monotonous life and want my life to be exciting and to have great moments of joy.
I like a smart, honest man, who has a good sense of humor.