Nevertheless, they are rarely overweight - they still walk a lot because they don't have cars, and don't eat junk food (which is strange enough is considered expensive - compared to home made meals).
The scammer says they want to move to your country and live with you after only a short period of time.
More and more people are now gathering at the proverbial "watering hole" in internet dating site chat rooms.
While the development of these datings sites started out as a great convienience it has now become dangerous in many ways.
There is a specialised police unit to deal with them, based in Malaga just up the coast.
When officers from this elite Drug and Organised Crime Unit rounded up the kidnappers, aged 24 to 57, there was no need for the mythical antidote: the victim had recovered.
But, suspecting he was being taken for a ride, the terrified victim, who had been abducted in the popular Spanish coastal resort of Estepona, took a chance and sought refuge in the town's police station.
Estepona, a popular destination for British residents and holidaymakers, lies in the heartland of Russian mafia operations on the Costa del Sol, which police say have multiplied in recent years.
The greatest difference between Russian women and western women is precisely captured by linguistics: in English you call it, "to share your life with" and in Russian they call it, "to join our lives together".
Where you will often find a western woman being a competitor in a relationship, a Russian woman is a partner.
This is why even successful career women feel unfulfilled if they don't have a husband and family, and some of them use search for a partner abroad as an option.
The cultural notion for a Russian woman is to get married and have a family; this is the necessary condition of success for a woman.