You can also first visit our recommended agencies that you can find in this topic.
For the woman it's important to see that the man who is writing to her is serious about finding a new partner.
To be very serious in your intentions and to be very open to her, gives you a response which you can analyze as reliable or not.
Do not use any free dating site where women can contact you first. Any person can signup here complete anonymous (use any free email address and fake personal information).
Even when you have to pay to be a member (for receiving emails) on these free dating sites, don't use it if you are serious in looking for a new life partner.
You will learn more about the Russian-women- dating-world in common.
Being prepared is being halfway your success in finding you Russian lady.
For example, some web sites have over 20.000 profiles, however this is not a reason to find any scam inside this Agency, it only gives you an impression how many profiles you can find on the 'entire' web.
So, the chance is present, but if you prepare yourself in a proper way, the risk of being scammed can be reduced to almost zero.
Try to find out if her letters to you are very personal and don't look like standard generated letters.