The researchers studied relationships formed on online dating website over a six-month period.

They found that consummate love - described as a balance of passion, intimacy and commitment - was evident at around 12 months into a relationship.

The airline tickets can easily be exchange for cash, so don't think that sending tickets buys you any protection.

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Of the 147 couples who took part in the study, 61 per cent said their relationships had high levels of these three components.

The researchers also found that men were more likely to find true love on the internet than women.

And then send for Mikhail, her boyfriend/husband, who's been waiting back in Russia.

There's presumably no way you can guard against this - anyone who is patient can perpetuate this scam anywhere.

'But with the popularity of online dating, it is imperative we understand the factors that influence satisfaction in relationships formed in this way.'Charlotte Harper, of Match.com, said: 'We were thrilled to find so many of our former members have found love.

'It supports our belief that the internet does in fact encourage old-fashioned courtship.' After failing to find love through the personal ads of his local newspaper, Robert Hammond was keen to give internet dating a go.

It found that one in five of those who have used dating sites to find their perfect partner have gone on to marry someone they met over the web. , also revealed that more than half of the 1,504 people questioned had been on a date with someone they met in cyberspace.

Sixty-two per cent agreed that it was easier to meet someone on a dating site than in other ways, such as in a pub or club, or through friends.

Are you considering finding a Russian wife, corresponding with a Russian woman, using a Russian dating agency, already been scammed or just want to be sure that your correspondent and relationship is genuine?