Fake emails from dating sites
A scammer could be a man or woman operating solo, posing as an attractive young lady, or part of an organized scamming operation.
Such operations have been known to hire young Russian women to act as the voice on the other end of that romantic phone call.
Last year, dating site threatened some rivals, saying that the numbers they put out concerning marketing probably couldn't be supported, and ordering them to cease and desist with misleading claims.
Of course, all that really did was make a lot of people turn around and look more closely at Match.com's own claims, which seemed only fair.
The scammer will have photos showing a young and attractive woman though her profile may say she’s from America or England.
The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.
There are many variations of online dating scams originating in Russia and Eastern Europe but they have in common a high emotional and financial cost to unsuspecting scam victims.
She professes her love and gives instructions to send money through Western Union or Money Gram.
Just when you think everything is going smoothly, there is a last minute problem and they will request you to urgently send them some money, without which it will be impossible for them to make their trip.
Sometimes, they will even cite certain immigration requirements to sound more convincing.
After taking the time to get to know you, she says she's coming to visit you or wants to move to your country.
She will then ask you to send her money for her plane ticket and/or visa.