There are several scenarios that the scammer may use to separate you from your money. Knowing what they are will be important for you during your correspondence so you can be on guard for the deception. Not only will this protect you from being hurt financially but more importantly it may help you to avoid being hurt emotionally.
The best defense from any of the listed scenarios or their mutations is the simple advice of never sending money to someone you have not yet met or established a long term serious relationship with. You should realize that a sincere Russian woman would rarely if ever ask for financial assistance . . . she has too much pride and self respect to ask for money especially from someone she does not know for a long time. Only a scammer will eagerly suggest that you send money.
In this situation the scammer will attempt to develop a steady correspondence with you. The letters may be shallow in content and may appear generic enough to be written to anyone. The goal it to get you hooked and create a false relationship. Eventually the scammer begins asking for financial support to pay for the expenses associated with your correspondence. Examples can include fees for Internet, Email, Translations or English Lessons but creative scammers will conceive of other false needs. The scammer may disappear as soon as you send money or continue to milk you for more. A scammer may only get a relatively small amount of money from any single victim but in reality the scammer will collect a substantial and steady monthly cash flow from dozens, if not hundreds, of victims from around the world.
Travel Scenario She Wants to Visit You
In this situation the scammer will develop a steady and serious correspondence with you. The letters will be frequent, personal, detailed and very romantic. A sense of a strong and real relationship will be built before the trap is sprung. After about 10 emails the scammer has a sudden and unexpected opportunity to travel to see you. There may be an explanation that a relative or friend has special connections that can make the trip or obtaining a visa possible. The ability to visit you will have a sense of urgency since it is a limited opportunity. A request for money will be made to pay for a visa, passport, airline ticket or tour package. The scammer may disappear as soon as you send the money or attempt to get more from you by fabricating new (fictitious) situations that are impeding her trip to you. Of course these situations can be easily solved as soon as you send more money. This scam can become very expensive as it is easy to create new problems that need to more money to solve.
Sample Letter with Altered U.S. Visa
Travel Scenario You Want to Visit Her
This scenario is initiated when the man indicates an interest in visiting the lady. A strong relationship is not needed to spring this trap since the man has already exposed their vulnerability. The scammer will insist on making arrangements for accommodations, transfers, tour guides or translators. Eventually the scammer will explain that cash is needed in advance to pay for the accommodations or services. Once the money is sent the scammer disappears.
This scenario is initiated quickly if the scammer is impatient or after some time has pasted when it is clear that the man is hooked. In this situation the scammer will explain that a sudden and tragic accident, illness or financial emergency has beset herself, family member, friend or cherished pet. A direct request for money may be made for rent, education, hospitalization, dental care, medicine or an urgent and lifesaving operation. If the scammer is more tactful then the request may be more subtle with distraught explanations of how she cant afford to pay for her financial emergency in time. Once the money is sent the scammer disappears.
This scenario is operated by dishonest agencies or criminal organizations. Typically a temporary website is used to display only beautiful women in an effort to lure in their prey. The ladies who are listed may have been harvested from other websites and may not even be available or interested in foreign marriage. Often times the ladies are models unaware of how their photo is being used. One version of the scam is to sell fictitious contact information (address, email) of the ladies profiled. Another version of the scam will be to post individual profiles on popular western dating sites. When a man responds to the profile a short exchange may occur before he is contacted by the agency explaining that financial compensation is needed to continue the correspondence. Once the money is sent the scam may continue or disappear. In reality the man may not have been corresponding with the women depicted in the profile but instead to a different person posing as his true love. These agencies are in reality a boiler room operation designed to milk money from naive western men.
Hit and Run Scenario
This scenario is operated by a dishonest woman who develops a false relationship with a man over a long period of time. No attempt may be made to extract any financial gain until he travels to her city to meet her. At that time she may take advantage of the traditions of courtship to coerce from him gifts, clothing, expensive dinners, a vacation and even an engagement ring. She may have several men lined up to keep a steady flow coming in. After he departs the scammer may discontinue the correspondence. Worse yet she may continue the charade hoping to secure a bigger prize like a vacation or legal immigration to his country.
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