It's easy to fall for such trick even if you are an absolutely rational guy, especially if she produces some documents, like a passport with a US visa. She does not ask for money, she says she has the visa and the money for the ticket.
Needless to say, you won't ever see this money or her again. They go something like this: "she" tells the guy she is coming over to his country on her own and does not know anybody in the whole country except him. He is even more interested, especially because "her" picture looks so sexy :) Days go by, he is washing his car and hiring a maid to clean up the house, getting ready for the big day.
We have recently added a list of pictures of Russian celebrities most often used by scammers. At some point she tells you you are the love of her life, and she is dying to meet you in person. So, could you please send her some cash to help her pay for the tickets/visa/passport? Because he feels like he has known this woman forever when in fact he has not.
Note that while you should carefully read the article anyway, it is quite unlikely that you encounter scammers on our website. Starting January 2007 we have switched to the system, where we monitor all profiles and all communication throughout the site. Such a request should immediately put a man on his guard. He sure is convinced this woman is completely innocent. After all, he wants to meet her just as badly, doesn't he?
You are eager to find things you have despaired of finding in your own country. The 50 dollars she needs would not hurt your budget, would it? My mom's dying of cancer (stomach ulcer/brain tumor - you name it! A girl might ask a man to pay a non-existent monthly fee of at her agency.
New: Did you know scammers often use pictures of Russian celebrities?
For instance lateley they don't just ask guys for money for visa/ticket as this scenario is too widely known.
Instead they would tell them they have the money, and going to pay for visa/ticket themselves. However in the middle of the process she suddenly comes up 0 short, and just wants to "borrow" this amount from you.
You barely know her, but your heart tells you she is the one. She might tell you a heart-breaking story about her losing her job, losing her money, being in debts. Some of them are rather blunt about the money matter. A woman who has her heart in the right place will never play on your emotions. You should keep in mind that most women out there are not fakes.
She will never try to arouse your sympathy with a view to get some money from you. They are sincerely looking for someone they can spend the rest of their lives with.