With many people catching on to this scam, the scammers have “improvised” their story a little.
They do not ask for money for a ticket or visa but instead send you a scanned visa as “proof”.
The period from first contact to first cash request could be a few days or a few months but regardless how long you've "known" the person, a request for money is a scam.
Scammers operate from countries with low per capita income and even if a scam takes months to pay out it is worthwhile for them, even for just a few hundred dollars.
At this point she will set the victim up as her knight in shining armor, the only one who can help her.
She might just need money to pay her bills but will probably want desperately to come and visit him in his Western nation.
This is another common scam used by Russian scammers.
There are several fake website masquerading as Russian marriage agencies promising to bring Western men and Russian women together.
The photos are stunning, perhaps professionally taken or provocative, but the description of what she's looking for in a partner is vague.
It could be a scammer, often a man, using photos downloaded from the internet in the hope of sucking in as many victims as possible.
This is likely to be a scan of a fake or fabricated visa.
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.