It's half their life savings, you see, but they want their angel to be happy, and they know that she loves you and wants to be with you, so they will part with half their life savings... BUT, if you could wire her the money she will certainly repay you as soon as the problem is resolved...shoot, even by the time she lands in your country mom/dad/grandmother/etc will have already wired the funds directly to you to repay.So since you are such the perfect man for her and she wants to be with you, she will obviously choose your city. From there the plot almost always goes something like this... On her way to the airport she just needs to go to her workplace to collect the paycheck or to the bank to retrieve wired funds from mom/dad/grandmother/etc to pay for her visa, flight, etc., and wouldn't you know it, SWEETIE HAD A CASH-FLOW CRISIS.She has a big payment coming from her last paycheck at work, or mom/dad/grandmother/etc is going to give her the money for the trip, etc. The paycheck wasn't there, mom/dad/grandmother/etc didn't wire the funds in time, etc.Email scams are probably the most prevalent method of Russian scammers. Other times they contact you out of the blue via direct email.An email scam is simply a case where some volume operation (could be a man or a woman, and may be in Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, or New Jersey) contacts you by email, engages you in communication, and eventually attempts to bait you into sending money. Often they will post very appealing profiles on Match.com, POF.com, or a Russian dating site like Ukraine or Russian and receive many thousands of responses.Russian scammers may contact you first or you may write them first.
They may have downloaded the pictures of some Russian actress or model who you would not recognize, or they may have downloaded the pictures from a real girl's profile on another site.
Or instead of the "database method", sometimes they just put their email address in disguised form ("elena12321 at ya hoo com") in their profile on a site like
ALL girls on Match claiming to be from Russia/Ukraine who post a disguised email address like this are Russian scammers.
Well, they may all be real, they may all be fake, or there may be some real and some fake.
So a real girl may have posted her profile, and a Russian scammer thought it looked good, so he/she copied the pics and description and posted it on another site.
Or, in some cases, the girl writing you actually posts her own pictures.