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.
The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.
In the first few letters the scammer will say what a good woman she is and how hard life is in Russia.
Scammers use services like Western Union because it is all but impossible to track the recipient of the money which can be picked up anywhere in the world.
A scammer could be a man or woman operating solo, posing as an attractive young lady, or part of an organized scamming operation.
Russian dating sites are very popular and while many men have met genuine, loving Russian women, unfortunately sometimes one encounters scammers as well.
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.
This is a broad example of Russian online dating scams.
Sometimes, they will even cite certain immigration requirements to sound more convincing.