Often, scammers use big online dating web sites to approach their potential victims.When that happens, their profiles on sites like Yahoo and indicate that they are from the USA, Canada, or Europe (that is because those sites no longer accept subscribers from Russia).Sometimes at the same time many scammers would announce that their yearly vacation time (usually 2 weeks) is coming up.However, the duration of the "set up" phase varies significantly.And this mastermind is not at all who you think (s)he is... A scammer usually finds a set of pictures of an attractive girl 18-45 years old female (or, if the scammer IS an attractive girl, she uses her own pictures) and places personal ads in as many international dating catalogs as possible.A lot of scammers actively seek out new potential victims rather than wait for the victims to come to them.Almost all scammers tell their victims that "this the the first time she uses the internet to get aquatinted with a man".To speed up the process, the scammer "falls in love" with each of the potential victims literally within two to six weeks.
As a results of using the sets of pre-written letters, scammers tend to ignore questions posted to them, or when they do answer questions, they answer them only at the very beginning or at the very end of each letter.
The scam will go on for as long as the guy is willing to continue sending money to help his "Russian princess" to get through her never-ending travel misadventure.
The bait will keep the "flames of his love" alive by periodically chatting with him on the phone or sending him descriptions of "her" erotic fantasies.
And so " she" will reluctantly ask for financial help again.
If the guy is determined to make her supposed trip happen regardless of the expenses, he sends the money again and again.