Russian and ukrainian dating scams
Her monthly salary is only a few hundred dollars, all Russian men are drunks and maybe her family died in a tragic accident or they are ill and in need of surgery.
Heart strings are pulled and victims are sucked in.
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.
The photos may simply be downloaded from someone's home website.There is generally no woman even involved, and the scammers may even be in the US; see this story in the San Diego News: American MAN sentenced to 5 years in jail for "Russian Brides" scam Life in Russia is no picnic.Except for the those at the top, life is generally very hard.Such operations have been known to hire young Russian women to act as the voice on the other end of that romantic phone call.After taking the time to get to know you, she says she's coming to visit you or wants to move to your country.