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.

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This is another common scam used by Russian scammers.

A Russian woman will start interacting you but tell you she cannot speak or understand English.

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.

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”.

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.

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.