Many victims report that they received the first email from the scammer "out of the blue," and that they never belonged to any dating sites.
Sometimes scammers even use Craigs List, Facebook, Myspace, or other popular web site to find potential victims After a while the letters from single men from all over the world start arriving in the scammer's mailbox.
"She" becomes extremely eager to meet in person, so she decides to find out what her options are as far as visas and travel fare.
The scammer will announce the good news (that she found out how to obtain the visa) in one of the letters shortly after explaining her undying love.
The longer the set up phase, the higher is the scammer's probability of success in obtaining the money.
Once the fact that the scammer is "deeply in love" is well established, the scammer begins the real preparation.
If the guy agrees, the "lady" pretends to put all effort into making "her" travel arrangements. " She" acts surprised to find out that there are various expensive requirements that " she" has to comply with before she can fly out of the country.
Those supposed requirements usually include proof of financial independence and requirement to pay off all loans that "she" has in her name.
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.
In the money keep coming, the "lady" will continue to experience difficulties.