This is a broad example of Russian online dating scams.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.Which doesn’t mean that this stereotype is completely untrue.Many Russian women do indeed seem to be attracted to foreigners, and that for several reasons.After taking the time to get to know you, she says she's coming to visit you or wants to move to your country.She will then ask you to send her money for her plane ticket and/or visa.Others were (and are) just generally curious and fascinated by the unknown.Another reason was – and remains – the widespread bad reputation of Russian men.
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.
The scammer will have photos showing a young and attractive woman though her profile may say she’s from America or England.
The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.
This ploy also relies on the stereotypical assumption that all Russian and Eastern European women want to move to or visit America, Canada, the UK or Australia which simply isn't the case.
With many people catching on to this scam, the scammers have “improvised” their story a little.