I have a friend in the travel agency who can get a tourist visa for me to visit you, but I need 0 for the visa and 00 for the airfare. ..." BUT BE AWARE OF A NEW TREND AMONG RUSSIAN SCAMMERS: It is becoming increasingly popular for Russian scammers to disarm your suspicions by talking about plans to come see you in your country, but INSIST on covering all their own expenses for the visit, even if you offer. Sometime, usually immediately prior to her trip to come see you, she will run into some unavoidable cash flow crisis.
You can't help but think "Gosh, how could this be a scam if she is paying for the trip? Or, another similar recent favorite is for Russian scammers to claim that they ALREADY have their visa and will be coming to your country and that they just need to choose the city...
Or instead of the "database method", sometimes they just put their email address in disguised form ("elena12321 at ya hoo com") in their profile on a site like
ALL girls on Match claiming to be from Russia/Ukraine who post a disguised email address like this are Russian scammers.
Then at some point Russian scammers are going to hit you with some sort of urgent, heart-tugging plea for money...
An email scam is simply a case where some volume operation (could be a man or a woman, and may be in Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, or New Jersey) contacts you by email, engages you in communication, and eventually attempts to bait you into sending money. Often they will post very appealing profiles on Match.com, POF.com, or a Russian dating site like Ukraine or Russian and receive many thousands of responses.
Russian scammers may contact you first or you may write them first.
She may continue the dialog immediately after you exchange contact information, OR you may never see another message from her, but days, weeks, or months later you will start getting very generic emails from various Russian women you've never seen claiming they saw your profile at a dating agency and want to get to know you.
They just put all the email addresses they can collect through this method into a database for later use.
And the "Russian woman" who writes you later won't usually be the pictures on this profile.