Almost all scammers tell their victims that "this the the first time she uses the internet to get aquatinted with a man".

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And this mastermind is not at all who you think (s)he is... A scammer usually finds a set of pictures of an attractive girl 18-45 years old female (or, if the scammer IS an attractive girl, she uses her own pictures) and places personal ads in as many international dating catalogs as possible.

A lot of scammers actively seek out new potential victims rather than wait for the victims to come to them.

Quickly, the " female" (the bait) falls in love with her Internet acquaintance, and shortly after " she" begins to plan her travel to see her Mr. Money issues arise, and, reluctantly, the bait asks the gentleman to help "her" with money for her visa and tickets.

Very often, the bait tells the guy that she has a work offer in his country, and she would be able to pay off the loaned money to him quickly.

The scammer replies positively to all of them and the process begins.

Since a lot of letters need to be answered, the scammer usually does not have the ability to answer all of them individually.In the money keep coming, the "lady" will continue to experience difficulties."She" will get robbed or attacked, may become injured or sick, may suddenly get arrested, or her apartment may get flooded or burned.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.Some scammers fall in love and ask for money within 10 days, while others may correspond for 6-8 months before requesting any money.