Internet dating money laundering scams
After the "visa" is received, the scammer asks for money to buy - usually around $700-$1800.
She will tell that she has found out everything she needs to do to receive a tourist (work, student) visa.
She will be all bubbly and excited about the opportunity.
And so " she" will reluctantly ask for financial help again.
If the guy is determined to make her supposed trip happen regardless of the expenses, he sends the money again and again.
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.
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.
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.Conveyer belt strategy versus personalized approach strategy In his/her letters, the scammer is usually very flattering, romantic and seductive.The scammer explains to each potential victim that he/she feels "something special" about him.Some scammers fall in love and ask for money within 10 days, while others may correspond for 6-8 months before requesting any money.The duration of the phase depends on the scammer's own work style.Some scammers offer to pay for visa themselves (as a "good faith" gesture).