Accomplices: The scam is often perpetrated by Nigerian male students living and working / studying in Russia.
The "advanced fee" part of the scam is lifted straight from the typical Nigerian "get rich fast" scam playbook. They impersonate the ladies rather than work for them.
Can Russian police arrest the scammer when she comes to pick up the money at Western Union?
Sometimes however this type of scammer lies about her employment, previous marriages, and lifestyle.
Often, at the time of his arrival for the meeting hopeful Romeo will be informed that his lady had an unexpected family emergency and cannot attend the meeting.
He will be offered a list of other, not quite as model-quality looking girls who are available to meet at the moment.
Warning signs: How can I check if a travel agency is real?
Do Russians/Ukrainians really have to pay a certain amount of money to be able to leave the country?