"She" becomes extremely eager to meet in person, so she decides to find out what her options are as far as visas and travel fare.The scammer will announce the good news (that she found out how to obtain the visa) in one of the letters shortly after explaining her undying love.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.Often, scammers use big online dating web sites to approach their potential victims.When that happens, their profiles on sites like Yahoo and indicate that they are from the USA, Canada, or Europe (that is because those sites no longer accept subscribers from Russia).Therefore a standard set of romantic letters exists, and the scammer typically uses these pre-written letters to correspond with all potential victims.
The scammer explains to each potential victim that he/she feels "something special" about him.
Some scammers offer to pay for visa themselves (as a "good faith" gesture).
After the "visa" is received, the scammer asks for money to buy - usually around 0-00.
Sometimes at the same time many scammers would announce that their yearly vacation time (usually 2 weeks) is coming up.
However, the duration of the "set up" phase varies significantly.