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.

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.

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

To speed up the process, the scammer "falls in love" with each of the potential victims literally within two to six weeks.

The longer the set up phase, the higher is the scammer's probability of success in obtaining the money.

Once the fact that the scammer is "deeply in love" is well established, the scammer begins the real preparation.

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.

Conveyer belt strategy versus personalized approach strategy In his/her letters, the scammer is usually very flattering, romantic and seductive.