They said that the total cost is 80 for everything. He knows how to push the right buttons to make his victims to completely fall in love with a fictional lonely girl from the letters.
Included with the email was a copy of her passport, showing her name, address and photograph.
Despite his concerns, in February Dave went to his Mount Gambier bank branch to make a transfer of $400 to Aleksandra but he was stopped by a bank employee who told him bluntly she believed he was being scammed.
They often work in groups and set up multiple ads / accounts on many large dating sites. The scam consists of locating lonely females living in the US and Canada, establishing romantic relationship with them, and then asking them for an emergency loan needed to complete some kind of impending business transaction, like an investment (for example, in Russian oil, minerals, or other natural resources).
The scammer produces a ton of impeccably looking fake documents, like irrevocable purchase orders, letters of payment, bank statements, etc, to convince the victim that the investment is real, and that together they would be able to make some handsome profit from the deal.
On Valentines Day this year, Dave was woken up just before 7am by a call from a private number.
The Aleksandra on the phone was less loving, more forthright and after wishing him "happy Valentine's Day", she quizzed him: "you are going to send the money?
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.
Sometimes a herd of interpreters is working for an unscrupulous marriage agency owner wanting to boost his profits. The real ladies may not be even aware that someone is corresponding on their behalf.
It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.
A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.
After receiving the loan or the pre-payment, the scammer disappears.