There are several fake website masquerading as Russian marriage agencies promising to bring Western men and Russian women together.
While most Russian dating websites are genuine, a number of them are fake and their so-called members are not real either.
Just when you think everything is going smoothly, there is a last minute problem and they will request you to urgently send them some money, without which it will be impossible for them to make their trip.
Sometimes, they will even cite certain immigration requirements to sound more convincing.
This ploy also relies on the stereotypical assumption that all Russian and Eastern European women want to move to or visit America, Canada, the UK or Australia which simply isn't the case.
The period from first contact to first cash request could be a few days or a few months but regardless how long you've "known" the person, a request for money is a scam.A Russian woman will start interacting you but tell you she cannot speak or understand English.