Part of the scam is usually based on the myth that the Russian woman needs to carry an amount of money through the customs that corresponds to what is needed as financial means of support when applying for a visa.
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BEWARE OF SENDING MONEY OVERSEAS TO A PEN-FRIEND OR PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE PARTNER TO VISIT AUSTRALIA TO FURTHER A RELATIONSHIP BEGUN OVER THE INTERNET.
Several Australian citizens have been defrauded by bogus internet friendship, dating and marriage schemes purportedly operating mainly from Russia.
These large-scale, well-organised scams typically result from connections made through internet dating schemes or chat rooms.
Once a virtual relationship develops, the Australian citizen is asked by their friend or prospective marriage partner to send money to enable travel to Australia.
Verify the authenticity of an e-mail message purportedly from the Australian Embassy in Moscow advising you of visa details relating to your friend or prospective spouse.
Unless you have been formally authorised to receive such information, the message is likely to be a fake.Once the money has been received, the relationship is usually terminated and any chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.The scammers often make use of what appear to be Australian Government email addresses to send fraudulent emails to the Australian party, informing them that the friend or prospective marriage partner has been granted a visa to visit Australia to further the relationship.It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men. And probably soon (how can one not believe in his own lucky star?!