What percentage of online dating profiles are fake
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.
"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.
"She" will get robbed or attacked, may become injured or sick, may suddenly get arrested, or her apartment may get flooded or burned.
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.
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.