If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim, or simply disappears.There are many variations on this type of scam, including the 419 scam, the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam, Fifo's Fraud and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.The scam messages often claim to originate in Nigeria, but usually this is not true.The number "419" refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud, the charges and penalties for offenders.The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.
In exchange for assistance, the scammer promised to share money with the victim in exchange for a small amount of money to bribe prison guards.
If the guy agrees, the "lady" pretends to put all effort into making "her" travel arrangements. " She" acts surprised to find out that there are various expensive requirements that " she" has to comply with before she can fly out of the country.
Those supposed requirements usually include proof of financial independence and requirement to pay off all loans that "she" has in her name.
Of course you can just wait and see if she asks you for money.
But you probably don't want to get to the point when she actually starts asking for money, right? So, here it goes: Russian scam is fairly easy to detect by IP address.