Once you do send the money however, it is unlikely that the visit will ever actually materialize.As many people are now catching on to this, many scammers are trying variations of the same scam.This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.
These scammers know immigration rules and regulations well and might even cite some sort of visa requirement as their reason for requesting money.
You might find their reasons actually check out and send them the money but in all likelihood, you have been scammed of your money.
The money could be cash, gold bullion, blood diamonds, gold dust, checks etc.
The sums usually run up to millions of dollars with the victim being promised a huge chunk of it for their "help".
The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.