Many victims report that they received the first email from the scammer "out of the blue," and that they never belonged to any dating sites.
Sometimes scammers even use Craigs List, Facebook, Myspace, or other popular web site to find potential victims After a while the letters from single men from all over the world start arriving in the scammer's mailbox.
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.
Some scammers offer to pay for visa themselves (as a "good faith" gesture).
The bait will keep the "flames of his love" alive by periodically chatting with him on the phone or sending him descriptions of "her" erotic fantasies.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.She will tell that she has found out everything she needs to do to receive a tourist (work, student) visa.She will be all bubbly and excited about the opportunity.She will explain in detail how much it will cost to get the visa and the tickets, and how to send the necessary amount to get things going.