Choose a reputable dating service or agency in order to avoid being scammed this way.
You come across a profile of a young, attractive woman on an online dating site or maybe she contacts you.
She professes her love and gives instructions to send money through Western Union or Money Gram.
This is a broad example of Russian online dating scams.
She will then ask you to send her money for her plane ticket and/or visa.
This ploy also relies on the stereotypical assumption that all Russian and Eastern European women want to move to or visit America, Canada, the UK or Australia which simply isn't the case.
With many people catching on to this scam, the scammers have “improvised” their story a little.