Online dating scam is one of the most common fraud scenarios. Russian women are known for their beauty, that’s why potential husbands abroad are looking for a russian bride. Scammers profit from it by creating thousands of fake profiles on dating websites around the world. When a foreigner falls in love with a beautiful picture and starts intense online communication, he is asked to pay for visa and flights for his virtual "bride".
To build trust, the scammer will send a copy of the passport containing a photo of the "bride," but it would have the data belonging to a money mule who is more than happy to get a few thousand dollars and forever break the trusting heart of the unsuspecting lover.