I checked the immigration policy in Australia and we actually do have a requirement to pay security bond when application for visa is lodged in certain countries including Russia.

The scammers typically play on the victim’s emotions, professing their love and gaining the victim’s trust before asking for money. I wish to share with everybody a financially and emotionally painful experience I had with an attractive 25 year old hairdresser from Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.

Below is the sad story of the victim of a super-scammer: a highly advanced Russian scammer who duped this man out of $3,625 and broke his heart. On 7 April 2006 I received an email from a lady named Sofiya through an internet dating site. We then started exchanging emails and photos and I was fooled by her emotional and warm words.

Following are the actual letters sent by another Russian scammer to another unsuspecting victim in the United States who was scammed out of $1,200. She talked about how important it is to have trust and that she prefers to view the world as having more good people than bad and that she could not wait until she lives with me in Australia to be "happy forever".

Sofiya then sent me a photo of herself with her mother, a photo of her as a little child etc to try and prove that she was genuine and she even telephoned me in the middle of the night!

I felt sorry for her and unfortunately we re-commenced our communication.

On 24 April 2006 Sofiya asked me for money to purchase an air ticket, visa, passport, insurance etc with a total amount of ,845 USD which I paid via Western Union on . Then on whilst she was supposedly in Moscow collecting her visa from the Australian Embassy, I received an urgent email request (from an internet cafe apparently) for ,300 AUD to prove to the Embassy, her financial capacity to stay in Australia during the one month period.

She even telephoned me two times and we talked on the second call and she sounded very distressed begging me to pay that amount via Western Union.

She was very convincing and I believed everything she said.

The slight difference in Sofiya's technique compared to other scammers was that she answers questions in detail.