To see what kind of person you are dealing with, you may just mention that you are in a bad financial situation yourself and would love to help her with money but cannot do that at the moment.If she is genuinely attracted to you, as she says, then she will understand.If she is there just for the money, her letters will become less loving and less frequent, or she will even stop writing to you completely.Yes, this looks like a typical "copy and paste" scammer.We hope this information will help you not fall into a fraud trap.Although your lady friend might have some legitimate reasons not to invite you to her home-country (and we hope the reason is not already having a husband at home or not even being a woman you think you are corresponding with) it should still raise a red flag for you.Also, you can contact the Embassy that issued that visa to confirm its validity.
Signs that you might be scammed: From our experience we should warn you that anyone can become a victim of a scam.
Encounters International The agency is based in Washington, DC and has offices in Moscow, Yaroslavl, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine, years in business with an impressive track record. Be careful with sites/agencies that allow you to post your profile on-line, receive E-mails from apparently interested women, and then require payments for opening them.
To avoid this we recommend to check the agency BEFORE you post your profile on their site.
Do not send her any money, offer to buy her a ticket instead. Even if she writes to you that an airline ticket would cost two or three times less in Russia (which is questionable) , do not send her the money! Most likely you are being set up for a "visa and tickets scam" when a bride asks you for money to pay for her tickets and visa and then disappears once she gets it. Ask her to provide more details on the University that she is going to come to study at, and then contact that University.
We suggest you check with your country's Embassy to see how easy it would be for her to get a tourist visa to your country. If they have some kind of a student exchange program in place, they will be happy to tell you about it.