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Everything is pre-arranged so that the wealthy foreigner pays for expensive accommodation, is taken not to an ordinary public café but to a costly restaurant (usually some out-of-the-way place priced far above what locals would ever be willing to pay), and is manipulated into making various expensive purchases, including gifts for the scammer such as electronics and fur coats. After the victim has left, the merchandise is returned to the vendors and the pro-dater and their various accomplices take their respective cut of the take.
As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.
Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out their sexual fantasy with the scammer.
This falsified passport was used in an actual internet romance scam.
The deception can be obvious to observers — for example, the photo on this passport does not comply with regulations for size or pose — but these signs are often ignored by victims.
Sometimes the third party is real, sometimes fictitious.
Funds sent by Western Union and Money Gram do not have to be claimed by showing identification if the sender sends money using a secret pass phrase and response.