Or, similarly, at the airport Russia won't allow her to depart unless she leaves a sizable cash deposit to ensure her return. I hope I'm not being too subtle or ambiguous :-) So by following this simple rule you will never lose money to these kinds of Russian scammers, but fortunately I can give you a few more pointers that can help you recognize an email scam long before the punch line and save you any significant time or emotion on these scammers.
I could go into detail, but just trust me when I say that none of these things are true! For instance: Between these telltale signs you can easily eliminate nearly any risk of email scams.
She is a FAKE woman in love with you, so wire her some FAKE money!Or instead of the "database method", sometimes they just put their email address in disguised form ("elena12321 at ya hoo com") in their profile on a site like ALL girls on Match claiming to be from Russia/Ukraine who post a disguised email address like this are Russian scammers.Russia/Ukraine never requires a deposit from departing citizens, nor do they require travelers to buy their own tickets. But if you don't want to need to become an expert in recognizing Russian scammers, I would recommend THE 100 PERCENT SUREFIRE COMMON-SENSE CURE: NEVER SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU HAVE NEVER MET IN PERSON (Skype and phone don't count). Their scam prevention practices are the best in the business.
Russian scammers are always coming up with new, creative, convincing twists to this basic story...