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The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim.
There is usually the promise that the scammer will one day join the victim in the victim's home.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and they will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out a sexual fantasy of theirs with the scammer.
Other scammers also like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam.
The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove that they are a real person so that the victim will send money for the flight. The victim will contact the scammer to ask what happened, and the scammer will provide an excuse such as not being able to get an exit visa, or illness of themselves or a family member.