So, the chance is present, but if you prepare yourself in a proper way, the risk of being scammed can be reduced to almost zero.

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She sent dozens of pictures of her eating cake, dressed in a bathrobe, lying chastely on the bed, always dressed in white.

It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.

Virtually every aspect of cybercrime has been made into a service or plug-and-play product.

That includes dating scams — among the oldest and most common of online swindles.

The vendor of the fraud package advertises a guaranteed response rate of at least 1.2 percent, and states that customers who average 30 scam letters per day can expect to earn roughly $2,000 a week.

The proprietor also claims that his method is more than 20% effective within three replies and over 60% effective after eight.

A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.

Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.

Many of the sample emails read a bit like Mad Libs or choose-your-own-adventure texts, featuring decision templates that include advice for ultimately tricking the mark into wiring money to the scammer.