As of 2012, such users buy credits "priced on a sliding scale, starting at .99 for 20 credits, and going up to 9.99 for 1,000.Each minute of simple, instant messaging-style chatting costs one credit.At this point she will set the victim up as her knight in shining armor, the only one who can help her.
Cam share (audio not enabled) costs six credits a minute. The Fortune article observes: "And thanks to people like me willing to pay to talk with beautiful young women like Anastasia – who was paid to respond – the trade is doing pretty well".
With all those matchmaking services offering Russian women dating online, it makes no surprise that thousands of men create accounts on those sites.
But what makes all those men dream about dating a Russian girl?
The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.
In the first few letters the scammer will say what a good woman she is and how hard life is in Russia.