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We need a generic question to cover all cases of romance scam:

And probably others.

Then we can close any new ones that come up as a duplicate.

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    What would the canonical answer be? "It's a scam"? – JoErNanO Oct 24 '17 at 14:38
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    @JoErNanO Essentially, yes. Isn't it always? – gerrit Oct 24 '17 at 14:53
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    I don't know that's why I am asking. :) – JoErNanO Oct 24 '17 at 15:24
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    "If you have to ask, it's probably a scam" should be the top answer. – JonathanReez Oct 24 '17 at 17:13
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    General formula: woman+online+money = scam – user13267 Oct 25 '17 at 1:38
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    Make that "someone claiming to be a woman" ;-) – Mawg Oct 25 '17 at 14:26
  • @user13267 not always — my Russian teacher on italki is online but is not a scam (and certainly not asking for €500) – gerrit Jun 15 at 21:53
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Your wish is my command :-) Here's the canonical:

My online friend is asking for my money in order to visit my home country. Is this a legit request or a scam?

Let's create a good canonical answer now.

  • "Someone says they need money to be able to travel." is even more generic. Too broad? – WGroleau Nov 1 '17 at 15:42
  • @WGroleau even better. – JonathanReez Nov 1 '17 at 15:49

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