Thanks to Eddie and Ojas as well for their valuable input. I am the anonymous poster two slots up from Eddie's long post. I about got bit by this in January of 07, but I googled the name and the mighty delphi popped up.
Initially, I was furious. But, I had always remained a bit skeptical even before the money letter. Thank God they never got a dime from me, and never will. If you really think that this is some poor Russian girl, you're being foolish. Big thanks to OJAS for the link he provided that proves these are international crime rings. I recently had seen a TV program investigating these scams, and it was in the middle of a bust. They pulled over 30 young men out of a flat near Yashkar Ola, where most of these scams originate. The men admitted to scamming, because they cannot make better money in their poor country. Many are recruited young and scam money puts new recruits through college (Yes, a university education in computer science).
At current, Russian authorities have made significant progress in the clamping down on these rings. But, they say as soon as one goes down, two more go up. That is their way of life, so to speak. In fact the scammer's admit that they don't think any of this is illegal. And the authorities are limited in taking more action. Better yet, the crimes only put them in prison for usually a little over one year. Then what do they do? What every criminal (almost every) does, go right back to crime. Since the time I was almost scammed, I have only been contacted on a few sites with the random email from an 80 year old in Yuma, Arizona who writes me an email and begs to not use the sites internal email; instead typically a Yahoo, or Gmail account. That's when you know to stay the fuck away. They are hiding something if you cannot talk to them internally, like on Match per se. I almost went for the bait, due to a pending divorce then; so naturally, I let my emotions steer my actions. Best tip I can say is: Don't act on emotions! That's where us guys screw up. Since I threatened over 30 email addresses I snagged of off here, (with a really brutally legal threat), things have quieted down. Caveat: If it's too good to be true, then it usually is not true. America 101.