You might find their reasons actually check out and send them the money but in all likelihood, you have been scammed of your money.
They often communicate with you for weeks and months so you think you are getting to know them better while it is actually all part of their master plan.
The standard scam story then starts to unfold as your online date suddenly has some sort of emergency in Nigeria or Ghana.
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It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.
Similar to the Spanish prisoner scam where the scamster promises to share his fortunes with the victim in exchange for money to bribe the prison guards, the Nigerian 419 has fully come into its own thanks to the availability of email.
Again, most often these scammers will pretend to be a Western man but in reality they will be scammers based in Africa.
This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.
They do not ask for money to buy the ticket or even for visa expenses… However, there is usually a last minute glitch and they will request you to send them a large amount of money without which the trip will be impossible.
These scammers know immigration rules and regulations well and might even cite some sort of visa requirement as their reason for requesting money.
The general storyline is she will want to come visit you but does not have enough money and will ask you to send her money to help pay for the plane ticket and/or visa.