Online dating scams letters
They buy photos from photo studios, or an innocent woman may be invited for a "photo probe" and she will not even know that her photos are used in this way.
Another way is downloading photos from the Internet, scanning from magazines or asking relatives/friends for their younger pictures.
There are some definite red flags but normally you won't be able to say for sure it is a SCAM before the money matters arise.
"Light" scammers may list 1 child under 10 years old; but it is very unusual.You will bet your finger that the letter is genuine, but it may turn out to be not.You will think that a woman from the picture cannot be a scammer because her face is the face of a decent honest person, and probably the woman on the picture really is. They take any picture of a beautiful Russian (or even not Russian) female, better a set of pictures, and use them for their dubious purposes.They are corresponding with a criminal whose sole aim is to rip them off.All is false - pictures, letters, words and feelings.