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They just put all the email addresses they can collect through this method into a database for later use.And the "Russian woman" who writes you later won't usually be the pictures on this profile.The picture in the profile was just the bait used by Russian scammers.After harvesting your email address like this (or any one of many other methods), Russian scammers start on their email sequence.
She may continue the dialog immediately after you exchange contact information, OR you may never see another message from her, but days, weeks, or months later you will start getting very generic emails from various Russian women you've never seen claiming they saw your profile at a dating agency and want to get to know you.
So since you are such the perfect man for her and she wants to be with you, she will obviously choose your city. From there the plot almost always goes something like this... On her way to the airport she just needs to go to her workplace to collect the paycheck or to the bank to retrieve wired funds from mom/dad/grandmother/etc to pay for her visa, flight, etc., and wouldn't you know it, SWEETIE HAD A CASH-FLOW CRISIS.