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She is baiting you. There is no such thing as BTA. That stands for Basic Travel Allowance.
Italians enter the US on the Visa Waiver Program and they need to show neither funds nor a visa!
Normally the scam starts withtrying to establish a romantic relationship, perhaps just a friendship atfirst. They also may claim to be a citizen of the UK or US or wherever so thatyou would not suspect they have any ulterior motive. They pull at yourheartstrings by telling stories of hardship or tragedy that they have sufferedin their life. At some point they want to come visit. They may ask you to sendmoney for a passport and/or plane ticket. They may tell you that they havemoney, perhaps even that they are wealthy, but their money is tied up orsomething like that, perhaps they tie it into a tragedy or something. Then thenext step is when they supposedly have the passport and plane ticket, theysuddenly come up with this Basic Travel Allowance or (BTA) which is supposedlyto show authorities that they have enough money to fund their trip. This is alie. There is no such thing. They ask you to send that money so they can put itinto a bank account to show the authorities. This is just another method tosteal money from you. Then the next part of the scam would be when they aresupposed to arrive. You wait for them at the airport and they never show up. Afew days go by, you get extremely worried, none of your methods ofcommunication work, and then suddenly a "friend" or"relative" of the scammer contacts you to let you know that she hasbeen detained/arrested by authorities for carrying something illegal, I haveheard of unregistered gold and they say it would have been a gift for you(perhaps to pay you back for the money you sent). The friend or relative of thescammer then asks for you to send money to bribe or pay fines in order to havethe scammer released. From there, I have not heard of how else they are able toget money out of people. Of course there are variations to the scheme, butthat's pretty much how it goes. The US Embassy London addresses the BTA scam at this link
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Trust me, the hit is coming.
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