used to read 419eater and the like way back and this is where many scammers take it when you know it is a scam, and they know you know it is a scam.
it's just the next level of the scam... now they want pity money
"conditions here are terrible i am forced to do this but with just $100 i can get training for another job" or some such shit
romance scammers hit this angle all the time with a lot of success because they already established that personal connection. some even turn it into a ploy for marriage just to get flown out and citizenship
don't fall for it. even if it didn't somehow turn into asking for money, that's where they were looking to take it