Dr Phil: Online Love Scams Update
Dr Phil has been talking to Joy, a woman catfished online by Donny, who claimed he was trapped in the military in Egypt, but that didn’t stop them from getting married via text message. She sent him $50,000, but now it seems like the jig might be up. Past guest Sandie was on Dr Phil’s show under similar circumstances, and she returned with an update. What is spearfishing?
When Sandie met Max, he was in Afghanistan on a top secret mission. Their meetings were always thwarted, but that did not stop her from mailing him cash concealed in cereal boxes that she mailed to Ghana.
She thought that his name, Max Moose Advisor, was peculiar, because it is gibberish. Coming on the show made Sandie realize that she was the victim of a scam artist in Ghana. But since she appeared on the show, she started dating someone who lives in her neighborhood, whom she can confirm actually exists.
Dr Phil: Does Donny Exist?
“There is a happy life on the other side once you work through this,” Sandie said before joining Dr Phil and Joy onstage. “I know exactly where she is right now, how she’s feeling. But I want her to know that there really is life after this.”
Dr Phil checked in with Joy, who was finally accepting that the scam had taken advantage of her. Dr Phil said that Joy’s own friends wrote to the show because they care about her, and then he talked to her mother Joyce on the phone to get her thoughts.
Joyce did not believe that Donny existed, but she said she had some ideas for him if he did. Dr Phil introduced Dr Julie Albright, a digital sociologist who has investigated these types of scams and online interactions.
Dr Phil: What is Spearfishing?
Deception is nothing new online, but it has advanced beyond lying about weight or relationship status. More recently, Dr Albright said that things have turned criminal.
What is Spearfishing? It is a term referring to cyber crime that has typically been associated with corporate espionage. But Dr Albright said this is the next step, where scammers are targeting vulnerable, lonely women for money.
Dr Phil said that Joy’s marriage ended because her needs were not being met. He said that now she will have the chance to find what she wants and needs in life. He offered to hook her up with some professional help after the show to get through this bump in the road and start a new chapter.
Robin’s Friday Favorites: T3 Featherweight 2 Blow Dryer Review
Dr Phil’s wife Robin came onstage at the end of the show to show off Robin’s Friday Favorites.
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Blo Blow Dry Bar – Don’t feel like doing your own hair? Blo Blow Dry Bar is open seven days a week, and a wash and blowout is only $40, regardless of hair type or length.
AveryLasting Love Lip Gloss – Robin also hooked her audience up with a 30-day supply of her skin care line, Revelation, as well as the AveryLasting Love lip gloss named for their granddaughter.