Dr Phil: Online Dating Disaster
Dr Phil helped Dawn come to terms with the reality that she is the victim of an Internet romance gone bad and an online dating scam. What will happen next? Find out what advice Dr Phil had for Dawn about finding love offline and healing from her broken heart.
Dr Phil: Internet Romance Wiring Money Overseas
Dawn has been wiring money overseas in names other than her online boyfriend, David. Her daughter searched for one of the names online and found out it was a scam. But her mother did not believe her.
Dr Phil said that Dawn has admitted to having intimate conversations with David, including sending him racy photos of herself.
Dr Phil: Pig Busters Online Dating
What Dr Phil did find was David’s name and picture on several websites devoted to busting scams. One is called Pig Busters, and they traced the email traffic from David’s Yahoo account to Nigeria. Dr Phil even showed a photo of the scammer.
On another website, Dr Phil learned that he was using other names and the same photos to scam countless other people.
Dr Phil: Internet Romance Broken Heart
This relationship has unfolded over seven months, and Dawn said that talking to David makes her feel good. The sad part is that he is not real.
Dr Phil said that she will never see her money again, which should be obvious. Though Dawn expected to be brokenhearted, she did have a supportive family around her that cared about her and could support her.
Dr Phil: Online Dating Scam Artists
Instead of dating online, Dr Phil suggested that she could invest her time and energy in a real relationship. Dawn admitted that she knew this was a scam, but did not want to believe it was true.
“You were in love with being in love," Dr Phil diagnosed. I don’t think that is in the diagnostic manual, but that doesn’t make it less true.
Dawn seemed to take it really well that her fake boyfriend was a scam artist. I guess she probably did know the jig was up.