Dr Phil: Nigerian Romance Scam
Dr Phil debunked a woman named Dawn who was the victim of a Nigerian romance scam. But these scams can happen to men as well. Dr Phil met Lucy, who thinks her son was also scammed out of thousands of dollars.
Dr Phil: Marine Online Scam
Craig said he connected with Jen online after he completed Marine Corps boot camp. They had mental and emotional bonds, but they were separated while he was deployed. In June 2012, Craig reconnected with Jen on Facebook.
At Thanksgiving, they got engaged online, and Craig’s mom freaked out, since he has never met Jen face-to-face. According to Lucy, her son has invested about $20,000 in this scam artist. He admitted that he sends her a few hundred dollars out of every check.
Dr Phil: Online Engagement & Cancer Scare
All the excuses she came up with were great ways for Jen to get money out of Craig. “If I knew Jen wasn’t real, it wouldn’t have changed my reasoning for giving her the money,” he said. She supposedly had leukemia and did not want to meet her fiance while she was sick.
“If this girl is real, I will go out and buy her a diamond ring myself and get down on one knee and ask her to marry him,” Lucy said.
Dr Phil: Overseas Military Online Dating
Dr Phil invited Lucy and Craig on the show. Craig has been a Marine serving the US for four years. He is back from overseas, and Craig admitted right out of the gate that his relationship seems pretty suspect.
“I got caught up in a moment of emotional vulnerability,” he said. Dr Phil asked him about his statements about giving away his money. That does not make sense because if she is not real, then neither are her illness or excuses.
Dr Phil: Facebook Engagement To Scam Artist?
Craig said that what’s done is done, and if she turned out to be fictional, he could move forward and not look back. He admitted that he would be upset if he learned that he had been scammed.
He admitted that it made him feel good to care about her and help her out, while getting emotional support from their online relationship. They got engaged online and even became Facebook official, but Craig had some reservations and intended to make his proposal in person.
Dr Phil: Fake Girlfriend With Leukemia?
Craig drove three hours to see her one day and surprise her in the hospital. But she intervened before Craig arrived and told him he did not want to see her. “For what I felt, what I thought was real love obviously might have been nothing more than just a mirage,” he said.
He has made multiple plans to meet her in person, all of which have fallen through. He had not talked with Jen for about a month before this show taping.