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Dr. Phil [2/24/2015]: I Believe My Cousin is Squandering Her Inheritance on a Love Scam
Published on 24 Feb 2015Dr. Phil: I Believe My Cousin is Squandering Her Inheritance on a Love Scam 2/24/2015
"I Believe My Cousin is Squandering Her Inheritance on a Love Scam"
February 24, 2015
Sarah, 46, admits she has sent more than $1 million to her boyfriend, “Chris,” whom she met online just over a year ago but has yet to see in person. Sarah’s cousin, Crystal, believes Sarah is being conned into squandering her inheritance. Dr. Phil’s viewers join the effort to help track down the man behind the images of “Chris.” Is this a scam?
- Twice-divorced Sarah met man named Chris Olsen (Jewish???) online 18 months ago
- Said he is from Italy, moved to U.S. 18 years ago, is in Africa for work
- They have never met, he has been in South Africa, Nigeria and Benin
- She has wired him $1.4m for bail, lawyers, lost credit cards, hotel bills
- Sarah told Dr Phil she believes he loves her and will come home
A woman has defended her decision to sent $1.4 million to her online lover in Africa - who she has never met.
Twice-divorced Sarah met Chris Olsen online 18 months ago.
Though the mysterious man's accent has changed over time, and he keeps asking for money to be wired to various different countries, Sarah insists she is '95 per cent certain' that he is telling her the truth.
Despite his numerous attempts to come home so they can be together, she says, he keeps getting arrested on false charges.
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Convinced: Sarah told Dr Phil she still believes in love and is certain her online lover is telling the truth
In an interview with Dr Phil, Sarah explained that they speak for hours on the phone each day.
She described the moment they met on the internet: 'An attractive person came on there and said "wow you look like you wouldn't hurt a fly". I said "wow this guy's really handsome, I can't believe he's talking to me!"'
He told her he was called Chris Olsen, who hailed from Milan but moved to the U.S. 18 years ago.
Currently, she says, he is based in Africa on business, and has been for more than a year and a half.
When they met he said he was in South Africa. After a brief stint in Nigeria, he relocated to Benin, Sarah explained.
Within seven weeks of meeting, he professed his love in a gushing email that referred to her as 'Mrs Olsen'.
Romance: She claims they speak for hours on the phone and though his accent has changed from Italian to African she has not wavered in her belief that he loves her
And days later, he sent the first of many requests for money.
She has now sent him $1.4 million in total for hotel bills, calling cards, lawyers, an expired visa, stolen credit cards, and bail.
Last June, she even had to sell an apartment she owned to wire him $550,000 bail.
However, she believes he is trying his utmost to make it home.
Sarah concedes that there are suspicious elements to his story: 'When I first started talking to him,' she told Dr Phil, 'He sounded Italian now his accent's kind of changed I don't know if he's adapted to where he's at... in Benin.'
But, she concludes: 'I still believe in love.'