Internet deception dating
OK, time out–they cut to a reaction shot of Dr Phil’s wife in the audience, who was all, “Oh no! Dr Phil said there are a plethora of online scams that originate from the Middle East; apparently Dr Phil has seen before.He went on to point out the grammatical errors and inconsistencies that popped up in David’s correspondence.
Dawn basically agreed that the letters sound fake when Dr Phil reads them.I guess my conservative upbringing is to blame, but I think even if I were the victim of an Internet romance scam, I would draw the line at going on TV to defend it.What does Dawn have to lose if it turns out David is a fraud?It gets better: he is in a Turkish prison and has also been in a foreign hospital during the course of their seven-month relationship. She never intended to pursue a relationship after her divorce, but now she believes that she is in love.She said she believes he is real because of the loving and tender words he writes to her.Heather, another of Dawn’s daughters, said she took this money from her savings. Gail said these loans cleaned her out, but Dawn is hopeful that David will pay her back when he gets everything sorted out.
David claimed he is a secret agent for the US government and cannot reveal details about his personal life.
I am sad for this lady, because the Internet is full of scam artists, and who doesn’t want to believe in love?
The real question here is, how do we address the Internet illiteracy that makes people susceptible to this?
Have today’s guests been victims of online dating scams?
Dr Phil opened the show by sharing a seemingly loving statement about someone who is happy and affectionate toward a partner.
Dr Phil said this letter was written to his guest, Dawn, from her boyfriend David, whom she has never met.