Renee says that during retirement, she was online and met a man 12 years younger and fell in love.
“Since meeting ‘Tom,’ I feel like I have a life again,” says the 71-year-old. “I feel like I’ve got somebody who treats me like a princess, and he makes me feel important. I haven’t felt this way in a long time.” 

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However, after four years, Renee, who has been married to Harold for 35 years, has never met “Tom” in person. She claims he’s stuck in South Africa and has a string of bad luck. “He’s been robbed of $10,000. He has lived on the street. He got Malaria from bed bugs, slept in his car,” Renee says of the 59-year-old who claims to be worth millions. “I’m trying to help ‘Tom’ come home.”

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Although Renee’s children, Todd and Marcy, say they believe “Tom” is a catfish, she says she feels “Tom” is real. “I don’t believe Tom is scamming me because if somebody was scamming me, why would they call you four or five times a day?” Renee says. “One day, he’s going to come riding up in a white carriage with horses, and we’re going to go away together.”
How does Renee react when she sees her kids? Plus, why does Renee say “Tom” can’t leave Africa – and why hasn’t she gone to visit him? Watch more in the video above.
On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, what will a Dr. Phil investigation uncover about “Tom”? Check here to see where you can watch.