With millions of people looking for love online, it’s a target-rich environment for scammers to trick innocent people into a fake relationship. They often do this by stealing images of attractive young women from other websites, creating a profile and pretending to be that person to lure in an unsuspecting man.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Betrayed by a loved one?
Jerry says he is involved in four online relationships
with young, beautiful women — but his wife and daughter believe these are fake profiles and that he is being catfished.
In the video above, Dr. Phil shares with Jerry that one of the women he was speaking with had her picture stolen from another website and used by someone who created a fake profile about her – and quite possibly that’s the person Jerry was actually speaking to.WATCH: Man Learns Surprising Details About ‘Women’ He Says He Met Online And Had Relationships With
Dr. Phil also explains that according to FBI investigators and people who admit to scamming others, when con artists communicate with potential targets, they purposely don’t correct their spelling and grammar.
“They said, ‘We don’t clean it up on purpose, because the person that’s willing to overlook this are the best targets. If we send someone broken English, bad spelling, obvious mistranslations of English and they’re willing to look past that, that is a live fish,’” Dr. Phil tells Jerry. WATCH: Woman Explains How She Tricked One Of Her Husband’s Online Loves Into Communicating With Her
This episode airs Thursday
. Tune in to see updates on former guests who learned that they were being “duped online” and see if any say they are still communicating with the people that were revealed to have been impostors. Check here
to see where you can watch.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Dr. Phil, please solve our conflict!
Woman Shares How She Says She Got Caught Up In An Online Dating Scam