May 19, 2017
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.
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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.
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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.