James says his 58-year-old aunt, Terri, who is a marriage and family therapist and has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, is a smart, independent woman. But he claims his aunt has fallen for a catfish scam and says she believes she was romantically involved with a famous Hollywood actor. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Relative gone from big success to a total mess?
“My Aunt Terri told me she had a boyfriend, and it was the actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan,” says James, adding, “I laughed it off, but I didn’t realize she believed it was true.”
Terri says after she was initially contacted online “Things started moving really, really quickly, and much to my dismay, I fell in love.”
Terri says when her online love told her he wanted to leave his wife and marry her, she gave him about $8,000 dollars in iTunes cards because she thought he was building their “Future.” WATCH Catfishing Scam Used A Hollywood Actor As Bait
She says she trusted him, so she turned over access to her bank accounts and all her social media accounts as well. Then, she says, deposits started showing up, and she was instructed to forward the money to other people. That’s when she says she went to the authorities.
“I know now, that I was unwittingly money laundering,” says Terri in the video above. She’s afraid her involvement will land her behind bars.
Terri says she’s convinced that the actor, or someone who works with him, is involved in the scam. Is Dr. Phil able to convince her online love is a fake, and she’s been the victim of a catfish? WATCH Dr. Phil To Guest Lured In By An Internet Catfish: ‘It’s Not Win Or Lose. It’s Win Or Learn’
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If you believe that you or someone you know have been the victim of an internet love-scam, visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center
to file a complaint. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Seeking justice? ‘My Aunt Has Lost All Insight,’ Says Man Who Claims She’s The Victim Of A Catfishing Scheme