May 2, 2016
Barbara says she’s in love with an online boyfriend, “David Chris Jr.”, and she says he is in love with her.
“When my husband died, I was completely devastated. I was so very depressed until I finally met David,” Barbara, who was married for 44 years before her husband died nearly three years ago, says. “David gave me a new lease on life … He makes me feel very special.”
Just one problem – the two have never met.
Barbara says she was introduced to "David" when a “cousin” sent her a message on a social media site with a link to "David’s" purported financial planning page. After communicating online, Barbara says that "David" asked her to send him money.
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“He explained, if I send him $2,000, he could get me a government grant,” she explains.
While she didn’t send him $2,000 for the grant, Barbara admits she has sent "David" – who she says claims he lives in Michigan but has been in Nigeria for the past year on business – money since they began talking.
“Over the past year, I have helped David out financially. He needed some help paying medical bills,” she says. “In the past nine months, I have sent him about $5,000.”
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Barbara also says she sent "David" $600 for a plane ticket home, but a few days later, she says he claims he was arrested for not being able to pay a hospital bill, and is still stuck in Nigeria.
Barbara says, once "David" makes it home, she is looking forward to the life they will have together.
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“David has made me feel like I’ve never felt before,” Barbara says. “My hope is one day, maybe we can make a life together.”
Watch more from Monday’s Dr. Phil here, as Barbara’s family worries this mystery has not only stolen Barbara’s heart, but also her money. Plus, see the only photo Barbara says she has seen of her “David Chris Jr.”