Woman sends S$1.4 million to man she met online
A woman was so enchanted by a man she met online 18 months ago that she has sent him a total of US$1 million (S$1.4 million) to date.
Never mind that she has never met him throughout this time. And never mind that his accent changes often.
The woman, who has inherited money, has transferred the money to him to different bank accounts worldwide whenever he has asked her for money.
The woman, known only as Sarah, was recently on the Dr Phil show, a popular TV show in the US which discusses all kinds of human behaviour.
Her cousin, Crystal, told Dr Phil she felt Sarah was being conned by the man, who calls himself Chris Olsen and claims to be from Italy.
"If Sarah continues sending ‘Chris’ money, she’s going to have nothing left," Crystal said.
Chris has asked for money to pay for his hotel bills, calling cards, lawyer fees, renewing of visas, stolen credit cards and bail.
But Sarah, who has been divorced twice before, said she was in love with the man and is "95 per cent certain it's not a scam". They chat every day for hours on the phone.
She met Chris online 18 months and he told her he was from Milan, Italy, but moved to the United States 18 years ago and now doing business in Africa.
"He told me early on that he was a widower and that he had two daughters and he was on a business trip in South Africa," Sarah said. "He's very poetic when he talks to me."
Last June, she even sold her apartment to wire him US$550,000 bail after he told her he was arrested.
Recalling how they first 'met' online, Sarah said: "An attractive person came on there and said 'Wow, you look like you wouldn't hurt a fly.' And I said 'Wow, this guy's really handsome. I can't believe he's talking to me!'."
Olsen had told her he was prevented from returning home to see her because he keeps getting arrested on false charges..
Source: Buzzfeed, DrPhil.com, Daily Mail