A woman, simply identified as Sarah, sent $1.4million to a man she met online and had never seen physically, yet she says, she is ’95 per cent certain’ that she is not being scammed.
According to twice-divorced Sarah, she and the man, Chris Olsen, whom she met online 18 months ago, speak for hours on the phone each day.
In an interview, she said: “An attractive person came on there and said ‘wow you look like you wouldn’t hurt a fly’. I said ‘wow this guy’s really handsome, I can’t believe he’s talking to me!'”
He told her he was called Chris Olsen, who hailed from Milan but moved to the U.S. 18 years ago.
Currently, she says, he is based in Africa on business, and has been for more than a year and a half.
When they met he said he was in South Africa. After a brief stint in Nigeria, he relocated to Benin, Sarah explained.
Within seven weeks of meeting, he professed his love in a gushing email that referred to her as ‘Mrs Olsen’. And days later, he sent the first of many requests for money.
She has now sent him $1.4 million in total for hotel bills, calling cards, lawyers, an expired visa, stolen credit cards, and bail.
According to the report, she even had to sell an apartment she owned to wire him $550,000 bail money.
Sarah admitted that there are suspicious elements to his story: ‘When I first started talking to him,’ she told Dr Phil, ‘He sounded Italian now his accent’s kind of changed I don’t know if he’s adapted to where he’s at… in Benin.’
But, she concludes: ‘I still believe in love.’