Dr Phil producers were on hand when Dawn tried to call David, who was allegedly in a Turkish prison, where he had tried to commit suicide after cocaine was planted in his luggage at the airport. “Usually it’ll ring twice and then go to busy, and then I have to call him back again,” Dawn explained. She did finally get in touch with someone who claimed to be a Turkish inspector detaining her online boyfriend, David.
She said she sometimes calls him dozens of times every day because she loves hearing his voice. Back on the set, Dr Phil tried to maintain an impartial tone, despite his clear skepticism.
But Dawn believes in the story because she has begun to keep in contact with Sandy, David’s supposed 12-year-old daughter.
“David’s doing typical things of Internet scammers, but I didn’t want to let go of him,” Dawn said.
It gets better: he is in a Turkish prison and has also been in a foreign hospital during the course of their seven-month relationship. She never intended to pursue a relationship after her divorce, but now she believes that she is in love.
She said she believes he is real because of the loving and tender words he writes to her.
Heather, another of Dawn’s daughters, said she took this money from her savings. Gail said these loans cleaned her out, but Dawn is hopeful that David will pay her back when he gets everything sorted out.
David claimed he is a secret agent for the US government and cannot reveal details about his personal life.OK, time out–they cut to a reaction shot of Dr Phil’s wife in the audience, who was all, “Oh no! Dr Phil said there are a plethora of online scams that originate from the Middle East; apparently Dr Phil has seen before.He went on to point out the grammatical errors and inconsistencies that popped up in David’s correspondence.Dawn said that if David does exist, she is excited for the great life they could have together. Dr Phil made a list of the dozens of treacly pet names David has used in love letters to Dawn, which she admits drew her in. But Dr Phil had his producer search for part of the content of her love letter.In his third email to Dawn, David wrote what Dr Phil admitted was a touching and seemingly heartfelt letter. It was found in hundreds of places around the Internet. Heather, Dawn’s daughter, said it is ridiculous that he claims to be employed in a secret capacity by the US government.Dr Phil talked with Dawn, who may have been the victim of an online dating scam, and her family, who is concerned that she has been taken in by a con artist.