17

Woman defends sending £900,000 to lover in Africa she never met

She’s never met her African lover, yet this woman has spent $1.4million (£900,000) on him.

And she has no regrets.

Sarah, who has divorced twice, met Chris Olsen 18 months ago online and the pair have spoken for hours over the phone every day.

In that time he has repeatedly asked her for money and, despite his accent changing over that time, she is ’95 per cent certain’ that he’s the real deal.

He’s even tried getting to the U.S. several times, she says, but each time gets arrested on false charges, Sarah told Dr Phil

He told her that he was from Milan and works in South Africa on business. But he’s also said he’s working in Nigeria and Benin.

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!”.’

Sarah has paid for hotel bills, lawyers, stolen credit cards and $550,000 (£360,000) on bail.

Her justification? ‘I believe Chris does consider me his wife.’

She added: ‘I have questioned several times whether or not this is a scam. I am 95 per cent certain that Chris is telling me the truth. That this is legit.’

Sarah turned to Dr Phil to help unite them.