Nigerian scams have been on the news for a while now but people still fall for it. An American man has alleged he has sent over $100 thousand to his Nigerian wife that he’s never met. The man named Steve, who was on the “Dr. Phil” show says his so called wife has a pending inheritance worth $2.6million and he’s providing her with financial assistance until she can claim the money left behind by her late parents.
Steve and his alleged Nigerian wife known as Kelly has never met face to face and only communicate by chatting online. He told Dr Phil that he’d met Kelly through an online dating site and that they’ve been in the relationship since 2012. And according to him, they got married last year.
“I’ve sent Kelly about $103,000 in the last 29 months. I’ve not met Kelly, but it doesn’t matter. I love her just the same. ‘She has an inheritance coming, and I’ve always wanted to be a millionaire, so it’s like a match made in heaven. I just love her. She is beautiful and warm, kind, caring and loving.”‘ he said on the show as the shocked audience listened.
One reason Steve gave for not meeting his alleged wife face to face till date is that she has to remain in Nigeria in order to sign the documents needed to release the money. But he also said Kelly went back to the US after they met but it was not possible for them to meet.
However, when Dr Phil’s team analysed an email Kelly sent to Steve while she was allegedly in South Dakota, it turned out it was sent from Nigeria according to the IP address information.
‘Kelly’ told Steve she went to a nursing school in North Dakota, but when the show contacted the school they said no-one with her name had ever been enrolled.
At the moment, Steve is under probation for cashing a fraudulent check that was sent to him from Africa. The scam artist asked him to cash it to use it to help a ‘client whose life was in danger’. He was then asked to send $5,000 to five people listed. He was arrested after the bank picked up on it.
Her sister, Tammy, says she is worried because his brother has been scammed in the past. She is asking him to cut ties with ‘Kelly’ – and his other so-called clients. “My brother is delusional,’ Tammy says. ”Kelly’ could be a Nigerian man behind a computer,’ she added.
Source: Dr Phil/UK Dail Mail