Paying It Forward: Woman Who Says She Lost Nearly $100k To A Catfish Offers Advice About Moving On

In 2018, Connie says she was recently widowed and looking for companionship when she met a man online who called himself “Johnston Conti.” The man told her he was a diamond distributor, but as Connie says she soon found out that, “Johnston” wasn’t who - or what - he claimed to be. “I was scammed out of almost $100,000,” she says, noting that the money she gave to “Johnston” was most of her retirement savings. Connie admits that she “ignored all the red flags.” Dr. Phil introduces Connie to Anna whose family claims that she, too, has been conned out of tens of thousands of dollars by an alleged catfish going by the name “Sammie Lee Strong.” “Been there, done that,” says Connie. Watch the video above to learn more about Connie’s story, and hear the advice she offers to Anna about moving on from painful circumstances. And later, what is Connie’s response when Dr. Phil introduces her to the man behind the photographs “Johnston Conti” stole and used to catfish her? It’s a meeting you won’t want to miss! The conclusion of this three-part Dr. Phil airs Thursday. Check here for your local listing. WATCH: Man Adamantly Denies Knowledge Of Alleged Catfish. Claims Online Photos Were Stolen If you believe you have been the victim of an internet love scam, visit the FBI’s special website: www.IC3.gov. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Want Dr. Phil to investigate a situation or possible scam?