She described the moment they met on the internet:
‘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!”‘
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. Last June, she even had to sell an apartment she owned to wire him $550,000 for bail.
However, she believes he is trying his best to make it home.
Sarah however, concedes 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.’