These guys are sitting in front of a computer somewhere, and if they get one person a day to fall for it they can clear a decent amount of money. That lady on Dr Phil had sent $186,000 to the scammer,and if he came from Nigeria or Russia, which is where a lot of these guys are, that's a good payday for him. He probably had ten other people suckered in so even if he gets them to send him$1000 a month,that's substantial money for those countries.
i can't believe that anyone falls for it, but I know about it, and there are constant streams of people on here who post asking whether it's a scam or not. Not everyone has seen this kind of thing before. They come up with new methods all the time, too. I got an email last week from a company that wanted to put an ad on my website, and it didn't feel right to me. I bet they were trying to put some kind of virussy ad onmy site that would take people's passwords or something. They were offereing $750 a month, which is outrageously high for a website ad, but I bet there would be people who would be tempted to do it.