Yes ... this was me, The Woman Behind the Smile.

Now, I am stronger than ever and on a mission to make sure this doesn't happen to others!
It was NOT my fault - I am NOT alone -

If you think you may be the victim of a scam, watch all of  these videos!

NOW is the time to take action.

Contact Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams (SCARS).


It was NOT your fault.  You are NOT alone.

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Who Is The Woman Behind the Smile?

She is me & you.
She is your mom, your daughter, your best friend.
She is the woman sitting beside you, right now.

"There's no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." ~ Maya Angelou

Why it’s Important to Tell Your Story!

*Telling one’s story as a romance scam victim is crucial for several reasons:

  • Raising Awareness: Sharing personal experiences helps raise awareness about the prevalence and tactics of romance scams. By sharing their stories, victims educate others about the warning signs and red flags to watch out for, empowering them to protect themselves from falling prey to similar schemes.
  • Preventing Future Victims: Romance scammers often target vulnerable individuals who may be unaware of the risks. By sharing their stories publicly, victims can help prevent others from becoming victims themselves. Hearing firsthand accounts of the emotional and financial devastation caused by romance scams can serve as a powerful deterrent for potential victims.
  • Providing Support: Sharing their experiences can provide support and validation to other victims who may feel alone or ashamed of their situation. Knowing that they are not alone and that others have gone through similar experiences can offer comfort and encouragement to victims as they navigate their recovery journey.
  • Advocacy and Policy Change: By speaking out about their experiences, romance scam victims can advocate for policy changes and increased resources to combat romance scams more effectively. Their voices can contribute to legislative efforts aimed at holding scammers accountable and providing support services for victims.
  • Personal Healing: Sharing their story can be a cathartic and empowering experience for victims, allowing them to reclaim their voices and regain a sense of control over their narratives. Opening up about their experiences can also help victims process their emotions, heal from their trauma, and move forward with their lives.

Overall, sharing their story can play a vital role in raising awareness, preventing future victims, providing support, advocating for change, and promoting personal healing for romance scam victims.


Stand Up & Speak Up Podcasts, Articles, Interviews & Resources

Hello, I'm Debby Montgomery Johnson

Well, that was me when I discovered that an online romance I'd had for two years was nothing but a scam designed to lure me in and hand over more than One Million Dollars.

Yes ... that's right. I gave $1,080,762 to be exact to my online partner who over the course of those two years had me feeling loved, safe and cared for in a way I hadn't experienced since the sudden death of my husband.

My $1,080,762 Investment Was Actually PRICELESS!

What I've learned since the discovery of the betrayal and scam is actually priceless as I reclaimed my power, released the shame and guilt and now share how you too, can do the same.

Whether you've been involved in:

  • Some kind of online dating scam
  • A "Madoff" Ponzi Scheme or other bad financial investments
  • Failed Businesses ... Failed Marriages ... Marital Affairs
  • Or the wide array of other scenarios

Anything that made you feel foolish, ashamed, guilty or embarrassed, if I ... a former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer, Paralegal and Bank Branch Manager can recover and reclaim MY power ... I know you can too!

Have you been part of something that left you feeling ashamed or embarrassed?

Something that you thought, "Oh, how could I have been so foolish? I should have known better!"

Trembling on the inside with fear that others would find out about your big mistake -- while keeping your smile shining brightly on the outside?

You CAN step out from behind the mask and reclaim your strength, your confidence and your power.

It's Time for Us to All LOVE, LIVE & LEAD

Who Is The Woman Behind the Smile and Where Does She Live?

She is...your mother, your sister or your best friend

And she lives around the world or right next door!

Who Am I?

I am Debby Montgomery Johnson, an amazing, strong woman who has removed the mask of shame after experiencing a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster to the tune of over One Million Dollars. Yes, that's right ... $1,080,762 to be exact!

Like so many of us who have experienced pain, challenge, shame, guilt and worry, I would put on a happy face, smile and have the well-rehearsed words, "I'm fine" come flying out of my mouth.

I hid behind that smile for decades and it seemed to be working, until it just wasn't anymore and the time to remove the mask and step out from behind the smile became the only way for me to be.

Stepping out from behind the smile, and releasing the paralyzing fear of what others would think if they only knew the truth has allowed me to stand up in my power and I know it can do the same for you!

Who Are You?

You're a woman who is yearning to share your truth, to step out from behind the smile in faith that your courage will be met with love, kindness and understanding.

You're a woman who is strong, resilient, brilliant and beautiful - inside and out and who refuses to allow the past to keep you confined behind a forced smile.

You're a woman who has had defining moments and who allows those moments to define and shape your best and brightest future.

Join Debby Montgomery Johnson on Voice America Women's channel - Defining Moments and listen to Sharon Lechter, Nancy Matthews, Trish Carr, Kristy Arnett, Sammy Blindell, Kezia Luckett and others share the personal stories that changed their lives.

Listen to Debby's Show ► ► ►

About Debby Montgomery Johnson

Debby Montgomery Johnson is a woman on a mission. In her book, “The Woman Behind the Smile” she shares her personal experience with a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster and she removes the mask of shame and shows others how do to the same. Many of us have something, something we’re hiding, something we’re ashamed of, something that through no fault of our own or through our own making, something that we keep hidden and that,  in turn, keeps us hidden, from each other and the world.

From Vermont and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Debby is the President of Benfotiamine.Net, Inc, a vitamin supplement company that provides an alternative for the pain of neuropathy, a nerve disorder.  (Benfotiamine.Net).  Benfotiamine makes an extraordinary difference especially for diabetics and their families.

Her background is diverse, from working as a paralegal and bank branch manager to being a U.S. Air Force officer, serving as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency and in Wiesbaden, Germany.   Debby is just like you. A woman on a mission to live an authentic, joyful life as the Woman WITH the Smile rather than behind it.

Contact Debby at Debby@TheWomanBehindTheSmile.Com

Gail Dixon

The Woman Behind the Smile is both courageous and compelling. Debby Montgomery Johnson tells her story without an ounce of self-pity or self-blame. She sets the stage beautifully, letting us know how all of us can fall into the trap of hiding ourselves behind a smile meant to reassure the world and ourselves that everything is okay. Debby's story is riveting simply because it is so unexpected when you encounter the confident, articulate, put-together woman that she is today. And, of course, that is where the power lies!

Debby's story is out of this world! It's so good that you think you're reading a fiction novel filled with love triumphs and heart break, but this is her story. I'm so glad she had the courage to share her story with the world as millions of unsuspecting people are scammed out of millions of dollars every year around the world. In the midst of her storm and when she thought she was at rock bottom, she rose into a stronger and more powerful woman ready to impact the world. This book is AMAZING!!

Christy Rutherford

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