(AP) Scammers posing as soldiers on Facebook

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Con artists are targeting women on Facebook in what's becoming an all-too-common ruse: They steal photos of soldiers to set up profiles, profess their love and devotion in sappy messages -- and then ask their victims to cut a check.

Army Sgt. James Hursey, 26, discharged and sent home from war in Iraq to nurse a back injury, found a page with his photos on Facebook -- on a profile that wasn't his. It was fake, set up by someone claiming to be an active-duty soldier looking for love.

Military officials say they've seen hundreds of similar cases in the past several years. Some of the impersonators have even used photos of soldiers who have died overseas.

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Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Larry Morse wrote:

What can be the punishment that matches the size of this crime?  L

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