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Monday, February 28, 2011

Identity thieves pose as dead soldiers to cheat lonely hearts online

Identity thieves have found an even uglier way to scam money out of the unsuspecting: They're setting up fake Facebook profiles and posing as soldiers who are overseas or, in some cases, dead. They approach women, sweet-talk them and then request money. Not everybody is falling for it, though:

"I said, 'How can you say you love me? You don't even know me. You are insane,'" she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "... You could tell the guy in the picture was young. I'm 53 years old. You can look at my picture and tell I'm not 20."

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