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Soldier Scam

Scrolling through messages on her Facebook page, 45-year-old Dawn Robertson says she was seduced into a romantic Facebook adventure for two weeks.
"He was good looking," Robertson said.
The profile photos show what appeared to be a hunky U.S. Army man with a huge smile. He wrote Robertson, telling her his name was Brad Davidson and he was stationed overseas.
He had originally approached Robertson by sending her a friend request. She accepted, and the two began to exchange love notes every day.
"He wrote, 'You are my one and only. One day when we are old and grey sitting on a porch in our rocking chair, we'll be able to think
back to how we started,'" said Robertson. The romance didn't end there.
"He wrote I love you, Sweety, I love you, Baby," said Robertson. "It's any woman's dream to have a man talk to you this way."
But then came the sell. Robertson said whoever was behind the photo, started asking her for money.
"He said he wanted to open a pet store overseas," said Robertson who became suspicious.
Then someone began sending Robertson checks.
"It was to prove to me he was real. I got a check for $17,430 made out to him. I knew that couldn't be real. No one sends that kind of money."
Robertson then received another check for $7,600.
"That check was from a women in Delaware," said Robertson.
She tracked down the woman on Facebook. The two became friends, and Robertson learned that woman had also been communicating with a so-called military man who befriended her on Facebook.
"He took me for $3500," said Shirley Hurtt by phone from Delaware. "I think they're very very selfish people to have to scam people and ask people for money."
Sharon showed News 13 the checks she had received but never tried to cash. Other women follow the instructions and cash the checks only to find out the checks bounce. Women are instructed to wire money using Western Union. Several days later, when the checks bounce, it's too late. The women have already taken the money out of their bank accounts.
"We tell people, please, don't give them the money. People have lost so much in North Carolina," said Norma Messer, director at Asheville's Better Business Bureau.
 


 



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