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Facebook sweetheart scam takes woman for $44,550

Facebook sweetheart scam takes woman for $44,550
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We've told you about a lot of Facebook scams, like a recent one where people were scammed into buying purebred bulldogs from Australia. There are plenty of other Facebook scams, like a British Airlines deal to win free flights for a year.

But there's a new Facebook scam that's really heartbreaking. Not only did scammers cheat a lonely Texas mom out of a lot of money, they also tugged at her heartstrings to get her to pay up.

Keep reading if you want to be furious. This mother of a 2-year-old son was just coming off a broken marriage. She and her son were alone, and she was lonely. So, this young mom did what a lot of people do - she went to Facebook to find companionship.

Of course, Mr. Right showed up. He was U.S. Army Capt. Clark McGarthy, who said he was actively serving in Afghanistan and tapped right into her broken heart. He said he thought she was interesting, and was soon telling her that he loved her. They took their conversation off Facebook, and continued to send each other emails and texts.

He spent a few months telling this woman all about their life together, including buying her a big house and a BMW. Then, innocently, he told her he needed a little help.

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