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The FBI said there is no indication that the information was ever removed.
At first, Best -- who juggles two part-time jobs working with developmentally-disabled adults and people with mental illness -- resisted, telling John she simply didn't have the money. "He was trying to get me to use my credit cards, borrow from my friends and family," said Best, who earlier told her saga to The Huffington Post.
When he told her days later he couldn't afford to eat, Best gave in, wiring him two $250 payments. soldiers serving abroad, then ask for money to purchase laptops, international phones or a plane ticket home so their fake relationship can continue. Army's Criminal Investigation Command says they receive hundreds of reports every month from people fooled by phony service members.
Instead, she contacted a local television reporter and Hursey, whose name was visible in the phony profile's photos.
"I just wanted to see exactly how far this would go and I wanted to protect people ...
It was fake, set up by someone claiming to be an active-duty soldier looking for love.
The fake's cover was blown by Robinson after she had begun talking to him thinking he was one of several people named Mark Johnson that she knew.
Be especially cautious with people you only know through online messages and phone calls. Many scammers use fake photos to lure their victims but video messaging is much harder to fake.
This screenshot shows a Facebook page set up by a person impersonating Army Sgt.
James Hursey and showing Facebook friend Janice Robinson.
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.
He told her it would cost 0 for them to be able to communicate by phone.