SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A woman hopes her story will help other women from becoming an online victim. Bethany Bohn says she fell for a handsome man on Facebook, but that man wasn't who he claimed to be.
Bohn was awe struck by a man in uniform. He friended her on Facebook and moments later the personal emails started.
She read some of his writing, "Honey you have changed my life completely. You're the one who makes me happy. You're the one who makes me strong."
Stricken by his promise to love and protect-- Bohn was intrigued and she honestly wanted the relationship to work. "We started chatting instantly and then emailing."
At one point even had a pizza delivered to her home, but then Bohn noticed problems. The person controlling the Facebook profile, Mark Lex, would ask for money.
"The more questions I asked the more-- why don't you trust me," Bohn recalled. He responded to her questions with anger and then redirected her with emotion. He would write emails like, "I really wish that you were near me. I wish that I could call your name, when I needed you."
Bethany was torn between her heart and head, but decided to wise up. She sent one of his military ID's to get checked out and says she learned it was a fake.
She cried, put her heart aside and faced the man who was courting her. Here's what she wrote to him, "This is probably going to make you really mad, but you are a fake. Your ID's a fake and I can't believe that you actually do this to people."
She says he responded with vulgar language and gave her a guilt trip then the contact stopped.
Bohn is warning other trusting women to beware.