Broward resident Susan Rizzo is heartbroken but is seeking her money back after she was scammed by a phony military officer. She is also looking to prevent other women from experiencing the pain she’s going through.
“However, for somebody else to get taken like this emotionally and financially—it’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful,” Rizzo exclusively told NBC 6.
Normally, there’s not much to go on when these kinds of scams happen, but this time, Rizzo has lots of information, and where that information took NBC 6 wasn’t to Afghanistan, or the Middle East — but to Atlanta, Georgia.
Rizzo said she sent $25,000 to who she thought was a handsome man who had posted his picture online. NBC 6 can’t determine the authenticity of the photo or the classy name he used: Nicholas Shawn Wells Edwards.
“I sent the first amount of money feeling it was right based on where we were at,” Rizzo said.
The $25,000 was for his trip back to South Florida. He had claimed he was with the Army in Afghanistan.
“He had gone to Falluja, Mosul, and was going to end up in Khandahar,” Rizzo said. “Yes — and he told me on different missions he had lost men from his group and he was considered the military anthropologist so he was in a relatively safe position.”
The man said he had spent all his money getting from Afghanistan to Israel, and that’s where she thought he was when she deposited the money to him.
NBC 6 took a close look at the…