BOURNE (CBS) – The family of a fallen soldier is outraged that someone was impersonating him online.
“He was the best brother I could have ever asked for,” says Lisa Haglof, remembering her fallen brother Matthew Pucino, a Green Beret killed in Afghanistan four years ago.
The pain is bad enough, but recently it got worse when Lisa found out someone was posing as Matthew on a Facebook page. A friend told her the imposter tried to “friend him.”
“It’s absolutely despicable that somebody would do this,” Lisa said. “This is somebody that died for their country, died for everybody in it put his life on the line and you’re gonna betray his name and his memory like that.”
Lisa and hundreds of friends immediately notified Facebook, but she says it took two or three days for Facebook to finally remove the bogus posting.
“They can pull that down immediately and they didn’t,” Lisa says. “It’s not important to them.”
WBZ contacted Facebook and they said, “We take seriously all reports of fake accounts on Facebook and remove these for violating our community standards. We apologize to the family for the inconvenience.”
Lisa says Matthew’s name was also used on a dating site and that too has been removed, but she’s warning other families.
“So I just want people to be aware, Google your loved one’s names, constantly have people on the lookout for perpetrators,” she says. “People that would pose as their loved one, they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this.”
The family is actively trying to figure out who made the fake account. They say the investigation is going well.
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