“Her comfort with the way this went, didn’t seem like it was her first time,” he said.“If she hasn’t done it before, then she has talked to people who have done it.” It is unclear whether Bustos has hired an attorney, and her family members could not be reached for comment.Robberies and other violent Craigslist-related crimes across the United States — including multiple slayings — have sparked wariness among some Internet bargain hunters, too, giving police department parking lots a second life as a place to buy stuff from strangers.
“When the person arrives outside that location, they are approached by a male suspect armed with a handgun and robbed of their property,” Boston police said.
“As of now, investigators believe there have been 6 such incidents in the past 5 weeks. “Members of the public are urged to take precautions when using social media or dating websites because it’s possible you could come across a ‘Catfisher.’ ” [After Craigslist seller’s armed-robbery convictions, prosecutor warns: ‘Avoid becoming a victim’] Criminals searching for real-world victims online haven’t just focused on dating sites.
“Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate,” the FBI said just before Valentine’s Day, adding that “the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.” [How well online dating works, according to someone who has been studying it for years] Most victims walk away with lightened pockets and broken hearts.
In rare instances, victims — like Hilarie — can lose their lives.
Jackson remembered his brother cracking jokes while wearing Florida State University colors, the school whose teams they cheered.
“When it came to sports, he was always the number one pick,” Jackson said. We don’t put our kids in them.” Nobody was more important to Hilarie than his daughter, Lajaya, he said. “That was his world.” Jackson said he didn’t know how long his brother and Bustos had been talking on Plenty Of Fish.He’d picked her up and they went bowling in Winter Haven, Fla., at Cypress Lanes, which offers shoe and lane rentals for a quarter on Thursday nights, and specials on pizza and beer.A few hours later, the pair ended up at his place, where they talked a bit more and met up with his roommate. Bustos sent the single father a text afterward: She’d had a good time, she wrote to Hilarie, and wanted to meet up the following night at his place.But on the Internet all you need really is to be very skillful at presenting yourself as something that you aren’t.And it’s so much easier for someone to do that online.” It’s unclear how many people across the United States have been caught up in so-called romance schemes, although the FBI and the FTC have both issued warnings against them.With Hilarie on the floor in a pool of blood, Ray said, the suspects went downstairs, pulled their car to the front of the apartment and began stealing the dead man’s Xbox, i Phone and TVs — valuables Bustos had spotted the night before.