In November, the Boston Police Department warned daters to be wary of people they met online after robbers targeted victims who thought they were meeting a romantic interest at a specific address. "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.'" Criminals searching for real-world victims online haven't just focused on dating sites."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. 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."If she hasn't done it before, then she has talked to people who have done it." It is unclear if Bustos has hired an attorney, and her family members could not be reached for comment.- - - Using the lure of Internet love to get money from unsuspecting people is a scam as old as the Web itself.When you're dealing with the Internet, you don't need the resources that you might need in an interpersonal relationship, or face-to-face.But on the Internet all you need really is to be very skillful at presenting yourself as something that you aren't.There was no reason for Adam Hilarie to believe anything but the obvious: He had just been on a promising first date with a pretty girl.Hilarie had met Hailey Rose Bustos on Plenty Of Fish, which bills itself as the largest dating site in the world.
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.In rare instances, victims - like Hilarie - can lose their lives.Still, stories exist across the country of people looking for love but finding violent criminals instead.A witness told investigators that Bustos had been involved in at least one similar robbery before, Ray told The Post.For her role in the deadly robbery of Adam Hilarie, Bustos was paid in cash, police said.Experts say people are getting better at spotting many of the Internet's longtime scams: They're suspicious of unsolicited emails from the Nigerian royal family, and they ignore the romantic entreaties of beautiful lovestruck women who sound vaguely like badly programmed algorithms. And on dating sites, would-be scammers have a trump card: People are irrational when they're looking for love.