Using the lure of Internet love to get money from unsuspecting people is a scam as old as the Web itself.
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.
I stay way away from them.” Ray, the deputy chief, said it’s unclear whether Bustos used her real name.
At a news conference, he said he suspected that she was experienced with the scheme.
For her role in the deadly robbery of Adam Hilarie, Bustos was paid in cash, police said.
Johnny Jackson told The Post that Hilarie, his brother, took Bustos to the same bowling alley the siblings used to go to as kids.
“And the smartest person can be taken in during the early stages of the dating process.
Except now it’s more sophisticated and easier for someone to lie and cheat and fabricate because they can pretty much change their identity to make it fit a new reality.” Scammers, Levin said, “are experts at presentation of self.
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.
Still, stories exist across the country of people looking for love but finding violent criminals instead.
In June, robbery victims in Florida told police they had shown up at hotels in Oldmar and Clearwater expecting to meet a woman with the screen name “Curvy Cameron 93.” She never showed; instead, two men with guns held the victims up, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.