“Half of the profiles, they don’t even put their real name,” Jackson said.
“I see girls on there that their occupation is getting money.
“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.
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.
“To avoid becoming a victim of these crimes, we urge members of the public to arrange meetings with online vendors in public places, such as local police departments,” John Horn, the assistant U. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said following the sentencing hearing of a Craigslist robber.
The next night, her real intentions became clear, police told The Washington Post. A brief (and sordid) history.] “Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter,” according to arrest reports obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
Bustos, 18, brought three men with her to Hilarie’s place, including two career criminals on probation for violent felonies. When Hilarie, 27, responded to the knock on the door, the men overpowered him and dashed inside, police said. Hilarie was shot in the head and collapsed on the kitchen floor, Auburndale’s Deputy Police Chief Andy Ray told The Washington Post.
In rare instances, victims — like Hilarie — can lose their lives.
As the victim escorted the woman known as “Nikki” to his car, a man with a gun appeared and the pair robbed the victim of 0, then ran away.
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.
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.