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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.
"Half of the profiles, they don't even put their real name," Jackson said.At a news conference, he said he suspected she was experienced with the scheme."Her comfort with the way this went, didn't seem like it was her first time," he said.That same month, a 36-year-old man was robbed in Ohio after getting together with a woman he met on Plenty Of Fish, according to 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 $300, then ran away."As of now, investigators believe there have been 6 such incidents in the past 5 weeks. "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.
On the website's personal safety page, Craigslist emphasizes that a tiny fraction of transactions conducted through the site end in crime.
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.
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.
Detectives told WFLA they feared victims would be afraid to come forward because they would be embarrassed telling people how they got robbed.
"And the smartest person can be taken in during the early stages of the dating process.