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.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.
"Romance is by definition quite irrational," Jack Levin, co-director of Northeastern University's Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, told The Post.Johnny Jackson told The Post that Hilarie, his brother, took Bustos to the same bowling alley the siblings used to go to as kids.Jackson remembered his brother cracking jokes while wearing Florida State University colors, the school whose teams they cheered.The brothers had talked about the site, because Jackson is also a member."Half of the profiles, they don't even put their real name," Jackson said.