But on the Internet all you need really is to be very skillful at presenting yourself as something that you aren't.

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.

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- - - 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.

"Her comfort with the way this went, didn't seem like it was her first time," he said.

"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.

As Hilarie bled out, Ray said, the suspects went downstairs, pulled their car to the front of the apartment and began stealing the dead man's Xbox, i Phone and TVs -- valuables Bustos had spotted the night before.

A witness told investigators that Bustos had been involved in at least one similar robbery before, Ray told The Post.

I stay way away from them." Ray, the deputy chief, said it's unclear if Bustos used her real name.

At a news conference, he said he suspected she was experienced with the scheme.

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.

Detectives told WFLA they feared victims would be afraid to come forward because they would be embarrassed telling people how they got robbed.