People can buy and sell items, even find a date online but once the leave the internet world behind they could be in danger.
“Whether we use online dating sites or whether we use Craigslist and other sort of sites to sell products, it’s just always good to be aware that you really don’t know who you are going to be dealing with,” Bexar County Sheriff spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said.
Hughes said an aggravated robbery August may have started with an online encounter.
The suspects identified as Mariah Wilson, Shawn Helton and Joe Carreon are accused of going to the victim’s home and robbing him at gunpoint.
The suspects stole credit cards, TV’s, an iPad and several cellphones.
“Don’t ever give somebody that (you met) online who you’re going to meet… don’t give them your home address,” Hughes said.
Hughes said when looking to do business online there are ways to be protected.
“It’s better to meet in a neutral place to bring somebody with you. Some people even meet in front of a law enforcement office. You can meet in the day time in a well-lit area and it’s always helpful to bring someone with you,” Hughes said.
Friends or loved ones should also know any plans.
“If you are going to be meeting somebody or if you’re making any kind of transaction online let somebody know. Text some of your friends and family members,” Hughes said.
The victim in this case was not injured. The suspects were caught and charged with aggravated robbery.
“In this case, thankfully the suspects were apprehended. They’ve been arrested but sometimes situations like this can go horribly wrong and have a very different ending,” Hughes said.