Conducting Business Over the Internet
March 12, 2013
Craigslist is a popular website where people can connect to meet others, sell goods, or advertise events. However, dangers can exist if you don't take proper precautions. Crimes are occurring every day in cities across the United States. Attached is a recent case, in which the suspect robbed the victims after making contact with them via Craigslist.
The Tallahassee Police Department would like to remind you to do the following things to help increase your safety If conducting business over an internet site and arranging to meet in person for any type of transaction:
- Bring a friend to witness the transaction.
- Ask if the buyer will accept a cashier's check or money order.
- Meet in a public place during business hours and in an area that it is populated.
- If the price you are paying for a particular item is "too good to be true" it probably is.
- If you purchase an item that is found to be stolen, the item can be returned to the rightful owner at any time and you could be charged criminally.
- Trust your instincts and if it feels that this is not right, then pass.
If you suspect a deal is not legitimate, please report it to the Tallahassee Police Department
David Northway, Public Information Officer, 891-4200