Police say they are smart at meeting for Internet exchanges
WACO, Texas – As social media gains popularity, so does social media shopping.
Police recommend using caution when using online platforms to buy and sell items.
On Tuesday, Waco police arrested a man accused of robbing a person he met to purchase an item.
Police say the best place to exchange an item is at the police department as there are people there 24/7 and security cameras.
If you can’t get to the police station, Hewitt and Waco Police advise people to go to a public place where there are security cameras in the daylight.
Overall, Waco and Hewitt Police say it’s important to use your best judgment when dealing with people you don’t know.
“If something in your belly tells you not to do it, move on to the next person, someone will probably buy or sell something of that nature,” said PIO Cierra Shipley of the Waco Police Department.
Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin says the worst place to go is someone’s house. But if you have to, go with other people and research the person.
“If it is a bulky item such as furniture, it may not be easily transported by the seller, and this may be one of their conditions of purchase,” said Chief Devlin. “So you will need to use your best judgment on how this transaction is going to go. “
They say if you get robbed, immediately call 911 and provide as many details as possible.
Waco and Hewitt Police advise people not to pay for the item until you see or use it.
“Always test it first or have a look at it before making the purchase,” said Chef Devlin.
If you get scammed online, be sure and report it.
“The investigation could provide some leads, especially if it’s someone from the area, because if he’s doing this to you, he’s doing it to a lot of other people,” Chief Devlin said.
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