There have been a number of robberies using online classified ads and the police are urging people to use caution when they are setting up purchases online as it allows criminals to remain anonymous.
Here are some tips to help prevent being taken advantage of:
Ask for a photo of the serial number before meeting and attempt to confirm the item hasn't been reported stolen.
Search the serial number online. serial number search tool
Conduct reverse search of the posted image of the item for sale.
Don’t provide your personal information to anyone.
Check the buyer/seller's name through an online search engine.
Ask about the history of the item being sold.
Meet during daylight hours, in a public space equipped with cameras.
Do not transfer/provide money to the person before receiving the product.
Do not meet someone alone.
Use generic photos when posting an item for sale.
Follow your gut - if something feels wrong, it probably is.