Monday, May 4, 2015

"SC police stations act as havens for online buyers, sellers"

"Some law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are offering up their parking lots as a well-lit, secure place to finalize deals made on Craigslist and other online marketplaces.

"Officers say they won't get involved in
the deals themselves, staying out of the individual transactions. But officials say they hope that, by doing the buying and selling at a police station or sheriff's department, people will be less likely to cut a shady deal — or get violent.

"At least two people have been killed in South Carolina in recent years when online transactions went wrong in real life. In 2013, two men were charged with murder and kidnapping after authorities said they shot to death a Charleston man they met because he was selling his pickup truck on Craigslist.

"Authorities said 25-year-old William Apps met the two men in downtown Charleston and drove them to Mount Pleasant, where Apps was taken out of the truck at gunpoint. He was later forced back into the truck and driven around before one of the men shot Apps in the neck and left his body in a wooded area, according to court documents."

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I think this is a good idea.  I don;t rememer if we've had any murders in Raine because of Craigslist scams, but I've read of some crimes here where people lost cars, cash, etc.


lizardmom said...

sounds like a good idea, indeed. there have been far too many nut jobs out there. I'm too leary of even using it at all.

OKIE said...

I know people that do business with Craigs List. I am not one of them.
I think this is a great idea.