SCMPD urges citizens to make safety the highest priority when buying and selling goods advertised online. The public is reminded of the following safety tips:

  • Utilize police precincts as meeting places.

  • Avoid meeting to buy or sell items alone.

  • Always advise a friend or loved one of your plans to buy or sell items.

  • Arrive early and position yourself to observe and evaluate your surroundings and individuals you are scheduled to meet. If something makes you uneasy, leave immediately.

  • Buyers and sellers always should meet in public highly populated places during daylight or business hours.

  • Always take a working cellular phone to alert police of emergencies.

  • Never invite strangers into your home and avoid entering their residences.

  • Avoid posting personal information online.

  • Have several adults present when selling heavy items that are difficult to remove from your home.

  • Keep valuables out of view.

  • Be leery of purchasers attempting to use cashier’s check from out-of-state or outside of the country. These may be counterfeit.