Two individuals were robbed while trying to buy iPhones
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The Lexington Division of Police is asking citizens to be careful of scams, after two separate victims reported being robbed by individuals advertising an iPhone for sale on Craigslist.
The victims said they arranged a meeting to purchase the phones, but when they arrived they were met by an armed suspect, who in each case robbed the victim and fled the scene.
When buying from an unknown source police suggest:
- Get as much information about a seller/buyer as you can upfront.
- Deal with local buyers. A local transaction is easier to manage and gives you more control over how and when you will meet.
- Ask for cash and accept cash. A common Internet scam involves buyers paying sellers with money orders or cashiers checks.
- For large ticket items, such as a car, meet the seller/buyer at their bank so that they can get cash directly from the bank.
- Meet in a public place with plenty of people around. Never meet a buyer at your home or theirs. Avoid big open areas like parks or parking lots where other people are less likely to notice you.
- Bring a friend or family member with you, or at least let someone know where you are going and when. Take a cell phone with you as an extra precaution.