Police insist on safety when buying, selling and trading online

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It’s becoming the norm these days, buying, selling and trading online.

Many people use social media to get rid of things they no longer need, hoping it’s the perfect gift for someone else. But, when people sell online, they run the risk of dealing with a complete stranger, which can be a little scary.

Lubbock police say they are aware of the increase in e-commerce incidents. If you’re involved in e-commerce, the police say it’s best to meet in a public place.

But, they don’t mean in a park or your driveway.

“The more public it can be, the less likely it is that something will go wrong,” said LPD public information officer Kasie Whitley.

The police suggest people go to a business where they have security cameras, or even in front of the police department.

“Do these exchanges in a place where you know that if something goes wrong, you can access help quickly,” Whitley said.

A big reason to gather in these public places is that they usually have security cameras, so if something happens it could help the police in the investigation if it is caught on camera.

Another helpful tip given by the police is to take a photo of the deal online before making the trade, that way you have proof that there was a deal in the first place.

Also, let someone know where a trade is taking place, just in case.

But, when making these trades, you can never go wrong by trusting your intuition.

“If you feel like something is wrong, it probably isn’t,” Whitley said. “If you stop somewhere and you don’t feel comfortable, you don’t have to go through that.”

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