Herb Weisbaum, MSNBC’s Consumerman, interviewed Linda Criddle, President of LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc., and president of the Safe Internet Alliance, in the wake of the Craigslist murder robbery about how consumers can better protect themselves when using classified sites.
Criddle highlighted the need to remain anonymous, to protect your home by arranging to meet in a public place with lots of people around, and to never go alone.
“The risk is always there when you have a person-to-person meeting,” Criddle cautions. “And the steps needed to mitigate those risks are always important.”
For small items that are easily transported arrange to meet in a public place, such as a coffee shop, at a time when there are plenty of people around. Bring someone with you – for added security and peace of mind.
Criddle says when a transaction involves a significant amount of money you might want to meet at your bank. And she’s not kidding.
“You want to be in the safest environment,” she says. “Well, this is the safest environment for you and it’s also the safest environment for the buyer. There are security cameras there, people and often a security guard.”
This way, you don’t have to walk around with a lot of cash. You can deposit it as soon as the sale is done.
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