Wednesday, December 14, 2011

You Can Find Anything On Craigslist, Even Victims

The Las Vegas Sun had an article that pointed to a trend we are even seeing in the sleepy little burg where I work, that is robbers setting up victims by luring them with offers of cheap merchandise on Craigslist.

The setup goes something like this: A “seller” posts an ad for an item such as an iPad or an expensive watch — often at an incredibly low price. He lures in a prospective buyer then arranges a meeting, perhaps in a remote parking lot in the evening.

When the buyer shows up with the cash, instead of getting a great deal, he gets a gun pointed in his face and is robbed.

For some reason, it seems like the victim's normal sense of caution goes out the window when they are getting a "deal" on Craigslist. It's likely that one of the most effective way of dealing with these types of robberies is to educate potential victims on safe ways to pursue these types of transactions so they can avoid becoming a victim in the first place.

Have you seen many Craigslist related robberies reported to your agency? How is your agency working on educating the public about these types of crimes?

2 comments:

  1. Actually, yes, we have seen quite a few of these. In one or two, the victim has fought back and it's gotten ugly. As ever, if a deal seems too good to be true...

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  2. Not sure what it is about Craigslist that draws out the crooks, be it hookers, robbers or even the occasional dope dealer. Must be something to do with the cheesy website.

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