SOUTHWEST REGIONAL POLICE
INVESTIGATION AND INTELLIGENCE DIVISION
INTERNET SECURITY ADVISORY
08 OCTOBER 2012
For Public Release
Southwest Regional Police Department has become aware of increased criminal activity using internet sites such as Craigslist. White collar crimes such as fraud and theft, as well as violent crimes such as robbery have occurred using Craigslist. Southwest Regional Police Investigation and Intelligence Division urges citizens who use the internet to heed the following safety tips:
Deal locally with people who you can meet in person: This will eliminate 99% of scam and robbery attempts.
Conduct your business in a well-lit, well-populated environment: Shopping malls and busy plazas with heavy foot traffic make good locations for transactions.
Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram or any other service: Anyone asking you to do so is most likely a scammer.
Avoid transactions mentioning “Craigslist Guarantees”: Craigslist does not handle payments or offer any payment guarantees of any kind.
Do not rent housing or purchase large-ticket items sight unseen: Anyone asking you to do so is most likely a scammer.
Be wary of “over-payments”: A common scam involves sending a check or money order for a large amount of money and requesting that the check be cashed and the excess money be sent back. Individuals then find that the original check or money order was fraudulent, leaving the person who cashed the check responsible for the entire amount.