Police say you need to be smart when you meet for internet exchanges

WACO, Texas – As social media has gained popularity, so has buying social media stuff.

Police say one should be careful when using online platforms to buy and sell goods.

On Tuesday, Waco police arrested a man accused of robbing a person he met to buy an item from.

Police say the best place to exchange an item is in the police department because there are people there around the clock and security cameras.

If you can not walk to the police station, Hewitt and Waco police advise people to go to a public place where there are security cameras in daylight.

In general, Waco and Hewitt police say it’s important to use your best judgment when dealing with people you do not know.

“If something in your stomach says you’re not doing it, then move on to the next person, someone will probably buy or sell something of the same nature,” said Waco Police Department PIO Cierra Shipley.

Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin says the worst place to go is anyone’s house. But if you have to, go with other people and examine the person.

“If it’s a large item, such as a piece of furniture, it may not be easy to transport it by the seller, and that may be one of their terms of purchase,” said Chief Devlin. “So you’ll have to use your best judgment on how that transaction is going to take place.”

They say that if you are robbed, call 911 immediately and provide as many details as possible.

Waco and Hewitt police advise people to wait to pay for the item until you see it or use it.

“Always test it first, or put your eyes on it first before you actually make the purchase,” Chief Devlin said.

If you get scammed online, be sure and report it.

“The investigation could bring some clues, especially if it’s someone who’s local, because if they do it against you, they do it against a lot of other people,” said Chief Devlin.

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