Where do you go to do Internet buy-and-sell meet ups?
I don’t really like the idea of bringing a stranger to my house and I definitely don’t like the idea of going to a parking lot. I’ve seen a lot of people recently meeting up with their sellers/buyers in fast-food restaurants during the daytime.
The Apex Police Department in North Carolina posted this great idea on their Facebook page. It’s been going around for awhile.
“The Apex Police Department now has an area in the Police Department parking lot where you can exchange items purchased over the internet. This area is located in the small lot beside the Police Department and is under 24 hour surveillance. There are two parking spaces designated as an Internet Exchange Location.”
It made me wonder. Do we also have one of these? Calgary Police say, yes we do! – Sarah
In order to increase public safety and reduce crime, the Calgary Police Service is inviting members of the public to use district office parking lots to facilitate property transactions arranged online.
Tips for safer internet buy-sell experience
- Meet in a public place with many people around, such as a Calgary Police Service district office.
- If possible, bring a friend or a family member.
- When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to thoroughly inspect the product before exchanging funds.
- Keep things local and in cash. Don’t use cheques or money wiring services.
- Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. social insurance number, bank account number or address) over the Internet.
- Inform the buy/sell site of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, ads, or other activity.
- In the case of suspected fraud, file a police report.
- Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For a list of district office locations, go to calgarypolice.ca and search “districts”.