Robbers Using Electronics as Bait on Craigslist

It's just common sense, but you should always be careful when meeting someone in a parking lot at night – even if it's a church – when you have wads of cash in your pocket.

It seems that some people haven't been quite so cautious, and were the victims of a Craigslist-related robbery. Stafford County, VA police are warning residents about three men who have been posting ads on Craigslist selling a PlayStation 3 and an iPhone.

According to reports, a husband and wife went to meet up the supposed seller of the PlayStation 3 when three men assaulted the couple. The suspects fled the scene and the couple then reported the incident to the authorities.

Just fifteen minutes later, a man with his girlfriend went to the same location in the same parking lot thinking that they would be buying an iPhone. The man, expecting an iPhone, instead got punched in the face by one of the three men fitting the same description from the incident earlier.

It goes without saying that the market for electronics sales on Craigslist is pretty big, but be careful about where you and your money go – especially if the deal looks too good to be true… unless it's some guy trying to trade up his Porsche Boxster S.

(via Kotaku.)

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  • Stryter
    "Yea, you can find me at this address in the open parking lot, with no lights, next to the abandoned warehouse. I'll be the guy wearing all black with a ski-mask and a gun."

    "Alright, see you in about 10 minutes!"
  • JamesSneed
    If I ever go to buy something in a parking lot in the middle of the night someone should punch me in the face for being such a dumb ass.
  • wolfram23
    Not surprising I guess. Too bad police didn't go check out the first incident, they could have nabbed the bad guys.
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  • insider3
    And this is why I use e-bay. You pay extra, but at least you won't have to worry about a black eye.
  • maydaynomore
    This is why I always insist on going to the sellers house to pick up whatever they are selling. This way if something is not as "advertised" I know where to go to get my money back.
  • tipmen
    Isn't it just common sense? If your going to meet up with random people from craigsilist do it somewhere were there is tons of people around. It is still possible that they are bad people but it should make it safer. It is still better then showing up alone in a random parking lot at night. Reminds me of the classic rusty white ran selling candy.