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Robbers Using Electronics as Bait on Craigslist

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Don't be tempted into a deserted parking lot at night with cash in hand.

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 , July 22, 2010 2:26 PM
    "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!"
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    JamesSneed , July 22, 2010 2:31 PM
    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.
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    wolfram23 , July 22, 2010 2:12 PM
    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 , July 22, 2010 2:05 PM
    And this is why I use e-bay. You pay extra, but at least you won't have to worry about a black eye.
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    maydaynomore , July 22, 2010 2:08 PM
    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.
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    tipmen , July 22, 2010 2:08 PM
    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.
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    wolfram23 , July 22, 2010 2:12 PM
    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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    mancream , July 22, 2010 2:25 PM
    so the moral of this story, use different location.
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    Stryter , July 22, 2010 2:26 PM
    "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!"
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    zaznet , July 22, 2010 2:28 PM
    At least the victims in these cases didn't give out their home address and invite the 3 inside where they would have lost a lot more than the cash they had in hand.
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    JamesSneed , July 22, 2010 2:31 PM
    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.
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    jitpublisher , July 22, 2010 2:47 PM
    maydaynomoreThis 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.


    No. I'll never let you come to my house. Crooks always find a way. It was suggested some time ago that you should never, ever, for any circumstances invite an interested party from Craigslist to your home. Lets invite crooks to our house, so they can case the place, and rob you blind while you are not at home. So now, it is common practice to meet somewhere, don't invite potential criminals to your home! You definitely want to meet in a public place, preferably somewhere there are many people around, and take people with you for heavens sake. There have also been instances where people were abducted by going to someones home!
    Electronics ads will attract many younger people to the home of a predator. You must exercise common sense before you go running off to someones house you do not know. It is a shame it is this way these days, but you just never know about people anymore.
    If you are going to use Craigslist, a little common sense and lot of care needs to be taken whether you are buying or selling.
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    tokenz , July 22, 2010 2:54 PM
    So, the sky is blue?
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    jerreece , July 22, 2010 3:04 PM
    Quote:
    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.


    LOL 15 minutes later? Apparently the cops didn't actually respond to the location/area to search for the bad guys eh?
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    garyshome , July 22, 2010 3:12 PM
    The Police [and Federal Govt.]Protect Me, I'm not scared.
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    mhughes81 , July 22, 2010 3:29 PM
    I have always been cautious about big money deals. I've bought and sold sub $100 items without a problem before though. This is why you have a couple of friends go with you on bigger deals and/or carry a pistol if you have a CHL license. I once sold a built up engine from my house before and had a couple of friends swing in before the buyers showed up. Everything went smooth.
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    irtehyar , July 22, 2010 3:36 PM
    Showing up in the middle of the night to an empty parking lot. With cash. With no protection. And bring the wife. Darwin, meet Craig.
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    TunaSoda , July 22, 2010 3:55 PM
    The moral of the story is it's way easy to bait apple fans ;) 
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    eddieroolz , July 22, 2010 4:01 PM
    As soon as "night" and "parking lot" came up together the victims should have dropped out of the deal.
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    False_Dmitry_II , July 22, 2010 4:20 PM
    I usually would just meet over in a close parking lot, or sometimes the guy lives 2-3 hours out so something randomly found on google maps is used.

    Then there's the occasions when you sell a basketball goal or a piece of furniture. I can't move that before selling. And it in fact took 3 guys to take it. (well that's how many were there anyway, probably less could have done it)
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    Maxor127 , July 22, 2010 4:21 PM
    Worst cops ever if they let another robbery happen 15 minutes later in the same parking lot. So do these robbers have an appointment book for people they're going to rob?
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    DokkRokken , July 22, 2010 4:24 PM
    Yeah, these people were dumbasses, no way around it. Smart people meet at a busy location during the day. I've done countless PC hardware, and electronics deals on CL and all that is needed is common sense.
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    itadakimasu , July 22, 2010 4:37 PM
    PAYPAL.

    If somebody doesn't have a paypal account... they're not legit.
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