Craigslist and other selling sites have become a popular way to sell your unwanted items or to find some cheap steals. However, police are now warning Canadians to be cautious while meeting up with sellers and buyers of these popular websites after multiple attempted robberies have occurred. Recently, the RCMP has released information on a Canadian man who was robbed at gunpoint during a Craigslist transaction.
Mounties arrived on scene to Alberta Rd. near No. 4 Rd. at around 9 p.m. on January 4 after they received a call from a 38 year-old-man from Richmond, B.C. who was attempting to sell a luxury watch through Craigslist.
The seller arranged to meet with the buyer the morning of January 4 to sell his watch. However, when the buyer arrived he revealed a weapon and robbed the seller at gunpoint before fleeing the scene in a dark-coloured Ford.
RCMP have been unsuccessful in the investigation and now are asking for the publics help in identifying the suspect. The suspect is described to be a white man with a full sleeve tattoo on his right arm.
He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a camouflage hoodie, and a dark colour pant, which were brown or gray.
If you have information on this case, you are asked to call RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
However, this isn't the only time an online transaction has gone wrong. At the beginning of March, Narcity also reported on an incident where an Ontario man was charged after he attempted to rob someone during a Kijiji transaction.
A Hamilton man was attempting to sell his phone through Kijiji and agreed to meet a buyer who was interested. When the buyer met with the seller, the buyer attempted to steal the phone. The victim went to stop the suspect, but the suspect sprayed the victim with pepper spray before fleeing the scene.
In light of these incidents, police are reminding the public that they should always take extra precautions while meeting with a buyer or seller from a popular selling website.
There are multiple steps that you can take to ensure that you stay safe. Hamilton police recommend meeting in a public area during the day and bringing a friend or family member along with you so you are not alone.