Sheriff's Department warns Craigslist users after recent incident
Last Updated: 109 days ago
SAN DIEGO - The prospective buyer of a cellphone listed on Craigslist was robbed at gunpoint last month and sheriff's officials Thursday issued a set of safety tips to buyers and sellers of items listed on online advertising sites to help prevent similar incident from occurring.
The victim was lured to the 10400 block of Reserve Drive in the unincorporated community of 4S Ranch to meet the phone's two sellers about 6 p.m. on July 29. At that point, one allegedly pulled a gun and demanded cash, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The victim ran to the 4S Ranch Sheriff's Substation and reported the incident.
A subsequent investigation led detectives to arrest Notriga Mandegar, 19, and David Belcher, 18, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's officials said those buying or selling items on online advertising sites should set meetings during the day and in a public place, should take another person along and should let a friend or family member know where and when the meeting is taking place.
Prospective buyers and sellers should take a cellular phone so they could call 911 if necessary, and should not take large amounts of cash. Sheriff's officials advised buyers be wary of sellers who only post an email address as a contact, and to consider it a red flag if a seller asks to go to a secondary location.
If the item or price appears to good to be true, it probably is and buyers should pass, according to sheriff's officials.
Also, online buyers and sellers who meet in person should follow their instincts and leave if anything seems out of place or suspicious, or if the other person makes them feel uncomfortable, according to the sheriff's department
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