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Man robbed 4 Facebook Marketplace buyers, say Greenville Police

Man robbed 4 Facebook Marketplace buyers, say Greenville Police


AFTER MIDNIGHT THE POTENTIAL OF SOME PATCHY FOG FORMING AGAIN IN SOME AREAS. I WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT IN THE FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND COMING UP. GREENVILLE POLICE HAVE CAUGHT A MAN WHO THEY SAY USED FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE TO TARGET HIS VICTIMS. HE PRETENDED TO SELL STUFF ONLY TO STILL HIS BUYERS MONEY AND LEAVE THEM EMPTY-HANDED. DIANE LEE HAS A WARNING FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH STRANGERS. REPORTER: ONLINE SITES LIKE FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE AND CRAIGSLIST CAN REALLY BE HELPFUL IN CONNECTING BUYERS AND SELLERS. THERE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS YOU MUST DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF, IN MANY CASES THERE ARE SAFER OPTIONS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. IT IS PERSIAN, 100% WOOL AND ALL HANDKNOTTED. REPORTER: CARRIE ROSS KICKED OFF HER RUG SELLING BUSINESS ON FACEBOOK USING VETTED SELLING SITES BASED ON THE HONOR SYSTEM. YOU LEAVE THE GOODS ON THE PORCH, THE BUYER LEAVES THE MONEY. YOU HAD TO TRUST THE PEOPLE YOU’RE SELLING TO. IT CAN BE REALLY SCARY IF THAT ELEMENT IS NOT THERE. REPORTER: ONE SITE SHE STAYED AWAY FROM, FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE, WHICH I CRAIGSLIST HAS NO ADMINISTRATOR REVIEWING POSTS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU ARE BUYING FROM. REPORTER: GREENVILLE POLICE SAY 4 SUPPER BUYERS FOUND OUT THAT TO THE HARD WAY. WATTS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER HE ROBBED WOULD BE BUYERS. HE WOULD USE FACEBOOK MARKETS, THEY WERE TRYING TO PURCHASE A PHONE OR SOME TYPE OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT. THE PERSON WOULD MEET THEM, BEFORE THEY WOULD EXCHANGE THE PHONE IT WOULD JUST BE HIM SNATCHING THE MONEY FROM THEIR HANDS AND LEAVING. REPORTER: SERGEANT JONATHAN BRAGG SAYS WATTS LURED VICTIMS TO MEETING PLACES HE HAD PICKED. THE JAMESTOWN POINT APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR THE HAYWOOD MALL PARKING. NOT EVERY PUBLIC MEETING PLACES EQUAL. THIS LAW ENFORCEMENT PARKING LOT MUCH SAFER THAN THE SMALL PARKING LOT WHERE IT IS SO BIG THINGS CAN EASILY GO UNNOTICED. YOU CAN SEE THE FOUNDATION. REPORTER: MAAS IS MADE FROM ONLINE SELLING TO THE S TOREFRONT. I’M SO HAPPY TO BE RIGHT AM, AND IT FEELS MUCH SAFER. REPORTER: NOT EVERYONE CAN GET INTO A STOREFRONT. THERE ARE SAFER OPTIONS, LOOK FOR THOSE VETTED SITES. SO MANY. THERE IS A TON OF THEM ONLINE, FACEBOOK. AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE EBAY, AND THINGS THAT HAVE REVIEWS. FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE GOING TO THE POLICE STATION PARKING LOT, EVEN THOUGH THAT IS A GOOD SUGGESTION. WHAT OTHER SURROUNDINGS MIGHT YOU SUGGEST? REPORTER: SOMEONE ASKED ME ABOUT LOOKING INTO THE GAS STATION SO I CALLED THE CUTIE AND THEY SAID LITERALLY TWO WEEKS AGO THEY JUST TEAMED UP WITH THE CHARLOTTE POLICE STATION BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF ISSUES OUT THERE AND NOW THEY ARE DESIGNATING A SPOT OVER THERE THAT IS WELL THAT’S, CAMERA LIGHTING AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO COME. THEY WILL EXPLORE THAT FIRST AND SEE IF THEY WILL SPREAD IT. BUT ALSO THE GREER POLICE STATION, ON MILLER STREET, THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A POLL THERE WITH A BUTTON AND THEY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO SELLING THERE AS WELL PRETTY PRESS THAT BUTTON IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG AND HE CALLS 911 DIRECTLY. WE SEE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHY THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO

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