Recent robberies prompt Seattle police to urge caution with OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace meetups – The Seattle Times

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After recent robberies related to online sales, Seattle police are urging caution when meeting and selling through online shopping exchanges like OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace.
Two robberies in August were related to online sales meetups, and three people reported being robbed at gunpoint in June during attempted purchases and sales through OfferUp, according to Seattle police.
Detectives urge the public to use caution when meeting buyers/sellers in online sales. Two robberies in August were related to OfferUp/FB Marketplace meetups. For your safety, SPD’s South, Southwest and North Precincts have publicly accessible parking lots where you can meet. https://t.co/tWE9Gmmb0a
While the five precinct lobbies of Seattle police remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the SouthSouthwest and North Precincts have publicly accessible parking lots available for safe meetups with online buyers and sellers.
Here are some tips from Seattle Times readers, Craigslist, OfferUp, Facebook and police for safely meeting strangers for sales:

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