Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011
People across the country buy and sell items through Craigslist and classified ads every day and most of the time both parties win. But the recent increase in criminal activity associated with these transactions has inspired ReversePhoneDirectory.com to release a list of tips to help classifieds and Craigslist users protect themselves from financial and physical harm.
Craigslist and other online classified sites are a great way to barter, buy and sell goods and services; safety becomes a concern because often people are put into the position of dealing with strangers. Unfortunately, there have been situations where innocent people just trying to buy or sell an item have been have been robbed and brutally assaulted by buyers and sellers who have criminal intentions.
The following tips will help make your next Craigslist or classifieds transaction successful and safe:
Meet In A Public Place: Whether you are buying or selling, schedule to meet prospective buyers or sellers in a highly trafficked public place that you are familiar with.
Do Not Post Personally Identifying Information: Never list your home address when posting items for sale in any classified.
Park Smart: Park far enough away from your meeting spot that it will make it difficult for the person you’re meeting to seeing what car you drive.
Get to the meeting spot before the agreed upon time: Get to the meeting spot early enough to see the potential buyer or seller arrive and observe their behavior. If you feel uncomfortable, keep the item hidden from view and quietly leave, allowing you to stay in control.
For Items that can’t be taken to a public meeting spot, make sure you have another adult with you at all times: For larger, heavy items you can't take out of the house, take extra precautions. Be sure to have other adults in the house or accompany you to a seller’s residence.
Do not go inside the house if possible: Ask the seller to bring the item to the front door. If you are the seller, haul the object to the front door, and ask the buyer to pick it up from your porch.
Do Your Homework: Get as much information as you can from the person you’re transacting with, phone numbers, address, name of employer, then verify this information using Reverse Phone Directory. If you see inconsistencies ask the other party to explain them or fin another person to do business with.
Use Your Friends and family: Leave the name, address and phone number of the person you’re meeting with one or more friends with instructions that you’ll check in with them after the transaction is complete. This lets others know where you are going in case something should happen and alerts them of a problem if they don’t hear from you in a given amount of time.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com provides access to the most accurate and up-to-date public reverse phone records to assist you with daily searches for information about people and businesses. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is committed to helping people live better during technologically advanced times, believing that information is a powerful currency and people across the country should have easy access to information about everything and everyone they come in contact with.