Buy/Sell/Trade Tips

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we wanted to touch base on some safety tips to keep you and yours safe in the event you conduct any e-commerce shopping. (This includes: Buy/Sell/Trade sites through social media, Craigslist, and the like) We have put together a list of tips/tricks to help these transactions go smoothly.

Online Buying/Selling Tips:


  1. Deal with local buyers and sellers.
  2. Don’t give out personal of financial information.
  3. Be leery of money orders, cashier checks, etc. – these are very easy to forge.
  4. Meet during daylight hours and bring a buddy if possible.
  5. Meet at a designated “Exchange Zone” or at your local Police Department.
  6. Keep your cell phone with you.
  7. Don’t hand over the item until you have cash in hand. Check large bills with a counterfeit detector pen.
  8. If the item being sold has a significant value – meet inside a bank where you can deposit money before leaving – you’re less likely to be robbed.
  9. If something feels strange, stop the transaction – go with your gut!




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