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Police Warn of Online Shopping Scams

Posted December 6th, 2013 @ 6:42am by KFBK News - Tom Cutler

Terrance Kimbell (left) and Bryant Laws (right). Photo courtesy of Sacramento Police Department. 

Buying or selling something online has risks, including the threat of becoming a victim of a violent crime.

In San Francisco, a man died over a Sony Playstation he wanted to sell.

Locally, two men are under arrest after a series of robberies where they allegedly lured victims to public places after contacting them through online ads posted on Craigslist and eBay.

The two men, both 22 years of age, are identified as Bryant Laws and Terrance Kimbell.

Sacramento police believe there may be more victims of their work out there, too intimidated to come forward.

If you recognize them, or were set up and robbed by them, you're urged to contact police at (916) 264-5471.

Tips to Stay Safe While Shopping Online 

  • Research the buyer/seller.
  • Meet the buyer/seller during normal business hours in a public place such as the local police station.
  • Do not give out more personal information than is necessary.
  • Deal locally and don't carry large amounts of cash.
  • Always trust your instincts – if you become suspicious leave the area and don't do business with seller.
  • Last but not least, if the deal seems to be too good to be true, it probably is!

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