One person was shot and killed and three others were robbed at gunpoint while attempting to make sales through online trade sites in South Carolina’s Midlands the past two weeks.
A man was killed in northwest Columbia on October 30 after Richland County deputies said he pulled a gun on a would-be buyer during a meetup to sell items he hawked on social media. And, in Sumter, police report three incidents of people being robbed while attempting to complete in-person transactions set up through social media within the last two weeks.
Sumter Police Lt. Billy Lyons says if you are the one selling the item, you should determine where and when the transaction will occur. “Always dictate, pretty much, the location and the time,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “Don’t let the buyer dictate where to meet.”
And if you are a would-be buyer meeting a seller, make sure the sale happens in a safe place.”If they are the buyer, they should always encourage the seller to meet them at a location that’s well-lit, well-populated, somewhere that they would feel safe, where they would be in view of the public while making the exchange or the transaction,” he continued. [Read more…]