Thursday, July 30, 2015

It’s amazing how many of us are willing to meet with strangers

Everyone has heard all of the “horror” stories associated with Craigslist. To be perfectly fair, it’s probably not just to call them “Craigslist” horror stories; I think “internet” horror stories would be more precise. The truth is that anytime you put your personal information “out there” you are taking a calculated risk and Craigslist is just one of many convenient places for predators to do their particular brand of “shopping”.

If you had the time (and inclination) to do a little research you would find literally thousands of stories of what can happen when meeting an internet “friend” that is, in reality, a complete stranger. Regardless of why you would meet someone that you know only from the internet you are taking a huge risk. If you do, however, decide to meet someone there are precautions that you should take to ensure your personal safety.

Here are 10 tips (provided by Huntsville PD) on how to protect yourself if you are meeting someone that you do not know:

1. Trust your instincts.
2. Don't go alone.
3. Insist to meet at a public place such as a police precinct.
4. Do not meet in a secluded area.
5. Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
6. Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
7. Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
8. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
9. Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.
10. Take your cell phone with you.

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