Fishers Police Department Offer Internet Transaction Zone
Fishers, (Indiana) – The Fishers Police Department has recently begun to offer residents another option when considering where to conduct internet trading and transactions.
Internet services are an increasingly quick and convenient way to buy and sell items. However, we often hear stories of people who have been victimized after setting up a sale through a website. The item being sold could be fake or broken, the cash being used could be counterfeit, or the check written could be bogus. There have been real estate scams offering fictional rentals, foreign scams offering more than your selling price, fake job scams, and fake ticket scams. Assaults, robberies, and murders have also occurred during these transactions.
The Fishers Police Department urges its residents to be cautious when buying and selling on internet sites. Trust your instincts and always meet in a public place. One option is to utilize the lobby of the Police Department located at 4 Municipal Drive. The lobby is open during business hours, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm. While police officers will not personally assist with your transaction, the utilization of the department’s lobby will hopefully negate unlawful activity from taking place. If you do become a victim of a crime, report it to the police immediately via 911 or dispatch at 317-773-1282. Also, report all suspected fraudulent internet ads by flagging the post as prohibited or to the website.
With this in mind, the Fishers Police Department would like to offer the following safety tips and reminders to help avoid scams and protect yourself when using the internet.
- Always deal locally with the person so you can meet them in person.
- Many scams begin with a “seller,” “landlord,” or “employer” who is based out of state or out of the country and is unable to deal with you directly.
- Never rent housing without seeing it first; never purchase expensive items sight-unseen.
- Never submit to a credit check or background check for a job or house listed on Craigslist until you have met the interviewer or landlord in person.
- Avoid jobs that ask you to send them money. This is always a scam.