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Buying and selling on Craigslist can be dangerous

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Craigslist is a popular site for buying and selling, but it can also be dangerous.

A sale gone wrong can quickly turn into a very scary situation.

"It's a great marketplace with great deals. However there are back alleys with people who to say the least don't have your best interests at heart,” said Howard Schwartz of the Better Business Bureau.

There have been a number of Craigslist transactions in Connecticut that have turned violent.

In 2013, 39-year-old Felix Dejesus was murdered in Hartford after trying to sell two T-Mobile tablets.

The Hartford Police Department was the first one locally to offer up their parking lot to the public and buy and sell safely.

"We want you to do it in a well-lit place where there is video, hopefully, or there are people to watch the transaction. What better spot than a police department to do that,” said Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley. "When you don't do it in a safe place, you open yourself up to being a victim and that's what we always want to tell our residents is don't be a victim."

Schwartz said there is no reason “anyone should need any sort of personal information from you, certainly not before conducting a transaction."

If you’re buying or selling, it is best to have your guard up. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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