Recently someone who wanted to make a little extra money selling things online expressed some fear of using Craigslist – especially after seeing stories of people killed when they show up to make a purchase. Uh, yeah. I get their concern for sure. Today, I have a few tips.
It’s very appropriate to be concerned about any exchange on the Internet. Just because we are Christians, and hope for the best, doesn’t mean we don’t want to be wise about how we conduct business.
Here’s what I recommend when buying or selling online.
First, research what you’re buying or selling and stand your ground. You really need to know the value of things to make a good exchange. Too often people become deceived by a sales pitch or are cleverly discouraged from asking for something’s true worth.
Next, and most important, find a safe, public location to make your exchange. Many local police stations have established safe zones where online buyers and sellers can meet for exchanges. Call your local police to find one near you.
Join a local buyers exchange. Often organized on Facebook by zip code, local buyers exchanges allow a smaller group with more accountability to buy and sell items.
And of course, be vigilant about protecting your identity. Many scam artists are looking for ways to trick you into giving them personal information. Guard your personal information as carefully as your finances.
And last, but not least, follow the warnings. Craigslist posts a number of warnings and tips for avoiding a fraud. Be sure to read the warnings and put them into practice.
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Chuck Bentley is the CEO of Crown, the largest Christian financial ministry in the world, founded by the late, Larry Burkett. He is an author, host of My MoneyLife - a daily radio feature, and a frequent speaker on the topic of Biblical financial principles. Follow him on Twitter @chuckbentley and visit Crown.org for more help.