NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police are advising the public to exercise caution when selling something through social media after one city resident was robbed by four would-be buyers.
The unidentified victim had placed an ad on a social media site seeking to sell an electronic device, police said.
He got a nibble and had arranged to meet the buyer on Monday at 8 p.m. at the corner of Osborne Avenue and Goodrow Street in the city.
When he got there, police said, he was assaulted by a group of men and the device was stolen.
The suspects were described by police as one white male and three black males.
Police offered a few tips for staying safe when buying or selling online:
- Always meet in a public place, such as the public parking lot of the Norwalk Police Department.
- Tell someone what you are doing and where you are going.
- Never meet the buyer or seller at home.
- Always meet during the day.
- If it is a high priced transaction, do it at the bank.
- Keep your cell phone close.
- Never reveal personal information.
Police are asking anyone with any information about the robbery to contact Det. Fitzmaurice by calling (203) 854-3180 or by calling the Norwalk Police Tip Line, (203) 854-3111.
Anonymous tips can also be sent to Norwalk Police website at www.norwalkpd.com.
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