CHICAGO (CBS) — A lot of people use Facebook Marketplace to sell items – but some sellers are being targets.
Since Sept. 6 in the South Chicago neighborhood, would-be buyers have contacted people selling items on Facebook Marketplace and have instructed the sellers to bring the items to a specific location. Once there, the would-be buyers have grabbed the items out of the victims’ hands without paying a single penny, and have run off.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Heavy Rain, Possible Flood Watch
Three of the thefts happened on the 8000 block of South Chappel Avenue – on Monday, Sept. 6, Saturday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 16. There was also a theft on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the 7900 block of South Jeffery Boulevard.READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Shot In West Garfield Park
In two of incidents, the name “Lashonda” was used by the thieves to arrange the meeting.
Police advised that credit cards and electronic payments should always be used for Facebook Marketplace transactions, and anyone making a transaction should meet at a public place such as a police station lobby.MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Old Critically Wounded, Among 2 Shot In Belmont Heights Online Sale Meetup
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Area Two detectives at (312) 747-8273.