DUNCANVILLE -- You’ve got a lot to look forward to this time of year. Turkey, pie, and of course, good old-fashioned holiday crime.
“Crime is always high during the holiday season. People are more vulnerable. They're shopping looking for deals,” Duncanville Police Officer Doug Sisk said.
And don't think you’re any safer when you're buying and selling stuff online.
“The deal with Craigslist and a lot of those types of programs, you just have to be real cognizant about them, because they`re so many scammers out there. There are a lot of legitimate ones out there but there are so many scammers out there,” said Officer Sisk.
And that’s exactly what happened to one NewsFix staffer after he posted an ad for a camera on Craigslist.
At 3:30 in the morning, he got a text asking if the camera was still for sale. He ran a quick Google search of the number. Sure enough, others had reported it as a scam.
“Most of the scammers are from out of the United States. They're not local. And so they’re trying to reach out and calling you through bogus numbers,” Sisk Said. “They’re going to offer you more than what you`re actually offering for the price of the item to pay for shipping. Basically, what they’re going to do is send you a bogus or counterfeit money order.”
Officer Sisk says a good rule of thumb is that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.