[The following information was taken from an alert issued by the LAPD].
This all happened with a simple Craigslist post.
The victim was selling a cell phone on Craigslist. The suspect responded to the ad and they came to an agreed price and agreed to meet at the suspect’s apartment building.
When the victim arrived he called the suspect to tell him he was there. The suspect asked him to meet him in the alley behind the building. The victim agreed and walked around the building to the alley (I hope we all think this is a bad Idea).
The victim saw the suspect walking towards him. The victim said do you have the money and held up the phone. The suspect said yes. They exchanged the phone and the money at the same time and walked away from each other.
The victim looked down at the money and realized he shorted him by a lot. He turned back to the suspect and said where is the rest of the money? The suspect produced a hand gun and pointed it at the victim and ran out of the alley.
Things to remember when using Craigslist:
Always meet in a very public place (Police Station is a great option)
Never give your personal information
Never meet at your residence.
If it sounds too good to be true it most likely is.