Police set up safe zones for online transactions


Most people love getting a good deal shopping on the internet, but when completing online transactions in-person, things can be a bit dicey.

The Montgomery County Police Department is adopting a growing strategy to help buyers and sellers feel more secure, and it’s called the Exchange Zone Program.

Now, at all police district stations, there are spots for residents to meet and exchange online purchases under police surveillance.

Officers are hoping it will help reduce crimes like theft, robbery and fraud.

“When selling or purchasing items from an unknown person, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following safety tips:

Always meet the buyer or seller at an exchange zone that is well-populated, well-lit and, preferably, at a designated police exchange zone.

Tell a friend or family member where you’re going to meet someone, and, when possible, take a friend with you.

Inform the buyer/seller that you will not be alone.

Trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam or too good to be true, it probably is.

Do not invite strangers into your home.

Never give out any personal or financial information.”

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