EDMONTON (CityNews) – Police are out with a warning to those looking to sell their cellphone online.
Between June 8 and 18, officers received four reports of a man arranging to buy a cellphone online on Kijiji. The transactions were to happen at Northtown or Northgate shopping centre or Northgate Transit Centre.
Police say the man would steal the phones when meeting with the seller after showing the victims a holster with what appeared to have a handgun in it.
The suspect gave a fake phone number and name prior to the meetings, and police say on two of the occasions, he even gave a female name before interacting in person.
Investigators also say that the suspect told the victims that he took a picture of their license plate and knew how to find them.
The suspect is described as begin between 20 and 30 years of age, 5’7” to 5’9”, and apparently wore a black baseball hat.
“We want to remind citizens to use caution when meeting up with strangers,” Det. Calvin Mah, EPS Northeast Division said.
“Arrange to meet in a safe, visible and public location, not in your home or vehicle, bring another person with you, tell a family member or friend where and when you are doing the transaction and what time you expect to be finished, and pay attention to your instincts. If something feels off at any point, abandon the sale.”
More tips on online selling are available on the EPS website.