CHICAGO -- Chicago Police are seeking two men who posed as buyers on Craigslist, and when they meet their victims, instead of selling, they're stealing.
Police say someone is using the online classified ads website to prey on unsuspecting people attempting to sell high-end electronics.
Detectives say there have been two recent incidents, both occurring on the same night.
The first occurred in Albany Park in the 3100 block of West Lawrence and the other about an hour later in the 3900 block of Western.
Police say in both cases the victim had placed an iPhone or an Apple Watch on Craigslist for sale.
Police say the suspects contacted the victims and arranged a meeting. When the sellers showed up, the suspects punched them and grabbed the Apple products.
Police say the victims described the suspects as two black men in their 20s.
Police offer these tips to stay safe when using Craigslist:
- Be cautious when buying/selling online
- Use police station lobby as meeting place
- Keep all emails, phone numbers and addresses
- Reports suspicious people
Some suburban police departments like the one in Naperville, have dedicated their lobbies as safety zones where you can meet people and have the transaction in a safe place.