Woman robbed during online purchase transaction

The woman said she was robbed of over $100 while trying to buy an item from a Facebook Marketplace seller.

Posted: Feb 18, 2019 11:22 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 11:38 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A local woman said she feared for her life while being robbed by someone she met on Facebook Marketplace.

"I literally just kind of froze and was going through what could happen to me. If they were going to hurt me, if they were going to put me in their car, if they were going to take my car and I would be out there by myself," the woman said.

It's those fears, and fears of retaliation, that have this woman afraid for her life.

Because of that, we won't be sharing her identity.

She said she saw something she wanted to buy on Facebook Marketplace and started talking to the seller.

"And her profile showed her to be positive -- with positive ratings," the woman said.

The seller said she didn't have transportation and they needed to meet near her to make the exchange.

So, the woman we talked to said she put her trust in the seller, hoping that she was a good person, and didn't check to see the location of the address that was sent to her.

"I was kind of expecting her to be on foot, but we were also out in the middle of nowhere," the woman said. "It was like an industrial parking lot, and I was thinking maybe she worked there."

When the seller pulled up in a van, she became suspicious.

She said fortunately, she had already locked her purse in her trunk before she drove out to meet with the seller.

"I was looking at the item and I look up, and the next thing I know, we're not alone," the woman said.

She said several people got out of the van and took over $100 that she brought to buy the item from her car.

She said they then started asking where her purse was, and she lied, saying she left it at home.

They also couldn't get into her trunk because of her car's keyless entry.

"So, they were obviously upset and frustrated and left," the woman said.

She went to a police station where officers dusted for prints and gave her some advice for the future.

"If I would've had my husband there, maybe it would've gone down differently," the woman said. "Maybe it would've deterred the people. I don't know."

She also learned not to blindly trust an online seller.

"I probably won't be counting on the profile of the person or the rating of the person because I now know people make fake profiles," the woman said.

If you're meeting with an online seller, police advise you meet up at your local police department or bank, or somewhere that's public with a lot of people and hopefully with security cameras around you.

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