Let buyers, and sellers, be aware
The anonymity, or worse, the intentional misdirection of the Internet opens up the process of buying and selling to scams that can be personally dangerous -- and this is what apparently happened when a Boone man attempted to buy a cell phone from a contact he had made on craigslist, and through subsequent email.
In this case, the buyer agreed to meet the seller in a parking lot of a Boone shopping center, but upon doing so, he got more than a sales pitch. Instead, he came into contact with a knife-wielding man as the victim of an attempted armed robbery.
Police say there are several things to learn from this cautionary tale. Anytime you buy or sell something online, it's important that you never meet someone alone, don't carry large amounts of cash, always meet in a public place and get as much information as possible about the other person before you meet.
While the Boone story ended as well as could be hoped for -- the victim did not require medical attention and two arrests were made -- Boone police do offer one final tip to help keep those who do business online out of harm's way: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.