How online buyers and sellers can stay safe this holiday season

MARQUETTE — When buying things online from locals in your area, you don’t expect to be the victim of a crime.

Officials are now giving out tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season.

The police department suggests meeting at the parking lot of the police department.

It’s an area that has security cameras and is open 24/7.

Officials also urge people to meet in populated shopping areas and to always be on the lookout.

Whether it is through fraudulent checks or stealing the items, using good common sense is crucial.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If something just doesn’t feel right with the situation, its important to trust your instinct. Possibly talking to the person, not just through text or email; but also having them call you or you call them. This will help you get a vibe of what type of person they are,” said Christopher Aldrich, Detective Sergeant for Marquette Police Department.

If you are going to someone’s house or you’re having someone come to your house, make sure to have somebody there with you.

It’s also important to bring only the amount of money that you have agreed upon for the items of purchase.