Thursday, August 20, 2009

Police issue warning about classified ads

Drop into Kijiji's Jobs -> TV, Media, Fashion section and you'll see plenty of opportunities to take off your clothes for money. Well, one police department is suggesting that the money part might not be legit.

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Halifax Regional Police would like to remind citizens to be wary when responding to advertisements.

Police have received complaints about an advertisement which appeared on an internet classified site seeking female models on behalf of a business and requesting interested people to submit pictures of themselves. It has been learned that the man behind the ad does not represent any business and the HRP/RCMP Financial Crime Unit is investigating.

Police recommend that caution is used when sending pictures and or personal information to an unknown source. When meeting an unknown person we offer the following safety tips to help reduce the risk:

- select a busy public place to meet
- try to arrange the meeting during the day and not late at night
- if meeting to purchase an expensive item don't carry cash, arrange to view item first then get the money
- take someone with you

Halifax Regional Police also encourages citizens to contact police if they have feel they have been a victim of a fraudulent advertisement.

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Sounds like police took their generic "be careful on Kijiji" news release and topped it with a warning against sending pornographers dirty pictures of yourself.

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