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Posted on: November 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Safety Tips for Online Transactions

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The Frisco Police Department would like to provide you with a few safety tips and reminders to be aware of when engaging in online or e-commerce transactions.

At this time, we do not have a designated “Safe Exchange Zone.” Our front parking lot, 7200 Stonebrook Parkway, is ALWAYS available for the public to conduct legal e-commerce style transactions or to conduct child custodial exchanges.

Please consider the following safety tips and remember that it is important to use good judgement when meeting people to conduct these transactions.

•Avoid going to someone’s home or having someone come to your home if at all possible.

•Always meet in a public and busy place, where there is a high volume of pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

•Avoid remote or out of the way places for exchanges and be wary of persons who insist on secluded locations.

•Avoid meeting at night, but if you must then choose a location that is well lit.

•Never conduct business inside of a vehicle.

•Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

•Avoid going alone to make an exchange with a stranger. Take a family member or friend along with you to observe and witness the transaction.

•If you go alone, always let your family and/or friends know the time and place of your intended exchange and any information regarding the other person.

•Avoid giving strangers your personal information, including your address, Social Security number, etc.

•BEWARE of scams. If something seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. Some criminals use financial or personal information such as credit cards or driver's license information to engage in identity theft and other financial crimes.

•Never allow the other party to change the location once you arrive.

Please report suspicious activity to us at 972-292-6010. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

Always remember, if you SEE something, SAY something.

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