Kamara Haile stated she was attempting to promote an iPhone 13 Professional Max by means of the app OfferUp when she was robbed at gunpoint.

Haile says after work on Aug. 5 she was notified that somebody was .

Haile lives in Victorville however agreed to satisfy a person in a San Bernardino neighborhood. The person agreed to pay her $1,100 for the phone.

“I used to be type of going by means of the specs. I did not really feel snug handing the phone off, so we have been going by means of the specs and I used to be displaying him, ‘It is unlocked, you need to use it for this,’ and he is like, ‘OK, effectively can I see the phone?'” Haile stated.

She stated the customer advised her each his sister and he have been within the phone.

“He stated, ‘ when you really feel higher about it, I’ve the money right here. I can get into your automobile and we are able to deal with it inside your automobile. You’ll be able to lock the doorways no matter makes you are feeling higher,'” Haile stated.

Haile stated she requested the customer to depend the money he introduced which is when issues took a flip.

“Immediately he reached into his pants and pulls out a gun and factors it at me and says, ‘If you happen to run, when you come after me, I will pop you with this,’ and he will get out of my automobile and runs,” Haile stated.

Haile stated she referred to as the police, adopted the suspects in her automobile and noticed them run into a house. She stated she credit the San Bernardino Police Division for serving to her file a report, get her phone again and arresting the person.

“Apparently the title he gave me was appropriate and it was tied to the tackle he had given me, so he was already on parole. So that they discovered him, tracked him to a cellphone retailer. He was going to go promote my phone,” Haile stated.

Haile stated she has a message for anybody attempting to promote on-line.

“Take all of the precautions you may. You don’t assume one thing like that is going to occur. I didn’t and I walked into it utterly blind and unprepared,” Haile stated.

We reached out to OfferUp. A spokesperson says crime on the app is uncommon they usually have invested in instruments to assist those who use the app.

In an announcement to ABC7, OfferUp wrote:

“We would like OfferUp customers to really feel as secure as potential when shopping for and promoting domestically, although we advocate every particular person take the required precautions when arranging a meetup – an inventory of ideas is included under. Within the occasion of an emergency or any hazard, name 911 or your native emergency quantity.

Earlier than you meet:

  • By no means share confidential data with one other individual (i.e. passwords, social safety numbers, banking data).
  • Do not share your phone quantity. Chat by means of the OfferUp app! Comply with our ideas for messaging.
  • Analysis the individual, product, and place.
  • Take a look at the opposite individual’s profile. What do others say about them?
  • Look at the merchandise images. Do they offer you sufficient element?
  • Choose a secure place during a busy time of day.
  • Use the built-in meetup characteristic to search out Group MeetUp Spots.
  • All the time purchase and promote in well-lit, monitored, public places similar to cafes or grocery shops.”
  • We additionally reached out to police however have not heard again.

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