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Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office offers SafeTrade Zone for online transactions

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Anderson County Sheriff's Office SafeTrade Station (SOURCE: ACSO) Anderson County Sheriff's Office SafeTrade Station (SOURCE: ACSO)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is offering a safe place for citizens to conduct online transactions.

SafeTrade is an initiative for law enforcement agencies to encourage safe business from online trading and sales. Two parking spaces are now available at the front left of the Sheriff's Office on Camson Road, marked with a "SafeTrade Station" sign.

Surveillance cameras monitor the station Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Below are SafeTrade tips for buying and selling online:

  • Some police departments have rules: specific hours of availability, “no guns,” “no drugs” (especially no illegal drugs!), or the like.
  • Police typically will not get involved in the details of the transaction. They’re only there to make sure you’re safe.
  • Ask for proof of the seller’s identity, if the item is something that might have been stolen. Many police departments (but not all) are willing to check the serial number of an item for sale to determine if it’s in a database of stolen property.
  • If you’re carrying a large sum of cash, either before or after the transaction, don’t make it obvious, and be careful to ensure that you’re not followed after the transaction.
  • Beware of common scams, like checks for an amount higher than the amount of the deal; “cashier’s checks” that are forged and presented when the bank is closed.
  • If you are given a cashier’s check, money order or other equivalent, call the bank --- at the number listed online, not a number the buyer gives you --- to verify the validity of the check. 

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