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* Oakland Police Warn of Series of Robberies Linked to Craigslist Sales

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Oakland police are warning the public about a series of recent robberies linked to bogus Craigslist sales transactions. The Police Department announced Friday that several people have responded to phony listings on Craigslist which advertise items for sale, and then were lured to meeting places in Oakland to complete the transaction where they were robbed at gunpoint. The suspected robbers were described as black men between 25 and 30 years old, according to police. Anyone making a purchase on Craigslist is advised against going to secluded or residential areas to complete a transaction, and police said buyers should never travel to a meeting place with a large amount of cash.  Police advise that if something about a transaction seems suspicious, including the seller, try to leave. If a robbery occurs, surrender the money or property and report the incident to police. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

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