A recent incident involving a Facebook Marketplace transaction took a dangerous turn, ending with an Oklahoma woman being dragged by a car.
According to court documents, the woman, an employee at Cardinal Glass in Durant, Oklahoma, planned to meet with a man from a few hours away in Norman, Oklahoma, to exchange electronics through Facebook Marketplace.
The exchange was planned to take place late at night in the business’ parking lot.
The woman intended to trade her Nintendo Switch for a laptop, but the laptop the man brought did not match the one shown to her online, she told police.
When she confronted the man about the discrepancy, he allegedly got into his pickup truck with both items.
In an attempt to retrieve her device, the woman reached into the vehicle. Then, the man shifted into reverse, dragging her along before she hit the pavement.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the man involved in this incident, charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.
When making an exchange or purchase from Facebook Marketplace or other online sellers, police advise buyers and sellers take certain precautions.
Meet in a public place for the exchange, such as a library, police department, or designated pickup spot.
Whenever possible, schedule meetings during daylight hours and bring a friend or family member along.
Use secure payment methods like cash, Cash App, Venmo, or PayPal.
Stay alert and gather important details if a situation turns unsafe, such as the vehicle description, direction of travel, and license plate number.
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