The Evansville Police Department is now allowing people to use the records room in the Civic Center as a meeting place to ensure that what they see online is actually what they are agreeing to buy.
EPD Sergeant Jason Cullum says there's been a nationwide increase in online purchases from sites such as Craigslist and E-Bay but not all of them can be trusted.
"With that increased number of transactions it increases the opportunity for fraudulent transactions or somebody is selling you something that's not authentic or something that's stolen," says Cullum. "Sometimes people send off payment and never receive the item at all."
Cullum says using the police department records room as a place for exchange will help to limit the number of fraudulent transactions.
"That provides a safe environment for people to do that," says Cullum. "You do not have to go into a neighborhood you are not familiar with. You do not have to have people come to your home or go to a strangers home."
Cullum says if a car is being bought an officer can check to the car to make sure it is not stolen before the person buys it. This service will cost $5.
The Civic Center lobby is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you can come in at your convenience. You do not need an appointment.