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Facebook Trend Worries Law Enforcement

Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 10:54 AM CST

Lori Beth Huddleston scours Facebook groups for deals, daily.

The mom of five has bought everything from books, shoes, computers, furniture and even her SUV - all through Facebook.

"Why throw away somebody else's treasure and spend full price on it?... It's called frugal in today's world and I'm really cheap!"

It appears the trend is growing. There are several Sangamon county and Springfield groups on Facebook with thousands of members each, selling goods like clothing, electronics, phones, furniture and even pets.

But groups like these bring real concerns to law enforcement.

"When you have to go meet them and physically exchange money for property, you could get robbed of your money. You could get physically hurt and that concerns us," Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell said.

Authorities say there have not been any reports like that in Sangamon county yet. Here are some tips to keep it that way: Never meet to buy or sell goods by yourself , meet in public places, don't bring more cash than the agreed upon amount and make sure you get what you pay for.

Facebook Trend Worries Law Enforcement


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