Sunday, April 10, 2011

Technology is not always our friend...

Most people consider Craigslist to be one of the best online resources for locating everything from furniture, to jobs, and everything in between. These people are correct most of the time, but lately the darker side of Craigslist has begun to reveal itself.

As with other sites that allow users to post their addresses and current locations, there has been an increasing number of theft and assault as a result of this open display of information. Users of Facebook have been finding their homes robbed and ransacked after posting that they are on vacation, and many who have chosen Craigslist as an outlet to sell something, have found it stolen after posting their address for potential buyers to come and view the item.

This trend has been unfortunately escalating, and has now found a new victim in a New York woman who was attempting to use the site to make a fresh start in a new state after moving. The man who answered her ad- Jeffrey Gray, 48, a Salem planning board member, reportedly restrained the woman against her will and sexually assaulted her for days before attempting to release her on a plane and make his escape. 

Although Jeffrey was captured, it begs the question: can you really trust resources such as Craigslist when networking and selling items? The site itself allows users to post images and information as they please, without any hefty screening process. While most simply find themselves at the bad end of a phone number prank, it would appear that things are growing increasingly worse. 

Using online resources to Find People & Public Records one can do much more extensive research on who your potential buyer/seller is on a site such as Craigslist, and perhaps save yourself the trouble of dealing with such a sad and traumatic experience. 


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