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Craigslist “a cesspool of crime”

February 25, 2011 12:34pm | Comments
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[Excerpt:
Classifieds site Craigslist has been linked with 330 crimes, 12 murders and 105 robberies or assaults in the United States last year due to anonymous interactions on the site, says a new study.

The study undertaken by AIM Group, which examined nationwide crime reports reported in local media coverage, concludes the anonymity on Craigslist is exploited by criminals across the country to rob, assault or even kill consumers as they try to buy or sell things like cars, apartments and furniture.

The report calls Craigslist “a cesspool of crime,” citing murders, rapes, robberies, assault and rental rip-offs as some of the examples. AIM concludes these are “everyday occurrences” on Craigslist, warning users that “the old rules of ‘meeting in public’ and ‘knowing whom you’re dealing with’ no longer apply.” End Excerpt]

This, my friends, is one of the main reasons we started working on building MyNewMarketplace.com. When we began, we wanted to create an “eBay” without the auction, and a “Craigslist” without the creeps. You have heard us say this time after time. And, security is our primary goal in developing the first online member based community to connect buyers and sellers in a safe and transparent way.

Recently, a kid was killed in Detroit after posting on Craigslist that he wanted to buy a smart phone. When he arrived at a meeting place; he was robbed, and killed by someone who answered his ad on Craigslist.

It’s important to have different levels of security for our members to enable them to choose which security level makes them feel most comfortable.

It’s difficult to carry the sofa you want to sell to a nearby Burger King to meet up with a potential buyer, so it’s a question of knowing who is coming to your house to look at the sofa. We are implementing different systems to have transparency and prevent people from hiding behind email addresses. Anyone can open a Gmail or Yahoo account, and hide behind it.

We are constantly evaluating new technologies and other ways of keeping the “riff raff” out, and welcome any suggestions you have to make MyNewMarketplace.com even more secure and transparent.
Be safe,
Peder Blohm
Founder

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