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Madison police issue safety advisory for Craigslist buyers-sellers

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Madison Police are urging people who sell items on Craigslist to meet their customers in safe areas in daylight hours. That's after two sellers were victimized the past two weeks when they received counterfeit bills from their buyers.

Madison Police said a 19-year-old woman met a man who offered on Craigslist to buy her laptop computer for $700. They made the transaction late Tuesday night in a grocery store's parking lot. She said the man paid her with 20-dollar bills -- and when she got home, she noticed they had crooked print and smeared ink. Last week, a 33-year-old woman was victimized in a similar fashion, after she met a man in the parking lot of a hamburger restaurant to sell her camera for $360. Police said the woman discovered the bills were fake when she tried depositing them into a credit union account.

Authorities say Craigslist buyers and sellers should meet at daylight in busy areas like malls -- or police station lobbies.