I remember when I bought a smartphone off of someone on Craigslist. I had $400 in cash to buy the phone. I met the guy in a very public place, a Verizon Wireless store. I made sure that I activated the phone first, made sure that the phone worked as intended and all buttons worked as well. Oh, and I had a good friend with me who just so happened to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon.
I hate to say this, but trust no one. Always make sure that you have the merchandise in-hand (and in the case of expensive football game tickets, make sure that they are authentic), meet in a public place, and make sure to hand no
cash over until the transaction is complete.--
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