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Internet safety more compelling to online Sheridan users

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Buying and selling online can be fun, fast and easy, and most people doing it are honest and have good intentions.

But as a result of violent attacks inspired by slender man and the craigslist killer, internet safety has become more compelling to online Sheridan users.

An online Facebook group where people can buy, sell, and trade items in the Sheridan community, opens up about their safety concerns.  

 Sheridan Upcycle is an online classifieds page that caters to people who live in the Sheridan area.

“With 14,000 people on there, it gets a little crazy once in a while but for the most part, we hold it down pretty good.”  said Jonny Law, one of people who controls the Facebook group.

Sheridan Upcycle has been used to buy and sell items such as real estate, cars, clothes and more, but users know they must use common sense to protect themselves.

“ I think for the most part it’s pretty dang safe,” Law said .

Most online users are authentic, but since it’s really easy to hide your true identity, it is possible to come into contact with people you would ordinarily try to avoid.”

Police Sergeant Travis Koltiska has some golden rules for anybody who is meeting someone in person for the first time.

“Check their references to see if there’s people who know this person, know of them and if they can’t identify their true identity, take a third person,” Koltiska sad.

Using the buddy system is helpful but if that isn’t an option, do transactions during the day.

“Couple things to look out for for sure, is to not give out your credit card information and make sure that you meet up with people in public places,” Law said.

This precaution will help make internet buying and selling much safer for everyone.

“For the most part, making sure you yourself is safe, so that if you feel safe then you generally are,” Law said.

Sheridan Upcycle creators hint that they may develop more upcycle groups for other nearby cities.

“It’s a great tool for everybody,” Law said.

Staying safe online should always be a priority and if you do come across something suspicious, don’t hesitate to contact the police.
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