Craigslist buyer assaulted with pepper spray, robbed of $2K

A Craigslist shopper got more than he bargained for Wednesday, as he was pepper-sprayed and robbed of $2,000, Fremont police said.

An unidentified Fremont resident responded to an ad listed on the popular Web site from a Peninsula location for a 46-inch color television that was for sale for $2,000. After corresponding with the seller, he invited them to his Grimmer Boulevard home to complete the transaction, police said.

When the two men selling the television arrived, described only as two African-American males in their 20s, they offered to set up the television for the man to make sure that it worked properly. After seeing that it did, the man handed over $2,000 cash he had withdrawn that day as payment. The two men then sprayed him with pepper spray, took the money, grabbed the television and fled, police said. Neighbors who heard the commotion tried unsuccessfully to block the men as they fled.

Jeff Flemming, an employee at the Craigslist Operations Department, said consumers should not be scared off from buying things through the Web site.

“About 99.9 percent of our ads should not be of concern. It seems like Craigslist was just picked as the medium for this crime, and maybe it would have happened anyway,”.

If you feel you have been a part of a scam or fraud on Craigslist, please report it by calling (415) 566-6394.

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