Safety when buying online

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - With Christmas getting closer, many of you may be flocking to online websites--such as Craigslist and Ebay--to get your list checked off.

The main thing to remember is to be cautious of your purchase.

Officials at the police department say scams are higher during this time of year.

Always plan to meet the seller face to face in a public place, such as the grocery store or even the police department.

If you feel safer with a police officer present during the transaction, you can always request one.

"That doesn't necessarily mean that that request would be granted considering the high volume of calls that our officers have to take and this probably would not be priority but the fact that they're meeting in front of the police department would probably deter any type of criminal wrongdoing that might otherwise occur," said Nate Sylvester, Twin Falls Police Department Detective.

Also be cautious of hesitant sellers and those asking for a wire transfer as these are red flags.

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