The number of purchases made online continues to rise and the Better Business Bureau has a number of tips to remember when buying from websites such as Craigslist. Investigator Bill Smith says that a woman from St. Louis was recently scammed out of $5,000 because she believed an advertisement for a vehicle was legitimate. He offers a few tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.


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Smith says you should never send a money gram or any payment through a wire service when making a purchase online. He also recommends making arrangements to pay for the item after you have received it if possible. For other tips or more information you can contact the BBB by calling 314-645-6600 or visit

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