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New law makes online shopping safer this holiday season

Posted at 11:13 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:46:35-05

A new law gives online shoppers a safe place to meet up with potential buyers or sellers. 

Las Vegas resident Russell Whitmore is cautious when shopping online. He was nearly scammed out of more than $1,000 when trying to buy a car. 

"It was the right color, right mileage, I fell for it," Whitmore. 

Whitmore said one of his biggest mistakes was not meeting up with the seller in person. However, meeting with people you meet online can often be risky. 

Earlier this year, a new law in Nevada went into effect to address that risk. It requires counties, cities, or towns to designate at least one police station where people can complete sales with strangers they've met online. 

The North Las Vegas Police Department was already ahead of the game. For the past two years, the department's invited the public to its area commands for e-commerce exchanges. 

"If someone doesn't want to meet you at the police department, that might be a red flag," said Officer Eric Leavitt. 

13 Action News reached out to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to find out if it has designated any of its substations as "e-commerce safe zones." A spokesperson was unaware of any specific designated sites in its jurisdiction.  

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