I live near uptown area and encourage buyers to meet outside a bank close by. A buyer once tried to give me counterfeit currency, lucky enough I usually first transfer the cash through banks atm and then hand over the item . I was saved and the buyer was red faced . He ran out of the bank and fled the situation . Of 200$ just 50 $ were real and other were counterfeit.
I always , always meet up in a bank in case he/she is handing a cash over to me .
I sell and buy cars and I run into scams like this all day, every day. I conduct transactions during banking hours. I have the bank verify the funds, cash or otherwise then proceed to have the title notarized. I find most thieves/scammers will shy away from banks.
Just like any other good suggestions I read. If possible make meet place at police station, bank, or any public place that have camera. Always make receipt of transactions if needed and signed by seller and buyer for your records. Never give your phone number away or your house address. The reason I knew these because I experienced it and not fun experience. Be safe .
i only ever meet people at my local library a few blocks away from home. if it's something i can't carry that far, they're allowed to come to the home but i won't be alone and they aren't allowed inside. i'll bring it out to them.