The most valuable currency in our marketplace is trust. Being the most trusted marketplace has been our goal since the very beginning. In the past few years, we've partnered with law enforcement officials across the nation, educated them on the ways that OfferUp can assist, and launched our Community MeetUp Spots campaign. We recently asked Detective Sergeant Nick Ferrara for some trust and safety tips which will be highlighted in the next two blogs.
In this blog, you'll be introduced to Nick and the background that led him to where he is now. Stay tuned for next week when we post all his tips and tricks.
Let's meet Nick!
Detective Sergeant Nick Ferrara
Financial and Organized Crimes Investigations
Bachelor in Criminology from University of Florida
22 years with the Gainesville Police Department
10 years of Criminal Investigations experience
The remaining 12 years I was assigned to Patrol Operations with various specialties to include SWAT, Rifle Team, DUI camera operator, and Traffic Homicide Investigator.
- What is your favorite safety feature?
My favorite Safety feature has to be the TruYou identity verification. So many times, scammers and criminals will try to hide their identity by using fake numbers, emails, names, etc. The “layering” or distancing they create makes it difficult for the police to identify the actual suspects. The TruYou verification feature requires the user to disclose TRUE information in order to verify actual email addresses, social media profiles, cell phones numbers, etc. The scammer looking to make a quick buck using bogus information will most likely be deterred from using the app because of this, therefore, reducing the chance of the buyer being duped into buying stolen, broken, or counterfeit goods.
- Why did you get into law enforcement?
Both my brothers are in law enforcement and it sounded like a fun, exciting, and challenging career. Besides earning my Bachelors from UF in Criminology in 1996, I have always had the utmost respect for the police and thought I would want to be a part of this noble profession. It’s a career where each day can bring just about any type of challenge before you, ranging from something trivial like telling a kid why he needs to listen to his mother at bath time (Yes, this actually happened) to being in a life-threatening situation. I have been able to do and see things many people would never want to see or experience. I am a people person as well and enjoy interacting with others, mostly in a positive setting.
Next week we will hear tons of tips and recommendations from Sergeant Nick so be sure to check back for more!
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