Oakland police have issued a warning to people buying items off Craigslist after some people were enticed by a good deal, then later robbed at gunpoint.
A 32-year-old man, who asked not to be identified, said he thought he was buying a car when he was ambushed by two men with guns.
Police said similar robberies have happened every night this week.
The victim KTVU spoke with said he was still shaken up by what happened.
"I was very, very scared," he said. "Very nervous and my family too."
The man said he was with his wife and three children on Hillcrest Road in the Oakland Hills on Tuesday night when two men held guns to their heads.
The man said the suspects demanded him to give him all his money and his cell phone.
The man was responding to an online offer on Craigslist for a $4,700 used Acura.
Instead, he said the armed men made off with everything he had, more than $6,500 in cash.
Oakland police said at least four victims have reported similar robberies all this week in which each a person responded to a Craigslist offer for cars or electronics.
All of the victims were told to meet in the same upscale, but secluded, part of North Oakland between 8 and 9 p.m.
"Speaking with some of the victims, they felt this was a safe area to do the transaction," said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. "They felt safe going into that area with a large amount of cash."
Police said anyone buying something from someone off of Craigslist should always insist on meeting in a well populated area.
Police even offered the police department as a possible meeting location.
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