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Craigslist caution after murder of William Apps

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Police say 25-year-old William Apps was murdered after trying to sell his truck on Craigslist.

Each year millions buy and sell on the internet and Craigslist is one of the most popular websites. How many of us are safe when cyber-selling?

"I've always used Craigslist to look for cars or whatever I'm looking for jobs," Ricky Ray of Mount. Pleasant said.

Ray is selling an item on the site, but after the murder of Apps, he is cautious of Craigslist.

"I posted and said 'I would met you...' After what happened, my wife and I talked about it and decided that it's best to meet in a public area like a Piggly Wiggly, a Food Lion or a mall parking lot. Basically where there's a lot of people," Ray said.

"It's pretty scary. Now it makes me double think about everything," he continued.

It's a thought that sticks with him because Apps' body was actually discovered near Ray's home.

"You would never think... not in my town. That would never happen to me. Unfortunately it happened the next road over. That concerns me because before hearing this I may have met with someone off the side of a road," Ray said.

He and his wife now have a safety strategy.

"I told my wife... as soon as I get a call... what time I leave. I will call as soon as he is getting out of his car and she said to call as soon as I get back in my car. And I said 'if you haven't heard from me in 5 or 10 minutes or get a text, notify the authorities," Ray said.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon shared tips about dealing with online ads like Craigslist.

*Don't list your home address..

*Don't go alone to meet a potential buyer or seller..

*Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy, stop and don't continue with the transaction.

*Provide information to a friend or family of your intentions and the contact information of the person you are meeting.

 

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