HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in Hamden want the public to be aware of safety tips regarding social media transactions following a fraudulent car sales robbery in their town.

On Tuesday, Hamden police officers responded to the area of Sebec Street and Leo Road for a reported street robbery.

The incident happened at about noon. when police said a victim was meeting someone to purchase a vehicle he found on social media. It was later determined to be a fraudulent car sale transaction.

Two suspects with masks approached the victim and robbed him at gunpoint. The suspect vehicle was described as a black sedan with tinted windows that fled toward Leo Road. The victim was not injured.

Police ask that anyone with information or video surveillance related to the robbery to contact Det.Shawn Nutcher of the Hamden Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (203) 287-4812 or email at snutcher@hamdenpd.com.

The Hamden Police Department recommends some very important crime-prevention safety tips
regarding social media transactions:

  • Understand that some seller profiles or listings on social media may be fraudulent.
  • Meet in a public place, preferably well-lit and with security cameras.
  • Have someone with you during any sale transactions.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or any other valuables on your person.
  • If you sense trouble, leave the area as quickly as possible.
  • If you are robbed, make personal safety your number one priority. Money and property can
    always be replaced. Contact police as soon as you safely can.