A US Marine was shot three times during a robbery attempt at a Craigslist transaction. Lt. Col. Karl Trenker stood in for his fiance when a business transaction went very bad.
It was supposed to end like thousands of other Craigslist sales, except the buyers had other things in mind. When Lt. Col. Trenker presented a gold chain to one of the prospective buyers, he took off with it. Col. Trenker, having none of that, took after him and ended up getting shot three times.
His military experience helped him stay calm and survive, as he actually plugged the bullet holes with his fingers to slow blood flow until help arrived. The thieves were apprehended shortly thereafter.
Lt. Col. Trenker’s fiance was originally going to go to the meeting by herself, thank God that he would not let her go, and went in her place. The Trenker’s are meeting with the CEO of Craigslist to talk about how to make transactions safer in the future.
Please be very careful out there when dealing with unknown people that you meet online. Never go alone, meet in a public place and have a cell phone with you at all times.
Many people use online mail, banking and buy items on the internet now. The biggest question is,”What are some things I can check to increase my safety online?”
There are two ways to browse the internet, regularly and securely. Regular sites have the designation “http://” in front of the www. address, secure/encrypted websites us the “https:// designation.
What is the difference? Regular websites are not encrypted. Any information you enter into them is transfered across the internet in standard readable text. Secure sites encrypt the data you enter before sending it over the internet. This makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for someone to intercept and read this information.
Whenever you are asked to log in to a secure site, whenever you are purchasing items, or checking your financial information, glance up at the address bar and make sure that it says “HTTPS://” in front of the web address instead of “HTTP://” This tells you that your are using a secure site and that your information is being encrypted as it is sent over the internet. Standard sites are not encrypted.
Believe it or not, hackers have found a way to divert your HTTPS:// connections to a standard HTTP:// unencrypted address. So instead of your address bar at the top of internet explorer saying something like https://securebankingfor me.com it will actually say http://securebankingforme.com and your information that you thought was secure could be intercepted.
Oh, one last point, don’t rely on the lock icon that shows up in the address bar when on a secure site, hackers have found a way to duplicate that also. Always check for the “https://”
Daniel W. Dieterle