On Thursday June 28, 2018 the Manitoulin-Espanola Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with the partnership of the Township of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (NEMI), launched an online buy sell exchange zone at the Little Current OPP detachment in an effort to make online transactions safer for buyers and sellers.
The purpose of Project Safe Trade is to create a ‘community safe zone’ at an OPP detachment parking lot, and to create a safe site in which to facilitate online property transactions. Creating a ‘community safe zone” is about moving online transactions away from secluded parking lots, personal residences or other areas and bringing them to a safe place.
For more information visit www.opp.ca and search Project Safe Trade. Contact your local OPP detachment to find out if Project Safe Trade is in your area.
Online transaction safety tips:
Meet in a busy public place
Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness
Keep transactions to daylight hours
Do not erase e-mails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller/buyer