Douglas Rico, head of the Venezuelan criminal investigation unit, took to Instagram by offering buyers the opportunity to use police stations to finalize transactions.
According to data in Venezuela, a high percent of kidnappings take place on Facebook Marketplace. Unfortunately, some of the buyers who fall prey to the scam have been discovered dead. And earlier this year, Venezuela police said two army personnel and three other civilians were murdered in one week after being lured by an advertisement for cars.
But according to the Associated Press, many citizens in Venezuela have opted to not carry cash so that muggers might be less tempted to harm them. Another reason for the reduced crime rate is the economic crisis and the fact that many criminal gangs cannot afford ammunition due to a lack of funds.