Craigslist Users: Be Smart About Your Hookups

CEO: "Trust Your Instincts"

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009  |  Updated 6:55 AM CDT
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Craigslist Users: Be Smart About Your Hookups

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The CEO of online classified site Craigslist said the Web site does everything it can to ensure safety, but stressed that it is a public forum.

"I'm sure millions of (Today) viewers have used Craigslist to find jobs, housing, relationships, buying and selling. This kind of tragedy is an opportunity to remind people to take, you know, bring your common sense precautions on line, same ones you would take offline. If you're going to meet somebody for the first time, choose a public place, consider taking a friend along, trust your instincts and take along your cell phone..."

But host Lester Holt said that advice was "all well and good if you're selling a TV set or a dining room set." 

As we know, not everyone uses the site for such mundane things, so basically:  be smart about hooking up.

Boston University medical student Phillip Markoff is accused of killing two women he met on Craigslist.   A stripper in Rhode Island on Friday said she was assaulted by a man she met through the site.

Craigslist last November announced an agreement with attorneys general in 40 states, including Illinois, to try to stamp out sex ads.  The deal required people who post "erotic services" ads on Craigslist to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card.

Last month, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart filed a lawsuit against the site, calling it the "single largest source of prostitution in the nation."

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