CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Seattle area based company, OfferUp, has issued a statement to FOX19 NOW after at least five people were victims to armed robbery.
The statement reads, "Providing a trusted experience for our users is a primary focus at OfferUp and we do not tolerate criminal activity. We have worked closely with the Cincinnati Police Department to provide any assistance possible.
Over the past few weeks, Cincinnati police have arrested at least two suspects in connection with people being robbed at gunpoint after agreeing to meet through OfferUp.
It's a website similar to Craigslist, where people can sell their things. Dominique Hardy was arrested by police after he allegedly held a man up at gunpoint demanding electronics worth around $2,300.
In a similar case, Tahje Porits was arrested for luring victims to a location where other armed suspects were waiting to rob victims.
Police are investigating if they cases are connected.
Several other areas have had similar issues with online website. In Indiana, WISH-TV reports a man was murdered after going to buy two iPhones for his daughter. WTHR reports that a suspect threatened to cause harm to a victim's 4-month-old child if a necklace was not handed over.
Robberies in Atlanta, Maryland and Chicago all offer similar stories with victims being confronted by an armed suspect.
FOX19 NOW contacted the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone filed complaints against the company.
Locally, there have been no filings but in Washington State, where the company is based there have been at least eight complaints closed in the last three years and seven closed in the last 12 months.
The BBB gives the company an "F" rating based on 13 factors which partially include length of time the business has been operating, complaints filed, failure to respond to complaint, and complaint filed but unresolved.
The Ohio Attorney General's office received only one complaint, according to a spokesperson, who also said those type of complaints are handled locally.
In the one they did receive, a woman was trying to buy a 2006 Honda Civic for $2,000. The seller, who was based in Florida, told the victim they needed to send another $2,000 for insurance in case anything happened to the vehicle. The victim sent a total of $4,080, but never received the car.
As of February 1st, the Butler County Sheriff's office opened its lobby for exchanges.
OfferUp has a link which offers best practices when meeting up with someone from their site.