Robbers are targeting victims over Facebook Marketplace, Chicago police say

Chicago police are warning residents about robbers who are targeting victims over Facebook Marketplace.

Police said that at least four times this month, robbers have posted fake items for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

They arrange to meet the victims, then threaten them with a gun.


One robbery happened on the 6700 block of South Bishop at 8 p.m., and another happened a block away on April 9 at 11:56 a.m.

Two more Facebook Marketplace robberies occurred on April 12 in the following locations:

  • At 1 p.m. in the 5300 block of South Calumet Avenue
  • At 5:45 p.m. in the 300 block of West 42nd Place

The suspects were in their late 20s and one of the women involved was using the name "Diamond," according to police.

Police offered this advice to stay safe:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • If you are confronted by an assailant remain calm
  • Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc...)
  • Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the information to the police
  • If video surveillance equipment is present, please save a copy of the incident for investigating detectives
  • If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information
  • Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on scene when possible