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Beware of Craigslist's Scammers!

Updated on August 28, 2011

Okay, so now I will tell you my experience with a Craigslist Scammer. My boyfriend and I need a car, so after going to multiple car lots with ridiculous prices for lemon cars I decided to just try out Why not try out, where real people post real things that they are willing sell. So I found this fabulous 2003 black Tahoe which listed some attributes of the vehicle, like: power windows, child locks, good tire tread, etc. All of this for only $2500, I couldn't believe it, so I bit. Who wouldn't, a 2003 black Tahoe for $2500, there was a picture of it and everything. I mean I envisioned the lady who drove this fantastic looking vehicle with the kids in the back on there way to soccer practice or to Grandma's house for Sunday dinner. I won't tell you the name that was used on the post, but if I did you would see why I envisioned all of this. The picture on the post showed the vehicle parked in the driveway of a really nice house in a really nice neighborhood, so I thought that maybe they wanted to trade up to a newer model or something like that.

So I decided to send this nice lady with the nice name an email to get my bid in early. I noticed the post on craigslist was made an hour before I saw it so of course I wanted to be one of the first to contact her. I know a little bit about cars so in my email I asked more questions about the vehicle that was not included in the post on craigslist, like: Is there anything wrong with the vehicle mechanically? Does the heat and air work properly? What is the odometer reading and is the title ready and available for transfer? As I closed the email I voiced how indeed interested we were in the vehicle and would like to set up a time to take a look at it the following day. While I waited on a response I decided to go back to craigslist and take a look at the vehicle again, but to my surprise the post had been flagged and removed from craigslist. Below is the response that I was waiting for. (I left out the name of course.)

"I am emailing you regarding the '03 Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 that I have for sale. The final price that I want for this car is $2.500. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn't been involved in any accident. The title is clear, tires are 90% good and it has 117,845 miles,8 Cylinder,5.3L. I'm selling my son's car, who died in Iraq four months ago and I want to get rid of it asap because the sight of it makes me think of him often and often and the pain is too great. Put yourself in my shoes and you'll do the same (selling the car of your dead son, no offense)..! The payment will be handled by GoogleCheckout. If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info and the official transaction will be started and you will be contacted by Google Checkout agents.

Thank you"

Are they serious? Wow, and I didn't even ask for a story, but I guess I begged for a lie.

Okay, so I have to admit that I am not that stupid to think that a person would actually sell a 2003 Tahoe for only $2500, but I was hoping.


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    • tarkishat profile image

      tarkishat 4 years ago

      Thanks rainpurplewine for your comment. This was my experience with craigslist and I'm sure there are many more stories out there. I just wanted to inform people on this particular scam, cause someone could have easily fallen for this. I too have purchased things from craigslist prior to this happening, but this did prevent me from returning to the site.

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      Elizabeth 4 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

      There are good people on craigslist,I've bought and sold cars using that site. You just have to sort through the scam artists. There all around in the internet world,not just craigslist. Interesting story.

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      David Murree 5 years ago from USA

      Craigslist frauds are getting popular , but they are very small in number, Craigslist is so useful that we can ignore them

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      Craigslist is someplace that I try to avoid. I have heard so many storys about people getting ripped off. Thanks for this advice.

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      tngolfplayer 6 years ago from Knoxville

      Craigslist is getting to be a scam heaven. Buyers and sellers both are wary. I used to make a bit of good side cash getting rid of unwanted stuff on there, but now, man its hard to sell or buy anything through it.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      It is good that you did not fall for this! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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      hardlymoving 6 years ago from Memphis, TN

      I and my friends have bought all of our used cars off of craiglist. Up to now, I'd say around 25 cars in the past year and a half. We usually get the best prices when there's things wrong with the car, point them out to the owner and offer a reasonable price. Any ads with a ridiculous low price with no phone number is usually a scam. The seller wanting payment via ebay is a very common scam. Not being able to show the car because of whatever reason is the giveaway that they're not legit.