Watch Out for eWhore and Job Ads on Craigslist
There seems to be no bottomline when it comes to making money
Craigslist has a top-10 traffic rank in the world. People have been using the site to make money online. When it comes to making money, people are willing to do anything. There are many tricks the scammers use often. Most of them work in the job and personal sections. The latter even has a name called "e-whore."
If you post a personal ad and within 1 hour, you will probably get 5 responses from ewhores. Here is what they do. They respond with a nice picture of a young girl - "are you real?" "are you serious?" If you respond, they come back with an affiliate link. If you fill out the affiliate link, they make money. They also use instant messengers to communicate, presumably with a young girl's picture as the avatar. Some of them can be "preemptive" too by posting a personal ad and wait for you to answer. These tricks obviously work better with men. These ewhores are mostly men which makes it more disgusting.
The other common trick is used in the job section. I suspect this works exceptionally well now that the unemployment rate is high. What they do is they ask you to fill out a job application form which would be a "lead" to their CPA offer. They get paid whenever someone fills out a form. Basically, they sell your info for money. Again, they would send the link to the form in a reply to your job inquiry. Basically, what these people do is they use your desperation to make money for themselves. At the end, they will have to "turn you down." So not only they make money, they will make you feel bad too.
These people obviously have no ethics. All they care about is making money. They are even worse then the "e-beggars." e-Beggars can be frequently seen on the Warrior Forum. This however takes a little time to build your "reputation" in the forum. After participating in the forum for a while, you can post a message saying you have some kind of financial emergency and asking people to chip in. Surprisingly the forum seems to be full of kind people who would donate money to you. You can of course promise to pay the money back in a certain way.
Craigslist is very powerful because of their traffic. For example, you can easily get 10 responses in 1 hour if you post a job opening (3 years ago). Unfortunately it's also prone to abuse.