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Beware Of The Craigslist Scam

Updated on January 4, 2009

Long Distance Money Transfer

Craigslist is one of the main sites that people get scammed using. Note that Craigslist has nothing to do with money orders, wire transactions, checks, or any other form of money transfers.

  • Doing Long Distance Business- Okay, only a dumbass would do business with someone far away from them. Say for example, you are living in California, and you decide to purchase something from someone all the way in Liverpool, England, and the person asks you to make a wire transfer with Western Union, of any other money wiring system, that should raise anyone's suspicions. Never do business with someone that you can't meet in person. Most people asking for money wiring on Craigslist are scammers. They will con you out of your money and you will receive nothing in return.
  • Financial Information-Never give your financial information to someone over Craigslit, EVER!! That's one of the biggest mistakes you could ever make. Some people fall for these promises scammers make, leaving them wide open for an attack.
  • Social Security Numbers-(Uhhh hint:SSN in wrong hands=identity theft.)Everyone should know that giving your social out over the internet has a high possibility of going completely wrong, especially when you are doing business with unknown people. But, somehow, people are scammed by that exact same thing..........ridicolous
  • Fake Checks Over Craigslist-Okay now I don't think people have to be stupid to fall victim to this. It may be kind of hard to figure out whether some checks are real or not.
  • Selling Homes On Craigslist-Alright everyone, this is my opinion, people should not try to sell their home over the internet, especially Craigslist. Scammers can rent or buy your home. Scammers have reportedly taken photos of homes and placed ads on Craigslist, making people believe that they are the renters of the property, costing people hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Craigslist is a good web site, it's just that scammers have gotten ahold of it, making it dangerous. Before you make business with this web site, follow these rules below

  1. Deal locally with people you can meet in person
  2. Never wire funds through MoneyGram, Western Union, or any other wire service-anyone who asks is a scammer.
  3. Fake cashier checks and money orders are common. Banks will cash them, and hold you completely responsible when it is discovered to be fake weeks later.
  4. Craigslist isn't involved in any scams, transactions, or buyer protection. 


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    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thanks for the warnings. I am just looking into Craigslist and finding all kinds of problems and articles on what to avoid. It makes me nervous enough to try to find the right way of transacting business before I get involved in some scam.

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      hypnosis4u2 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I have used Craigs List successfully to find writers. I have not successfully sold anything on it.

    • SistasExpress profile image

      SistasExpress 8 years ago from Chicago

      Good Blog, yea it has been suggested that I do business on Graigslist,..but I am a lttle leary of many issues..that make national news.

    • mandybeau profile image

      mandybeau 9 years ago

      Thank you I have advertised paintings on craigslist, in New Zealand, and certainly would not give any financial details out unless I knew the person. However since being on Craigslist I have notice Spam has increased. These are very unsophisticated scams, and the people generally don' t have a great grasp of the English language, not to mention spelling. However weird things are happening with computer messages from people seemingly communicating with each other via my computer.