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2 Craigslist Scams To Watch Out For!

Updated on September 15, 2014

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Craigslist Apartment For Sale Scam
Craigslist Apartment For Sale Scam

The Apartment Scam

A few months ago, my wife and I were searching for a new apartment (since rent in Los Angeles goes up and up each year) and came across some Craigslist ads that seemed too good to be true. This was the beginning of my very first Craigslist scam.

The Craigslist ad poster was offering a sizable home for sale (about $500 per month cheaper than anywhere else in the area) so I decided to contact him. My conversation with this man felt like any normal renting experience.

The scammer gave me an actual address of a real apartment for sale. It was vacant just like he said. However, he told me that he and his wife were not able to let us into the apartment because they had moved to Germany unexpectedly for his work. He told me he had the keys and paperwork with him because he wasn't planning on selling his home (but that his wife mentioned they needed extra money) so he decided last minute to put it up for sale. He kept explaining that he wanted to make sure the new tenants would take good care of his home and the only thing he required was that the new tenants take pictures of the place every month to show him they kept it clean and nice. I honestly thought I was talking to a real person that really wanted to make sure his apartment stayed clean and well-kept. The guy kept adding in there that I should trust in God and that everything would turn out just fine with this apartment.

My wife and I decided to visit this location. It was an actual apartment, vacant, and for rent. The only thing that made me think it was a scam was the fact that at the front of the building there was a big management company sign with a phone number. I thought, how is this guy "selling his house" when this building is managed by a company?

After a quick call to the management company, I found out that while this location was for rent (but being torn down in 6 months) that it was much higher in price and that the guy I contacted earlier was a scam artist.

Now, I'm not mad at the scam artist because he was trying to get me to put money down on this apartment. I'm not mad that he lied to me the entire time. But I am mad that he used God's name to try to get what he wanted from me.

Here's a direct quote from the liar, "I am a man of my word and even though I am not happy renting my home out in my absence, and with your corporation and TRUST IN GOD, we will get this done without a hitch."

The Car Scam

I recently had the need to sell one of my cars. I went to a few different appraisal websites to get an idea of how much to sell my car for, and after getting a proper estimate, I listed the car for sale on Craigslist. Within seconds of publishing, I received 7 interested buyers.

One of the buyers was CLEARLY looking to scam me. Here is our back and forth chat. Please keep in mind that I was fully aware of what he/she was doing (and I was bored) so I messed with this person for about 3 hours. I mean, if you're going to try to get my personal information I'm going to make you work for it!

My texting conversation with a Craigslist Scam Artist
My texting conversation with a Craigslist Scam Artist

7 Signs You Might Be Getting Scammed

These Craigslist scam artists are good at making you believe they are a real person who cares about you. They don't care about you.

Here are a few sneaky tricks these bad people do to try to scam you. Be VERY careful when dealing with people who:

1) Are out of town but want to make a deal

2) Want your PayPal email

3) Are willing to pay extra

4) Have someone else that will pick up the item for them

5) Are willing to send you a check

6) Want you to send them a tracking number before they pay you

7) Don't care about the price

Other Scams to Avoid


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    • momsdoworkathome profile image

      Katina Davenport 3 years ago from Michigan

      I have always been skeptical about placing ads on craigslist or buying anything from them. I listed an item once in 2009, but that did not go well. I never received emails from real, interested customers.

      I am so sorry that you have had that happen to you. You can help a lot of people with your story.