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Craig's List E-Mail Scams

Updated on June 2, 2010

Craig's List E-Mail Scams

Listing things on Craig's List to rid things from a closet has been more pesty then lucrative, in the past you could list an item on Craig's List and you may receive a scam e-mail or two but you could weed them out and get rid of those things you did not need in a matter of a few days. In today's economy along with technology these up and coming fraudsters are using a new technique to reel in the people who are desolate or desperate for money trying to con them out of there last dime so they could reap the reward. They are like bloodsuckers and so many Americans are falling prey to these advanced tekkies on the Internet. Instead of getting " Hi, I am interested in your item," we are now getting e-mails that say:

I located the item you had for sale, and I, too had been doing
the same thing since the US economy was ruined. About 2 1/2 months
ago, awful, but I knew I had to sell my kid's X Box
to make our house payment and it was probably the lowest point in my life.
To say it was painful doesn't even start to describe it clearly,
but I needed to make the house payment or we
would be on the street (we were already 4 months behind).
Thank the Lord that'll be the last time I have to
hurt my children like that.

One of my best friends showed me what he was doing to earn
legitimate income working on his computer anywhere. I couldn't believe he'd
share this at all, but I am truly appreciative that I am sharing this with
any one who needs a break and who might be in a similar situation.

Thankfully it's easy or I would not have been able to do it, not to mention
it is the most financially safe I've ever felt before. I promise you'll find this website worth the 30 seconds it it takes you to look it over.

Oh, and here's the link:

Take great care, and Bless You!

What a con and who is the ringleader of this new e-mail that is circulating through the Virtual World? Knowing that I was not choosing to work from home and there were so many scams on the Internet , I wanted to find out who this possible ringleader was and why would his puppet add the link? So I clicked it was the man behind the scene telling everyone how he made thousands of dollars on the Internet each month. Well of course he does if each person pays him for this system he claims works, those dollars certainly add up quickly. I scrolled down to the bottom of the page , there it was the page had been temporarily disabled due to spam. Imagine that? So who was the puppet providing a link? I will not disclose her e-mail because I found it her e-mail address had been stolen! She was one of those people who was needing an extra hand and they stole her e-mail address and began to spam others on Craig's List who had listed merchandise for sale. It is a shame that Internet schemers have to lower themselves to prey on the weak and in need.

times All of us are in similiar situations unless of course we are filthy rich and many of us are just trying to rid ourselves of things we do not need in our homes or closets anymore Craig's list has always been number one on merchandise elimination but after being flooded with e-mails that went into my spam box multiple times we did some searching on the web and ran across a few better ideas to add those dollars in your pocket which is safe and just as convenient.

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 1. Virtual Yard Sales: Not only are they convenient but there are many out there that are absolutely free to post your listings. there are at least 10 pages of items that people are trying to eliminate from there homes and avoiding using other internet sites.

2.  Free classifieds: Many local newspapers across the U.S. allow a person to post a free classifed based on the value of the merchandise and people who read the newspaper tend to be a little safer then those that respond to you on Craig's List.

3. Yard Sales: Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Estate Sales whatever you call them is still the best old-fashioned way to make a few extra bucks. It can be time consuming but well worth your money in gold if you organize it properly. Yard sales I would recommend posting to Craig's List or your free classifieds it draws in a larger crowd.

4.  Auctions: There are free auctions everywhere across the web make certain that you read the fine print but here are a few examples: you can sell just but anything on this site for free and you can buy and sell anything from cars to clothes keep an eye on this one it has been around for awhile and many are buying and selling off of this site.

Craig's list is still great for larger merchandise such as Cars and Boats but even then you have to be careful with scams and scammers. There is a disclosure statement that Craig's list does provide, how many actually read the statement? It is just like being on hubpages you have to read before you ask questions. Unfortunately many do not read it and find themselves frustrated or in a dilemma. Before you join any site read, read, read. If you recieve an e-mail like the one that I found in my spam box ignore it and do not reply or you could become another internet statistic falling prey to the theft of your e-mail identity. Making money on the internet should not cost you a dime they should be paying you , not you paying them. Do your homework before you respoond to anything on the internet or disclose any of your personal information or you to could become a victim just like the woman who sent me the e-mail that was spam , which could take quite a long time to correct in the Virtual World.


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      Ryan 7 years ago

      Craigslist has an obvious list of scams. DO NOT send out of country, no moneygram, no traveler's check, no wire transfers, no escrow, no work-at-home. Deal locally only and cash only and only ship to a confirmed address once payment is received. I mean come on people, its common sense.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Victoriaaa: It is has gotten to the point that people are cautious about it altogehter. You will still see people using them, but it isn't as popular as it used to be. I have not heard of that one before, but I have heard of similiar. :)

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      Victoriaaa 7 years ago

      I just hate dealing with craigslist period. Whether it be buying things, jobs or anything. First you deal with the spam emails. My favorite is the doctor guy who's moving himself and his family to America and needs someone to clean and maintain a house (which doesn't exist) and they'll send a traveler's check where you take out a little money for yourself and then use the rest to pay for their traveling expenses. Some of the things on craigslist is just bogus.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      thankscl: I am certain if they choose to look they will however this is honestly not the place to advertise.:)

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      thanks CL 8 years ago

      i earned $15,000 per month from CL,how to do that ?check my website:

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      privateye2500: I must read that hub should be very interesting and as for as Craigs List I believe it is beginning to go down the tubes. :)

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      privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      ~~ Your hub will be linked to mine as soon as I get my email hoax hub up - yes, sadly craig's list and even the most innocent of all have such problems now; scaqms and poniz schemes abound...


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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      John Z: It is absolutely ridiculous and one would think that the party who runs Craig's List would do something about it before it disappears into the sunset. Revamp is necessary and I believe to that Yard Sales make sense. :)

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      John Z 8 years ago from Midwest

      Just ran into these idiots myself this weekend. What a waste! Posted a few items and got spammed to death---and I live in a rural area. ho hum--back to the yard sale. and thanks for the other internet options. Good hub.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      StevenCavendish: Isn't that the truth it used to be a great place maybe they need to reconstruct it. :)

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      StevenCavendish 8 years ago

      Craigslist seems to be getter worse and worse. You very rarely hear positive mentions of it anymore.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Wisdom: That sounds wonderful and as for the ads I agree .:)

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      Wisdom_Lover27 8 years ago

      Enjoyed the hub and the listing of the many ways to sell items. I just came back inside after garage saleing this morning. It is best to get together with your neighbors and have a community sale. This brings more customers and iyt is a fun way to get to know one another. Might consider making a game of the sale. Whichever neighbor makes the most money buys a keg of beer/soda to have afterwards.

      CAVEAT EMPTOR: The sites listed in this hub are even more bogus than CL! Geography and cost make the sites listed not worth it.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Dolores: There certainly are and I honestly do not understand it at all. :(

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I've been checking out the world of Craigslist and it's amazing how many scams there are. Thanks for the info.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      teendad: They are easy to spot but sometimes for the elderly or the people who are not as experienced on the internet it could get them in trouble, thank you for the wonderful comment. :)

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      teendad 8 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Every time I sell something on craigslist I get at least two or three scam e-mails. They are usually pretty easy to spot. Good hub idea.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      maribin: You are so welcome! :)

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      maribin 8 years ago from USA

      thanks for the great hub, my son used Craig's list one time when we gave away our 4 kittens, It was useful, It did not come to my mind about the scams, thanks for the info, next time we'll be more careful

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Prabu: You are quite welcome! I am certainly staying away from it. :)

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      Prabu 8 years ago

      Thank you for U. Good article AEvans. I don't even really use that website.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Lady_E: Craig's List is to buy, sell , post work etc. but there are more scammers then legitimacy lately which is very sad. I am glad that my information was provided so that you would have a better understanding. :)

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      I have been seeing "Craig's list" on a few websites recently that give out virtual work. I wondered who Craig was. Thanks for explaining it, in your Hub. :)

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Gemsong: You are so welcome that is one of the wonderful e-mails you will be getting and you will be inundated with them I am not saying you shouldn't sell on there just be careful of all of the scammers. :)

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      Madalain Ackley 8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      okay I found this hub very helpful since I have stuff that I want get rid of and with what heard about Craig's list I was hesitant. Thanks for the information.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      sunforged: You are absolutely correct and I believe he ended up getting busted for scamming people. :)

      ocbill: That is a sad story a person with a PH.D should have a little more sense then that, but it is still sad. :(

      Helen: You are welcome I had recieved 5 of them from people with different e-mail addresses I believe they may have had there e-mail addressess stolen as well because the one that I noted certainly did. :(

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for bringing this to light. I doubt many people in the climate we are living in at the moment, need to get scammed. We are all trying to do the best we can with the resources available, without idiots like this trying to steal are hard earned.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Ha. I remember hearing about a recent case in which a PH.D actually believed he was being paid the cahsier's check and of course later on he got scammed.

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      sunforged 8 years ago from

      on the link to the google money kit - he claimed to have received his first check within a week - which is of course impossible via the adsense program - every comment on the page is fake

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Louidam1: There are many and I wish they would look into the issue so I couldn't agree with you more , it used to be a great place. :)

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      Great article AEvans. Craigslist is full of scammers that I don't even really use that website anymore.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      eovery: Tell your brother in law to be careful they have some interesting characters on that place. :)

      ledefensetech: You are smart and neither did I it is a amazing what people try to do and one would think that Craig's List would have a better way of filtering out garbage. :)

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      ledefensetech 8 years ago from Cape Girardeau, MO

      Caveat Emptor is still as true today as it was in ancient Rome. As with anything, if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. I've found it helpful to always ask: "Where do they make their money?". If I can't answer that, I don't do it. Sure I might pass up a deal or two, but I can be pretty sure I'm not falling for a scam.

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Thanks for the hub. I have stayed away from the craigs list, but my brother-in-law loves it.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      MellasViews: How hilarious! now we know where they all hang out lololo :)

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      MellasViews 8 years ago from Earth

      Excellent Post. I never bothered with buying or selling on Craigslist... but I do frequent it to visit the stalkers on Missed Connections. You have got to see that section of the site, its hilarious. Things like "Looking for the hot babe I saw on the expressway yesterday at 5pm" if it was you, email me with your car color. lol. Funny stuff.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Hello, Hello: I bet they are too! :D

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for the information. These days you can't enough information about scams. I bet these scams swimming in money.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      BkCreative: You are so welcome! I am glad that you found it informative. :)

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Exactly that email I received AEvans - and I was just listing a stoop sale but someone had to sell their son's computer and the house and etc.

      I've never sold on craigslist but I may have a couple things and will consider it.

      Thanks for the informative hub - even the comments are very useful.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Lily: Many do make money on Craig's List it is those you know what spammers that are annoying and I hope nobody falls prey to those e-mails especially the elderly. :(

      Dohn: Your comment is another example of someone taking a person for granted I hope the more that read , that many can be protected by this horrible internet marketing scheme.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, AEvans. I'm sure that somehow or way we've all been misled while online. I actually got bamboozled last month by a subcontractor for Google! And it was because I saw the Google logo that I wholeheartedly believed that the business was legitimate!

      The best criminals and swindlers are those who feed off of the public's empathy. Thank you so much for sharing this. I hope many will heed your words!

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      I love selling on craigslist and have made some good money here and there (I have a pile of stuff on the floor behind me right now waiting to be listed!) but I agree, the spam is getting worse.

      One thing I do make sure to do is never give out my address, I'll always set a (public) place to meet a potential buyer to be safe.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Paradise7: Thank you and thanks for the McAfee information I will adjust mine to I didn't realize you could do that. :)

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      Paradise7 8 years ago

      Good hub, hope everyone reads it. I'm disenchanted with Craig's list after I started getting spammed all the time. I adjusted my McAfee Security system to a higher setting for emails and it seemed to work. I also made the spam folder auto-delete so I don't even have to look at these things and they won't open, which makes my computer and email address safer.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Jessica: I have seen those to and one grows weary of those e-mails you just want to knock them on there noggin. lololo thank you for reading. :)

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      Jessica Horn 8 years ago

      Excellent post. I've sold a few things on Craigslist, and almost every time I've sold anything over a few hundred dollars, I've gotten the "I've been looking for that for a long time! I'll send my mover over with a cashier's check for your full asking price right away... I just need your address" email almost every time.

      If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

      Thanks for sharing.


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