Craigslist Scams: Avoid Them !!
Craigslist, one of the worlds most popular free online sites for local classified advertisements with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sales, services, resumes, local community and discussion forums, are all commonly found deals you can luck into on Craigslist.
But just like with any other popular website, the unscrupulous and other unsavory folks started using Craigslist to scam innocent folks looking for a great deal or services.
With all of the goods and services being sold, bought, or advertised, there’s always a lot of temptation for an e-crook to use Craigslist to scam innocent folks out of their hard earned cash. Luckily avoiding Craigslist scams mostly falls under common sense, I know what some of you may be thinking: Yes it is common sense. But still there are thousands of tricky grifters out there, so better watch out!
To help you avoid scams on Craigslist, I’ve pointed out some of the most commonly used preventive tactics/actions used by an alert buyers and sellers to avoid hassles with scams. Hopefully these tips will help you avoid a big headache, too. 🙂
Always Meet Face To Face
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have at least tried to contact your Seller or Buyer. Keeping things in the real world vs. on the Virtual world of via snail mail will help make sure that you actually get what you paid for. Many people avoid these things by failing to contact the seller or buyer to let them know what is going on, they burry their heads in the sand and end up losing everything… And this tip leads us to…
Always and only purchase/sell or bartered services to someone who is close enough to you that you could arrange to meet in a public place, this will allow you to find out with whom you are dealing before you deal with them. So choose a place like the parking lot of a shopping mall or a department store, and always try to meet during the daytime. There’s no sense in letting a stranger know where you putting up and into your house just to save couple of bucks on petrol.
Hard Cash Only:
If you’re selling something, always make sure that you ask for cash only. Wire transfers and cheques can be faked, but cash in hand is lot harder to scam with, unless and until its a fake currency .. So If you deal only with cash and with people locally, you’ll be fine 99.9% of the time when selling/buying via craigslist.
3rd Party Services “AVOID THEM”
There are tons of well-known online escrow services running by scammers, so try to keep things clean and simple. If you’re dealing with someone who insists you on using an online escrow service, save yourself the hassle of a headache and look for a new person to deal with…
Interested to find more details on Craigslist scams? Check out the official words from Craigslist on their “about scams” page.