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How to Spot a CRAIGSLIST Scam



Ever been scammed on Craigslist?  I was hoping we weren’t going to get a lot of calls on this today.  Wrong!!!

Sue told her rental scam story.  Someone pirated one of her real estate listings and posted it on Craigslist as a dirt cheap rental.  A few that responded to the scam ad lost money or personal information.

Use your head if you are buying or selling on Craigslist.

Here’s a few ways to spot a Craigslist scam--

WIRING MONEY
If the seller requests payment abroad through Western Union or MoneyGram, it should appear fishy.  Craigslist clearly states, “Anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.”

ESCROW
Using an online escrow service might sound like a good idea, but chances are it’s a scam.  Scammers can set up fake sites that look legit.

CRAIGSLIST “GUARANTEES”
Anyone that claims Craigslist will guarantee a transaction or offer any kind of protection is lying.  Craigslist clearly states it “is not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer buyer protection or seller certification.”

CASHIER’S CHECKS
Never dispatch goods or carry out services on the basis of seeing a photo of a check or money order.  Always wait for a check to arrive—and more crucially, clear—before completing a deal.  Craigslist warns that fake cashier’s checks are common.

PARTIAL PAYMENT
Do not pay any amount “up front,” even it’s a small sum.  Anyone asking you to send money first, or to secure something with a deposit, is almost certainly a scammer.

It’s always best to meet people face-to-face to exchange money, goods or services.

(reprinted from www.mashable.com)

And the main way to spot a Craigslist scam…
IF IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!!!

~Rock



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