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But for the 99% of ads that are completely legit, you'll find postings designed to con you.That's a sad reality of life, and of Craigslist, but if you know what to look out for you can avoid the pitfalls of an otherwise awesome service. ) This is a really nasty scam, and we could all fall for it quite easily.
It's bad enough that scalpers use Craigslist, buying tickets for and when the concert is sold out, selling them to you for 0. These scams won't just leave you paying a steep markup, but also without the tickets you thought you were buying.In fact, it's more widespread than ever, and the reason is that it is very easy to pull off, and almost impossible to track down the scammer. You scour the Craigslist ads for a rental home and find one that is both beautiful and very, very affordable. You contact the address in the ad and are told that the owner had to leave the country (usually for something like missionary work) and needs money to cover the mortgage.You then are told to fill out a background check (which gives ID thieves a ton of personal info) and wire them money for one month's rent and deposit. However, if you think "well, I'd never send money to someone I'd never met" you should also know there is a variant of the scam that involves people actually showing homes to you and collecting the money there and then.It's also known as "robbery by appointment." As a Craigslist seller, you will know that cash is the only way to go. Of course, as a buyer you have to abide by those same rules.
Craigslist scammers will place an ad for something like a car, high-end electronics, or anoter product of significant value.
You'll arrange to meet the seller (with a nice wad of cash in your pocket), and that's when you'll be jumped and the money taken from you.