Scams On Craigslist
Craigslist is known worldwide for its classifieds for just about anything - from toys to furniture. Craigslist rental scams of phony rental listings are also known to exist. Used automobiles are a popular item on Craigslist, but since they also tend to be a higher priced item, they draw Craigslist fraud criminals. Look out for ads that display a sense of urgency. Someone claims your transaction is guaranteed, that a buyer/seller is officially certified, OR that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment: These claims are fraudulent, as transactions are between users only. However, everyone needs to be aware and distinguish valid and scam posts in Craigslist. Watch for deals where the seller asks for money upfront to secure the item. Since Craigslist is an open platform that doesn't have any kind of verification, people regularly use it to rip others off. Both buyers and sellers can get caught up in Craigslist car scams. Craigslist PayPal scams are also common, involving phishing sites made to look like PayPal, or scammers sending you someone else's funds and you being left on the hook to repay them.