We used to live in a world where classifieds are only on print or TV. Now, thanks to the Internet, we no longer have to wait for the channel to flash it or even go out and buy your Sunday paper.
Craigslist is one of the most common and oldest online classifieds around. While many enjoy the perks of having to just go online, many fall for scams so bad they’re left without money and the item they’re selling.
So what are the most common craigslist scams you need to be aware of? Below are the top 3.
1. The Fake Check Scam
This is one of the most common scams in the website. Whatever you may be selling, many “buyers” would pose as sincere ones and say that they’ll pay for even a higher price for the item you’re honestly selling.
The natural thing to do is to accept their offer. The next thing you know you ship them the item but the check or money order was fake. Now you’re left with no money and your item sold for well, free.
2. The Middleman Scam
Often times, scammers who pose as guaranteed buyers get a little help from their fellow scamming buddies. The middleman scam would mostly consist of a buyer saying that they’re overseas and they can contact his/her friend for faster transactions.
One actual complaint was the buyer persuaded the seller to send money to a middle man to help pick up the item. After promising the seller that the buyer will pay him/her back once he’s in town, they run off leaving you item-less and a hole in your pocket.
3. The Fake PayPal/AOL emails
Another classic scam many sellers fall for is when they receive emails that pose as PayPal or AOL saying that they’ve wired the money already.
Believing that these are legitimate emails, the buyer then scuffles to send the item right away to a fake buyer who never sent a penny.
One of the disadvantages of Craigslist is that it’s easy and risky. So you need to be very careful when you transact with people you don’t know.