The fact that this is a scam may seem obvious but there are lots of variations on this theme that fool people every day.Don’t add your name to the growing list of Craigslist fraud victims.Both can expect to make or save more than if they had gone to a dealership.
Craigslist is a great resource for selling things, finding apartments, locating services and meeting people.Most of the time transactions go smoothly and both seller and buyer are satisfied with the Craigslist experience.Once you know the common themes these criminals use you can usually spot them a mile away and they become little more than a subject of amusement.To help keep yourself safe from scams, Craigslist advises that any business dealings be done with people in your own local area. As with any online financial transactions, prudence and common sense are paramount. Especially since Craigslist is known as the place to go for good deals.Try posting that you have a piece of jewelry or some other easily-mailed valuable item for sale and the first response you get will probably be someone trying scam you.
Emails from Nigeria offering you more than your selling price if you accept their check or money order are typical.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the inquiry is coming from abroad but it’s certainly a red flag.
If you happen to see something on Craigslist that looks scammy, you should send an email to “[email protected]” and give them as much detail as you can about the listing.
I once received an offer for a purchase where the person said they lived in California but requested that I email the item to somewhere in Oregon. Beware of anyone offering more than what you asked for. Other clues include poor grammar and misspelled words.
In the offer I mentioned earlier both Oregon and California were misspelled and English was obviously not their native language.
Just make sure that you haven’t ended up at some other common misspelling of the Craigslist domain.