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Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Urbish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:34 am

I have been seeing more and more of these fake/scam craigslist ads recently. They usually advertise pickup trucks, compact utility tractors, atv's, campers, and similar things at really low prices. All of them are written the same way, with extra words in the title, only one photo, and a request to either text them (with the number superimposed on the photo) or to contact them at a gmail address that almost always has a number in the middle of it.

If you see an ad like this that you are unsure of, there are a couple of simple steps you can take to verify whether or not it is legitimate:
  • Copy the email address or a section of text from the add and go to http://www.onecraigs.com and paste the text into the search box. If that same item is posted in numerous states, it's more than likely a scam
  • As always, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby tst » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:53 am

The g mail address in the ad is always a scam, just flag this morons, click on the "prohibited" on top of the ad and it gets them deleted

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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Urbish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:16 am

tst wrote:The g mail address in the ad is always a scam, just flag this morons, click on the "prohibited" on top of the ad and it gets them deleted


Not always. I use gmail. But I never post my email address in the ad. I use the craigslist reply instead so I don't get as many spammers. I have seen legitimate postings with a gmail address listed though.

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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Shane Nelson » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:31 am

I have sold a lot of stuff on craigslist and you get an average of 5-10 scammers to one person who is serious. I never buy anything there, lol.

I love the "I'm at work and can't text so email me @hoochiedonkey@gmail.com text from an area code far from me and 5 minutes later you get the same text with same email from a different phone number with different area code. I always respond "if your at work and can't text why did you send me a text?".

I love the "is item still available?" text, I always respond "let me ask my mom" and I hardly ever hear back from them.
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Urbish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:20 am

Chipmaker wrote:I love the "is item still available?" text, I always respond "let me ask my mom" and I hardly ever hear back from them.
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Urbish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:21 am

I flagged a bunch of these for removal this morning and they popped back up as new listings within minutes. Nothing like a good game of 'whack-a-mole' to start the week off right.

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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:23 pm

I visit a couple other tractor sites, and there are a lot of postings there about pictures being hijacked and used in scam ads. One of the guys recognized the tractor he was selling as being pictured in one of the scam.
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Lt.Mike » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:02 am

I've bought / sold a bunch of stuff off CL.
The scam I've seen is offering a bank check for the item mailed to me and to pick up the item later. I haven't followed through but as I understand it the checks a forgery , somehow they overpay so you give cash back and if you deposit it your charged for presenting the forgery.
I post " scammers I'm onto your games, no checks accepted. This is a cash only, shake my hand, look me in the eye transaction. Don't even try! "
Since I've been adding this the BS has dropped off dramatically.
I'm a retired LEO and licensed to carry. When I make a purchase I sometimes do carry when it feels scetchy, as you just don't know what your walking into on some of these deals.
Sometimes no matter how good the deal I just fold my cards and don't follow up.

Looking at the ads you've posted I'd think the super low prices are a red flag.
When you think about it it's really quite alarming just how much of this is out there.
I constantly get scam phone calls from the IRS saying they'll lock me up if I don't send money (Indian accent and don't know my name),my computers micro soft account is being hacked though they again don't know my name or IP address. And we've all had the email that a prince in east bum- **** has left us an inheritance so email our account info so they can make a deposit (withdrawal).
Most of this crap targets seniors and my own Dad fell prey to it.
Solicitors though ligit, take the lions share of anything pledged to a charity.
Again they target seniors and like fed cats, if you do donate they become relentless.
It's constant and there's just so much of it.
It's a discouraging sign of the times.
I came home one day to find my daughter very upset and afraid to start her computer because some bastard on the phone ran that Microsoft scam on her making her think she had that malicious virus.
Thank God she didn't give them any info and waited for me before she did anything. She got her first education on how dishonest someone could be.
I don't know what to think about what our world has become.
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Lt.Mike » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:09 am

Urbish wrote:I flagged a bunch of these for removal this morning and they popped back up as new listings within minutes. Nothing like a good game of 'whack-a-mole' to start the week off right.


Ok, that made me laugh! :D
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Lt.Mike » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:22 am

I'll also add that back in 2012 I had a truck up on CL.
I had 2 shady looking characters come and check it out. 2 days later my back door busted in and my house was burglarized.
In true after the fact fashion I now have an alarm service watching the house.
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Re: Fake/Scam Craigslist Ads

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:50 am

Lt.Mike wrote:I don't know what to think about what our world has become.

Those people have always been around. Back in the old days they would show up in town with a wagon load of patent medicine.


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