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 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.
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.
Sophisticated scammers have found ways to replicate tickets to major events that look and feel legit. But these tickets are worthless, and when you buy them, you'll lose out twice.
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.
Another common scam is that your prospective buyer will send you a check (regular check, money order, or a cashier's check) that is for much more than the agreed price.
But for the 99% of ads that are completely legit, you'll find postings designed to con you.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.They'll even give you a set of keys (not that they'll work) and a signed agreement.Never wire funds, always deal with people locally, and beware of anything other than cash. It doesn't hurt to have a counterfeit detector pen on hand (they're less than ) for larger transactions.And be wary of bills bigger than ; you can easily be handed a fake 0 bill, give the buyer the item and change, and be out of pocket twice.