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By Odesi Desko

One of the most popular Internet venues of the past few years has been Craigslist. On this Internet site things can be listed for sale, job opportunities can be listed, things one desires can be found, and many other things are listed. Unfortunately, Craigslist has become a wide field for fraudulent practices.

One scheme that is often seen involves listing a car for an amazingly low price. The listing may tell the story of how the vehicle is owned by someone in the armed forces and is being shipped home. And how desperately money is needed before its arrival. The unsuspecting buyer sends the cash, only to be left in the lurch. No car ever arrives.

Another scam recently shut down was a man attempting to rent out a house he did even own, luckily he was arrested. However, he was able to collect thousands of dollars before he was apprehended. But for the people who had already fallen victim to his scam, the money is gone forever. A little bit of background work and checking would have helped those prospective renters to avoid this scam and save their money.

Another common scam involves fake job postings. That’s why it is always wise to approach “work from home” ads with caution. Many times, after paying an upfront fee, the job seeker will find little if any real work. If you ever get a phone number, its easy to use a telephone look-up directory such as to make sure the person is not be impersonating someone else.

Anytime you are considering making a purchase on Craigslist or applying for a job, it’s important to do some research and be cautious. Before sending money you should always require a personal review of the item or some type of guarantee on it. Personal ads should especially be treated with extreme caution as there are people out there looking to take advantage of lonely souls trying to make a connection.

Its a sad fact that many people never receive items they sent payment for. They end up losing their money, with no way of getting it back. The best way to avoid a scam is to pick up your items yourself. Doing this allows you to check the item out before any money is exchanged.

Providing free listings for goods and services, Craigslist can be a great resource for many people. Unfortunately, it has also become a breeding ground for fraudulent dealings. By taking some simple precautions, you can avoid being duped or cheated out of your hard earned money.

Anytime there is a request to have money wired to a distant location, or a money order or cashiers check is being requested, those are red flags and you may not want to deal with those sellers. Ideally, all Craigslist purchases should be done locally where a physical meeting can be arranged for every one’s safety and convenience. You should also take care that you never give out your personal information and remember that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Desko, Odesi "Online Classified." Online Classified. 22 Aug. 2010. 4 Apr 2015 <>.

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Desko, O (2010, August 22). Online Classified. Retrieved April 4, 2015, from

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