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Craigslist Complaint - Scam E-mails and Fake checks

Review by popatop32 on 2010-06-22
SAN FRANCISCO,, CALIFORNIA -- I hav posted some Civil War Antiques on the Creagalist post I have gotting 6-7 fake checks and scam E-mails from there Web sight the checks all are $22,200.00 all I want is my $1500.00 that is all from Creagslist
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-06-22
Posted by FlShopper on 2010-06-22:
I've posted items on craigslist and always get the scam/spam replies. Not much you can do about them except to delete them.
As for the $1500, there has to be someone willing to actually buy your items for you to get your $1500. Just because you listed it doesn't mean it will sell.
Posted by shayen on 2010-06-22:
State in your craigslist posting that its a CASH ONLY sale (no exceptions) and that it must be picked up in person (no exceptions). If someone emails with the usual scam line about how they are in another country and want you to ship it, delete. When they want to send you a check, delete. If they want to send more then the purchase price and want you to wire them the differene, tell them to p*ss off and delete.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-06-22:
Often times, these scammers come from overseas, not from the immediate area. Several years ago, I posted an old, but working, TV set on eBay (it was a 12" black and white Zenith with Bicentennial graphics on the cabinet). I got an e-mail from Singapore who offered to pay me much more than my $30 "buy it now" price, with a cashier's check, but only if I wired the excess money back to Singapore. I e-mailed him back, explaining that I do not end my auctions early, that the TV is used and will only work in North America, and that you don't have to overpay me; just the amount will do. He sent me a nasty e-mail back because he suspected (correctly) that I knew he was going to try to scam me. If I did fall for his offer, I would have been left holding the bag. The guy from Singapore also thought I had numerous TV's for sale. Eventually I got no bids on the TV, and posted it a second time, again with no bids. Several other eBayers were selling similar TV's, some for less than my Buy It Now price. Again no bids. I ended up donating the TV to Goodwill. Craigslist is known to attract scammers, even moreso than eBay.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-22:
So the OP thinks that if you post something on Craigslist, the company buys it?

The people who run Craigslist have as little to do with the people who buy your items as the newspaper publisher does when you try to sell something in the print classifieds.

This is another prime example of "if you don't know how it works, don't use it."
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-06-22:
You take on the risk of selling something on craigslist. That risk is the risk of scams and having a stranger come to your home to pick something up. If you don't agree to the risks then don't sell on there.

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