How To Spot Craigslist Scammers
Learning how to spot a Craigslist scammer is very important for individuals who do a lot of online shopping. Several scammers choose Craigslist to post false items because it is a free website that allows virtually any item to be instantly posted. There are several scam characteristics to look for when considering a purchase from Craigslist.
To spot a Craigslist scammer, you will need:
- Internet access
- Select a product that you are interested in purchasing. Look for delivery directions to determine whether it is delivered for you or you have to pick up. Most items will be either of the two. An item that requires shipment from another state can be an indication of a Craigslist scammer.
- Look over contact information. A lot of people do not list their phone number, address or email address so this may be a little tricky. If a phone number is listed, put it through a search engine. If a number is commonly used by Craigslist scammers, the number will most likely come up on a scam list from a basic search.
- Contact the seller. Ask basic questions and expect basic answers. If you ask a single question and receive a lengthy reply, it may be a scam. Usually, Craigslist scammers use a basic set of information and relay it to several people. Continue to send individual questions in email and gauge the replies you receive.
- Look over the payment options. Avoid sending checks or money orders, and never wire transfer money to anyone for an item. If the seller says they are currently out of the country, inform them that you are willing to wait for the item. If the seller is willing to wait, they are most likely not a Craigslist scammer. Refusal to wait and nagging for a payment are a clear sign that you may be involved with a scammer.