Craigslist – Scambook Blog (2024)

How to Buy a Car on Craigslist Without Getting Scammed


Article, Consumer, Craigslist

Originally posted by Jason Lancaster on The Huffington Post1. Assume that the person selling the car is a con artist (unless it’s a licensed dealer).The vast majority of vehicle fraud is committed b...

How to Protect Yourself From Scams and Identity Theft in the New Year

Miranda Perry

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How To Spot a Fake Apple iPhone 5: Warning Signs to Watch Out For Before You Buy

Miranda Perry

Article, Craigslist, Featured, Listing Fraud, Mobile Services, Technology, Video

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How to Avoid Fake Jobs on Craigslist, LinkedIn, and Careerbuilder

Miranda Perry

Article, Craigslist, Featured, General Consumer, Lifestyle, Listing Fraud, Video, Work at Home Programs

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How to Sell on Craigslist and Not Get Scammed: 4 Great Tips You Need to Know

Stan Park

Consumer, Craigslist, Featured, General Consumer, Listing Fraud, Video

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Craigslist and PayPal: Some Businesses Aren’t the Bad Guys

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Article, Consumer, Craigslist, General Consumer, Listing Fraud


Trying to figure out how to get rid of that recliner from the 90s? Post it on Craigslist. It's almost a guarantee that you will find someone out there who has a need for your junk. From an old motorcycle to ...

FTC Consumer Alert: Auto Loan Scammers

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Article, Craigslist, Listing Fraud, Scam Alerts

Can't make your monthly car payments? Auto loan scammers are on the rise, and they are scheming to bait you into falling for their 'too good to be true' ads like "No credit, no income...we'll finance you!"...

California Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Illegal Prescription Drug Sales on Craigslist

Sean Boulger

Article, Consumer, Craigslist, General Consumer

Do you ever shop for discounts on Craigslist? The popular website and bartering marketplace is a great place to find furniture, jobs and more. One of the things that it's absolutelynot supposed to be great for...

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

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Article, Craigslist, Lifestyle, Listing Fraud, Work at Home Programs


As you may have read in some of our recent blog entries, you should call around and do your research to make sure whoever is asking you for money really is who he or she says she is.In the legal profession, t...

Dog For Sale Scam

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Article, Consumer, Craigslist, General Consumer, Listing Fraud


You’ve seen them skateboard.You’ve seen them in your neighborhood.You’ve gotta have one.An English bulldog, of course!Although you have never had a dog before, you think this is the perfect one.So you...

Buying a Car from Ebay?

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Article, Consumer, Craigslist, General Consumer, Listing Fraud


You want to buy a car and you’re tired of the typical runaround at a used car dealership.You hate the process of finding a car, haggling on the price, “checking in with the manager,” meeting the finance guy, ...

Mystery Shopper Scam

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Article, Craigslist, General Consumer, Listing Fraud, Scam Alerts, Work at Home Programs


You’re recently unemployed, searching job boards and posting countless resumes.Suddenly you receive an e-mail that you can’t pass up: get paid to go shopping.You e-mail them back trying to withhold your ent...

Scambook on Fox News: “Online Platform Obtaining Justice for Consumers”

Miranda Perry

Announcements, Article, Craigslist, Listing Fraud

Back in February, Fox News invited Scambook's director of marketing, Kase Chong, to share some helpful advice for consumers who may be buying or selling on Craigslist. Watch the clip online here. As Kase points...

Don’t Get Scammed on Craigslist: 3 New Anti-Fraud Safety Tips

Miranda Perry

Article, Consumer, Craigslist, Featured, General Consumer, Listing Fraud, Video

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Super Bowl Ticket Scam Has Unlikely Happy Ending PLUS 7 Tips to Avoid Counterfeits

Miranda Perry

Article, Craigslist, Culture, General Consumer, Listing Fraud

Are you looking to buy last-minute Super Bowl tickets? Be careful. You're not the only one with football fever. Scammers are capitalizing on Super Bowl hype to sell counterfeit tickets and rip off both Ravens a...

10 Tips to Avoid Being Scammed on Craigslist

Miranda Perry

Article, Consumer, Craigslist, General Consumer, Listing Fraud


Craigslist can be a very dangerous place. Whether you're buying, selling, looking for a new job, hunting for an apartment to rent, or just giving away an old book shelf, scammers will always be thinking up new ...

Craigslist – Scambook Blog (2024)


What can a Craigslist scammer do with my email? ›

What Can Scammers Do With Your Email Address?
  • Target you with sophisticated phishing emails.
  • Find more sensitive information about you — including where you live.
  • Attempt to hack into your social media or other online accounts.
  • Impersonate you and scam your friends and family.

Why is Craigslist so sketchy? ›

Craigslist is a legitimate website, and most Craigslist posts are legitimate and trustworthy as well. However, just like any other online platform, it can be used by scammers. Some people may post fraudulent listings only pretending to sell goods or services, so take precautions to ensure your safety.

What is a Craigslist secret code? ›

Craigslist verification code scams

Craigslist text scams can start with the other party saying they want to confirm you aren't a scammer. Don't give out any codes sent to your phone, especially if it says it's for verifying your identity. The code is for a Google Voice account the scammer set up using your number.

Should you list your phone number on Craigslist? ›

Avoid adding any personal information in the posting, including your name, real phone number or real email address. Always use the generated email address on your Craigslist posts.

Should I worry if a scammer has my email address? ›

In 2023 alone, 45.6% of all email traffic was marked as spam [*]. But spam and scam emails are more than just annoyances. If scammers have your email address, it can potentially put you at risk of hacking, fraud, and even identity theft. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) estimates that [*]:

How do you tell if someone is scamming you on Craigslist? ›

Scammers often use fake sites to lure buyers into paying for items that don't exist. Always check the URL before finalizing a purchase. Craigslist does not back any transaction on its site. If you receive an email or text trying to sell you purchase protection, you're looking at a scam.

Do Craigslist sellers see my email? ›

To protect buyer and seller privacy, Craigslist keeps email addresses hidden. However, even with this security system, you might want to take additional precautions when responding to emails from Craigslist.

Should you give your email address on Craigslist? ›

Craigslist automatically hides your email address from listings with an email relay system. But once you start communicating to messages in your Craigslist inbox, it will use the name in your own email address. As well, it's not difficult for a scammer to get your email address using a Craigslist email address decoder.

Is it safe to give an address on Craigslist? ›

FWIW your address is not a secret, unless you've gone through extraordinary means to protect it. You shouldn't worry about giving it out being a threat to your personal security. OTOH the "I'll send you a check" thing is a common scam on Craigslist, but you've been well warned about that already.

How to verify a Craigslist buyer? ›

  1. Talk to the person on the phone, if possible, about the deal. If you have to email them first to make the initial contact, ask them for their phone number so you can talk more about the item. ...
  2. Meet the person you're doing business with in a public place, such as a coffee shop. ...
  3. Complete your transaction in cash.

Why do people spell out phone numbers on Craigslist? ›

Perhaps 50% of people who say they are coming out do so. To avoid having their phone number collected and spammed with ads. Some companies make their money by collecting phone #'s and email addresses … using automated software that scans web sites for that kind of info.

How to spot a rental scammer on Craigslist? ›

What are the most common signs of a rental scam? Rental scams often have listings with prices that seem too good to be true. They might pressure you to make quick decisions, ask for rent or deposit without a signed lease, or avoid meeting in person.

Should you give out your VIN number on Craigslist? ›

Craigslist has a spot to routinely list the VIN on ads for this reason. Repeat used car buyers look askance at sellers who won't provide the VIN. There really is nothing a buyer can do with the VIN to cause the seller harm.

How do I protect my phone number on Craigslist? ›

When you call the buyer, use caller ID blocking by appending *67 before dialing the number.

Are there bots on Craigslist? ›

One of the first things that scammers try to do is route out the most gullible. One way they accomplish this is by creating a massive amount of fake, low quality ads. Frequently the ads are created by bots, or programs that live on the internet and perform tasks that their makers assign.

What happens if a hacker gets your email address? ›

They can use your email to reset other account passwords, gain access to credit information or, even, delete accounts. They can use the information they uncover to steal money or obtain personal data, which they can sell on the dark web.

Do Craigslist buyers see my email? ›

Unfortunately, no such protection exists for those replying to posts. When you reply directly from Craigslist, your email address will be visible to the recipient.

What to do if a scammer has your address? ›

If you suspect you have been a victim of a porting-out scam, take immediate action:
  1. Contact your phone company.
  2. Contact your bank and other financial institutions.
  3. File a police report.
  4. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and get copies of your report.
Nov 17, 2023

How do I stop someone from using my email address? ›

What to do if a scammer has access to your email
  1. Ignore them if they reach out to you. One of the worst ways to react to a scammer is by engaging them in their scam. ...
  2. Change your email password and security questions. ...
  3. Scan your device for malware. ...
  4. Report the scammer to ...
  5. Create a new email address.
Apr 21, 2023

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