Tips on how to avoid Scams in Craigslist

On March 7, 2014, in Blog, by sieditor

Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its new methods of classified ads in the market. Whether you’re selling, buying, searching for a job, apartment to rent on, or posting an event, fraudulent scheme will always be thinking up new system to defraud you. With just a few simple clicks and an email address, anyone can post looking for and sale an items. On a recent report from the 2012 JP Morgan Online Fraud report that about $3.4 billion in online earnings were lost due to fraud. Yahoo Voices takes us to 10 Tips to Avoid Scams on Craigslist.

Most of us are aware of the ever-growing Web site called Craigslist. People can post job openings, search for jobs, search for and sell vehicles, sell and purchase most any types of items, place personal ads and even barter old stuff for new stuff. There are, however, some things you have to be weary of when conducting business or applying for jobs through this site. Recently, I have applied for several jobs and sold a car via Craigslist and have become aware of several scams out there. Because Craigslist is free to post and free to surf, it is an excellent location for scammers to conduct their own business.

As with anything done online, it is very important we limit our information given out to people we do not know. There are other scams out there we may not be fully aware of. Below are 10 tips to avoiding scams on Craigslist and can be applied to other websites as well.


1.) Do not click on Web addresses within e-mail.

While applying for some positions I have seen online, I have received replies from people containing web links. The emails requested I use the link to fill out their online application. At first, I tried a couple of these, but everyone requested I sign up for an account, and there was never really any questions related at all to my job qualifications. They wanted personal information, name, age, sex, etc. None asked for my social security number, however, I did have one asking for my driver’s license number and state issue, which I didn’t give and it would not allow me to continue the “application process” until this information was given. Ultimately, I never received anything further about jobs from these sites, other than a full spam box. It is very important you keep your information to yourself. REAL jobs will request an interview and ask for your personal information upon hire for the position or it will be discussed in the email.

Work-at-home positions will be the same way. They want you to sign up for their website and get pennies for viewing email. These CAN work; however, it takes months of constant attention to these e-mails before you benefit a few dollars from your efforts. And some of them even require a minimum account balance before they will pay you, which take a very long time to achieve. If you really want to give these a try, be sure you read all the small print and all the user agreement information before committing to anything. My opinion, don’t waist your time!

Worst case scenario, your email will be phished. Once you click on the link, you are taken to a site, usually some bogus site. After clicking on one of these, my email would not work correctly at all. It was like it was being registered as being spam and would not allow me to send out any emails. I was able to receive emails, but was not able to send them out. The email address I was using was one set up specifically for sending and receiving job information, thus my address book contained information and addresses for potential jobs and previous jobs. They began receiving emails from me I did not send, for drugs and other spam emails. Result: I had to completely cancel my email address.

If you must click on these links, be sure to right click on your mouse and then open in a new window, it may reduce the chance your email address gets phished.


2.) Don’t post your resume on Craigslist.

We all want to get the most exposure when we are searching for a job, especially when it is important to find a new job quickly. None-the-less, resist the urge to post your resume directly to the website. Because Craigslist is free to everyone, anyone can steal your information. Apply to jobs directly, individually, even though it is time consuming and frustrating at times.


3.) Don’t use your e-mail within a Craigslist posting.

Spammers use these sites to create mailing lists and then flood your email with tons of crap you don’t want, a mistake I personally discovered. Some of the emails will even have the title of your posting, attempting to get your attention in order to scam you out of money. Craigslist can give you an anonymous email address and send your email a notice whenever you receive a response to your post, keeping your personal email personal.


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