Smart Craigslist user helps cops catch robbers

cragislist robbery arrestHave you ever been in a situation where something just didn’t feel right, and you later discovered that your hunch was accurate? That’s what happened to a Cleveland resident, whose quick thinking helped him avoid becoming a robbery victim and catch some Craigslist criminals at the same time.

Morning Journal reported that the man was about to drive to Lorain, Ohio to meet someone who as selling a car on Craigslist, but decided to do some fact-checking instead…

As he conducted research, he saw that the vehicle was actually at a dealership in Florida, not Lorain. He then believed that the person who posted the picture was planning to rob him if he showed up with the $25,000 in cash to purchase the vehicle. Continue reading

Posted in Advice, News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Teen gets caught in Craigslist stolen vehicle scam

Getting the keys to a new car is a dream for many high-schoolers… so when 17 year old Michigan resident Micah Sabat thought he found a great deal on a car on Craigslist, he wasted no time in snatching it up. Unfortunately, he didn’t do his due diligence and later discovered he had been hoodwinked by a car thief. ABC 7 reports:

“You see, when he met carclone032409bup with the supposed owner of the SUV, Micah closely examined a license, title, and VIN number. But it all turned out to be fake.

“The Secretary of State told me it was fraudulent,” says Sabat.”

Micah’s mom is devastated for her son. They gave the SUV back to police, who are returning it to the original owner. Micah is back to saving and now has just $300. Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Con artist caught selling airline vouchers on Craigslist

The Daily Republic reported last week that a Northern California man was arrested after selling invalid vouchers for Southwest airline tickets at a steep discount. From the article:southwestplane

The scam was simple and at least nine people ignored the adage about something seeming too good to be true. Posted on Craigslist in November 2014 were listings touted $500 flight vouchers for $280. Buyers sent money via Moneygram and got the voucher numbers. But when they tried to book flights, they discovered the voucher numbers had been canceled after Southwest employees learned they had been purchased using stolen credit cards. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How to turn the tables on Craigslist scammers — and have fun doing it

Have you ever thought you found exactly what you were looking for on a classified ad site like Craigslist, only to realize that the seller was really a con artist? Did you have a burning desire to give them a taste of their own medicine? Well, if you have a sense of humor, you might want to follow in the footsteps of Travis Okulski… but do so at your own risk.

Okulski, a writer with the popular auto blog Jalopnik, recently emailed the seller of used Ferrari engine after seeing an ad for the engine on Porsche Panorama. Once he saw warning signs that the ad was fake, he decided to have some fun with the scammer. Here is part of the hilarious exchange: Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

“Training Materials” fool job seekers in Craigslist Scam

Employee training is an expected part of any entry level job. When you’re hired, you often have to read instructional guides, watch orientation videos and fill out worksheets. But if your new employer is asking you to pay for training, you’re probably being taken for a ride.

That’s what happened to several Georgia residents who responded to Craigslist job ads, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. From the article:

“In the most recent scam, an employment opportunity was posted offering jobs in the Valdosta area. When the local citizen responded to the ad, they were instructed to wire money for the purchase of training materials,” said Lt. Stryde Jones. “The citizen was then advised to meet the employer at a specific location. Of course, the employer never showed up, and the citizen has lost their money.” Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Scam Detector: The iPhone App that alerts users to online scams

Scams on Craigslist have become so pervasive that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all. The check overpayment trick, the rental property scam and the Ebay protection scam are only a few of the many techniques that Internet con artists are using to defraud people online. Fortunately, there’s an effective tool you can use to combat criminal activity and protect yourself from becoming the next victim.

Continue reading

Posted in Advice | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Posting a found dog ad on Craigslist? Follow these rules to avoid a scam

The Craigslist lost and found area is a prime target for scam artists to claim property that does not belong to them and sell it for profit. People who make mistakes when they post found dogs online have fueled these criminal enterprises by allowing these pets to go to the wrong homes.

In a recent incident reported by WTKR News, a woman was arrested after authorities discovered that the dog she was trying to sell did not belong to her. From the article: Continue reading

Posted in Advice, News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment