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Online shopping lovers beware: Craigslist is not always a bastion of wondrous deals and titanic savings.
Internet con-artists have found a way to make a quick buck almost everywhere you might exchange information online, and Craigslist is no exception.
Lying, cheating, and downright theft occurs on the site with surprising regularity.
It is our hope that the harrowing stories and cautionary warnings told below will help you to be more discerning and careful in your travels on Craigslist and the rest of the Internet.
(source) In March of 2008, reported on a Craigslist hoax that cost one man almost everything he owned.
In Jacksonville, Oregon, scammers posted prank ads on the website claiming that the person who lived at Robert Salisbury’s residence had to leave town suddenly, and that everything in his house was free for the taking.
“I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said.“They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.” As he arrived home, Salisbury was greeted by 30 people ransacking his home, barn and garage, taking everything and anything they wanted.Eventually the police arrived on scene to break up the party, but by then too many people had already made their getaway.(source) Washington newspaper recently reported on a serious real estate scam going around Craigslist that could cost unsuspecting shoppers thousands of dollars.Creative scammers, usually located overseas in remote areas that U. law cannot affect, find ads elsewhere on the Internet for properties for sale by real estate agencies.