How To Tell A Craigs List Scammer A Mile Away

The listing will only have 1 photo and the photo will look more like a stock photo than a real seller photo. The photo will not look like the local area, i.e. mountains in Florida, or palm trees in Arkansas etc. There is only 1 photo because they are usually using mass posting software and can’t, or are to lazy to add more photos like a person that really wanted to sell something would. They have text me or contact me outside the Craig’s list system. They have text me, call me or email me superimposed on the image. (They are harvesting so they can work their mark) They use a gmail email address and the gmail address is almost always a female. Men are suckers for women with a sad story. The price is just about too good to be true and it looks great because who cares if it is an 82 Chevy truck; looks like new. If you see a lot of the same ads in different markets they are scamming and if you click on the reply button the area code will most probably not be the area code of the city it is posted in. It will have misspelled words, terrible grammar and strange stupid symbols in the title. (They are not from around here, and may be operating out of a tin shed in Bangladesh.) The ads will always be for trucks, Mercedes, BMWs, RV’s, Jet Skis, motorcycles, I phones, and cool boats. Basically, American boy toys are for younger, suckers with money. They will have only 1 or 2 lines of copy about the item, and will be stock lines like only driven to church on Sundays by my Grandmother. The same scam has been used for a hundred years, and only dressed up for the latest generation of suckers. Some will purposely misspell, use bad grammar and write the adv so it looks like a dumb ass wrote it. Why, because the best way to hook a victim is to make them think they can take advantage or screw the seller. If you stop and take a few seconds to look they will stick out like a sore thumb. Flag them and go on.


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