Craigslist dating websites scams
Usually, it will be made out for much more than your item or contract is worth; the person may say that this is a show of trust in you, and that they expect you to wire a money order equal to the difference back to them.
They may even ask for your personal information so that they know who to make the check out to.
Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can avoid most scammers and only deal with people who are looking to buy or sell fairly.
Below are some common types of scams on Craigslist, along with how they work and/or why they’re likely scams.
The following are some brief tips on how to not get caught in scams on Craigslist.
We have more thorough explanations of these tips in our Is Craigslist Safe article.
HOW IT WORKS: A person looking to sell or rent you an expensive item asks you to wire a money order to them in order to pay for it.
They may claim that they are “travelling” or “relocating” and thus cannot meet with you in person or over the phone to discuss or complete the transaction.
They will usually send you a fake (but official-looking) email from Craigslist or their alleged third party to this effect.
In addition, many third-party online “escrow” services that process payments and hold on to money for people making transactions are run by scammers.
HOW IT WORKS: A person looking to buy/rent an item from you or hire your services sends you an email or text message with an advance cashier’s check or money order.
In addition, these setups often pressure you to make unverified money order payments.
So, you’re basically just giving your money away to strangers.