Before buying or selling items on Craigslist, make sure to read the website’s tips to protect yourself, reports KOMO News.
Craigslist has become a scammer’s paradise, with 20 billion page views a month, and 50 million U.S. users. Scams range from employment, car buying, ticket sales, etc.
To combat these scams, Craigslist provides the following tips:
• Deal locally with folks you can meet in person. Follow this one rule and avoid 99 percent of scam attempts on Craigslist.
• Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram or any other wire service. Anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
• Fake cashier checks and money orders are common, and banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.
• Craigslist is not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
• Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
• Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services and know that only a scammer will “guarantee” your transaction.
• Do not rent housing without seeing the interior, or purchase expensive items sight-unseen. In all likelihood, that housing unit is not actually for rent, and that cheap item does not exist.
• *Do not submit to credit checks or background checks for a job or for housing until you have met the interviewer or landlord/agent in person.
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