Avoid Getting Scammed on Craigslist

computer1 150x150 Avoid Getting Scammed on CraigslistBefore 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.

To read the full article, visit http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/131565298.html

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I am currently the Marketing Communications Intern for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, VA. Originally from Seattle, I am currently a student in Washington, D.C. studying International Affairs. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering around the city, exploring the East Coast and keeping up with politics.