With a recent rash of scams from Craigslist hitting the area, Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is offering tips to ensure your Craigslist shopping experience doesn’t lose you money or turn into a dangerous situation.
The most common scams stemming from Craigslist include fake job advertisements and overpayment for a product. Muggings have also occurred when consumers are meeting potential sellers.
In order to avoid these situations, BBB offers these suggestions:
- Make sure you meet in a safe, secure spot.
- Go with a friend or friends and take a second vehicle if possible.
- Never deal with a person who will not talk to you on the phone.
- Never give out personal information including credit card numbers, social security numbers, or your address to anyone.
- Get as much information from the seller as possible, including a name and phone number. While you cannot always trust if those are real, you can always write down the license plate number of their car when meeting for a transaction.
- If you feel uneasy at any point of the deal, back out. A good deal is not worth your safety.
- Report Craigslist scam to the local police, Craigslist directly at reportcraigslistscams.com, and BBB’s Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.