New Scam. FYI

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by swivel, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    May 13, 2018
    There's a new scam if you sell on Craig's list at all. Happened 3 times to me so far.
    You post an item for sale. You get a text saying they want it, but need to verify that "you are real" to avoid scammers. This usually occurs within an hour of posting which is a bit of a giveaway in the first place. They ask you to answer back and provide a link for you to do so through. I haven't answered any of them , but just tell them to "go away" then block them on my phone.
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    happened to me a few months back . Text message saying they want the item and will give you full price . I have a " guy " in the area tomorrow who can meet you for a pick up . it was the one and only time I used Craigs List
  3. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    I just don't do craigslist at all. The closest I come to craigslist are random youtube videos about all the bad things about it.
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  4. Aaron1061

    Aaron1061 Gretschie

    May 23, 2016
    its pretty easy to use CL and avoid issues and scams as long as you use your head and have some common sense.
  5. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I used to use it a lot for "free" advertising of consignments at the shop. The thing about the scammers is more the frustration and waste of time dealing w/ them than any worry that I'm going to fall for one of them... It was sort of a blessing in disguise when they started charging commercial sellers per ad and pushed me away from them.
  6. radd

    radd Synchromatic

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Craig’s list for sales I do fairly often. I don’t like it but I do it. I have sold, bicycles, guitars, cars, motorcycles and tools on Craigslist. A simple note by you in your ad requiring a valid phone number in their reply to your ad or you won’t respond weeds out the scammers. Another screening method is making sure the response to your ad identifies the item you are selling and actual questions are asked regarding your item indicating your ad has been read.

    I find the problem is not the scammers, using the methods I noted works for that, the problem is the number of flakes you deal with often times resulting in no shows. I’ve become pretty good at sorting out the idiots early and finding a legitimate buyer.

    I successfully sold two guitars in the last couple of months on Craigslist.
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  7. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Gretschie

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I do the same thing: require a valid phone number. I don’t reply until I get it. Replying thru CL gives them your email. I also state that I will not reply to responses that ask if the item is still available.
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  8. 19MGB76

    19MGB76 Gretschie

    Jul 31, 2018
    I buy and sell on CL too.

    If a seller requires a phone number I never even make contact. I already get too many robocalls and don't want to take a chance on getting hit even harder.

    If they ask for financing it ends there.

    I use actual conversation to weed out the cranks. If they prove to have a functioning brain and a reasonable grasp of the language things seem to go well.

    I've done many transactions and never had a bad one. I even bought a Gretsch there!
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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    There have been far too many scams and outright robberies for me to truly trust CL. If you go that route, make sure to meet up in a safe location. Police around here recommend the parking lot at the police station. Don't go alone.
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  10. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Clever! Haven’t seen that one yet. I use Craigslist often though so I’ll keep an eye out! Thanks for putting this one in the open
  11. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Gretschie

    May 11, 2016
    The Seattle police have stated that CL'ers can use their lobbies to conduct transactions.
  12. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Yea, it's that personal connection you need. I usually make sure we communicate on the phone before meeting. You can tell a lot about a person over the phone. IE, scammers don't want to talk or if they do, they act really weird.
  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    More than a couple of people have been murdered here over a cell phone sale.
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  14. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Just got a real sketchy reply on the camper I was excited to go check out from Craigslist. That bait just doesn't smell right so I'll try to keep myself alive on this side of the tracks...pass.
  15. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    I've sold a lot on Craig's List. Yes there are scammers and idiots but you just have to weed through them and you will find a buyer or seller.
    I've gotten some good deals there. I've sold cars, guitars, amps, pedals, mixers and other things there. Just keep an eye open and you'll be okay.
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  16. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Gretschie

    Feb 25, 2019
    I've never sold on CL and probably never will but I've never had any troubles buying things. I met "my guitar guy" through CL and couldn't be happier.

    If naughty language doesn't bother you, here's a guy who allegedly messes with people on CL for laughs. I have to admit I find it hilarious. Wrong, but hilarious. Some of his posts are better than others. It hasn't been updated in a long time (shrug)
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