Craigslist is one of the most unexpected successes in the history of the internet. It started in as a simple way for founder Craig Newmark to let friends know what was going on in San Francisco, and now has more than local sites in 70 countries and receives over 50 billion views a month. Craigslist has classified listings for just about anything you can think of from cars, furniture and other items for sale to jobs postings, real estate for sale or rent, and personals. You find fantastic deals if you know what to search for. How do you know what posts are real and which ones are scams? A listener recently Marchwood homes for sale Kim this question on her national radio show.
Classified scams trick online shoppers on classified websites into thinking they are dealing with a legitimate contact but it is actually a scammer.
How this scam works Warning s Protect yourself Have you been scammed? More information. Scammers will pose as genuine Craigslist com duluth and post fake on classifieds websites, in print classifieds, and may approach you through or on social media platforms.
The ad can be for anything, such as rental properties or accommodation, pets, used cars, boats, bikes, caravans and horses. In order to lure a of victims in a hurry, the scammer advertises the item at a low price, often much lower than comparable items advertised on the same site.
When you show interest in the item, the scammer may claim that they are travelling or have moved overseas and that an agent will deliver the goods following receipt of payment. In the case of rental properties, the scammer will pose as a Evening standard dating london owner or landlord and post a fake copy of a genuine rental property ad.
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When you show interest, the scammer will make excuses as to why you cannot inspect the property, Sexual Lenoir City girls claiming that they are currently overseas.
If you are still interested, they will ask for bond, rent payments or deposits in advance.
You will never receive the keys to the property and the scammer will disappear with your money. If you are advertising your items for sale through print and online classifieds, beware of scammers posing as genuine buyers.
Scammers may make up stories such as needing your help to pay an agent or third party for upfront costs like transportation or insurance. They may promise you reimbursement for these costs. Alternatively the scammer may send a cheque for more money than the agreed sale price.
The scammer will invent an excuse for the overpayment, such as to cover the fees of an agent or extra shipping costs, or that it was simply human error. The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount — usually through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer — before you discover that their cheque has bounced. See Overpayment scams for more information. In both cases, you will lose the money you gave the scammer, and if you have already sent the item you were selling, you will lose it as well.
The Adult women wanting live sex requests that you pay through international money transfers, cheques or direct bank transfers.
Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for payment via money order, What is the aclu doing transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin.
It is rare to recover money sent this way. We encourage you to report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam .
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This helps us to warn people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible. Please include details of the scam contact you received, for example, or screenshot.
We also provide guidance on protecting yourself from scams and where to get help. Online shopping scams involve scammers pretending to be legitimate online sellers, either with a fake website Medicines containing codeine a fake ad on a genuine retailer site.
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Classified scams. Overpayment scams. Online shopping scams.
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