Craigslist is a popular website where people post items for sale. It’s also a place where scammers can take advantage of unsuspecting sellers. Here are some scams to watch out for when selling or buying something on Craigslist:
1. The “I Need Money Now” Scam
The most common scam on Craigslist involves the person posting an item and asking for money in exchange for it. They may ask for $50, $100 or even more than they paid for the item. If you agree to pay them, they will send you pictures of the item and never deliver the product.
2. The “Fake Police Officer” Scam
This scam works like this: A person posts an ad about needing someone to help him move his furniture. He says he needs help because he was robbed at gunpoint by two men who stole all of his belongings. He asks if anyone would be willing to help him move his stuff.
3. The “Help Me Move My Furniture” Scam
This scam works just like the fake police officer scam, except instead of saying he was robbed, the seller says he has been having problems with his landlord and wants to get rid of his stuff before he gets evicted.
4. The “Free Car” Scam
A seller posts an ad offering free cars for sale. The buyer pays for the vehicle but never receives it. Instead, the seller sends the buyer pictures of other cars and tells him which one he should buy.
5. The “Make Money Online” Scam
Sellers use Craigslist to sell electronics, jewellery, clothing, etc. These sellers often promise high profits and fast delivery. But buyers don’t know that these sellers aren’t making any money from their sales. Many of them lose money. So, why do they offer such low prices? Some say it’s so they can charge higher shipping fees. Others claim it’s simply because they have no inventory and must make up for lost revenue. Either way, buyers end up paying more than they should.
6. The “Pawn Your Items” Scam
Sellers advertise items for sale on Craigslist and then require the buyer to come to their house to pick up the item. Once there, they tell the buyer they want to pawn the item for cash. This is a scam because the seller doesn’t own the item and cannot legally give it away. Plus, the buyer ends up paying extra fees to the seller.
7. The “Buy & Receive Free Stuff” Scam
People post ads on Craigslist looking for free stuff. For example, they might post an ad offering a free TV, DVD player, computer, etc. Then, when the buyer visits the seller’s home, the seller shows off the item and offers to throw in another free thing as well.
8. The “Get Paid to Shop” Scam
People post ads on Craigslist advertising that they work part-time and are looking for customers to shop for them. When potential buyers contact the seller, they are asked to pay a fee to join the business. After entering, the buyer is sent to stores where they must spend money to earn back their investment.
9. The “Get Cash Back” Scam
Some sellers use Craigslist to promote businesses that pay people to go shopping. Sellers create websites and print fliers to entice people to sign up. Then, once people join, they are sent to stores where they are expected to purchase items and return later to receive payment.
10. The “Advertise a Classified Business” Scam
Some sellers use Craigslist to market themselves as tutors, real estate agents, or babysitters. They may also use the site to find clients. However, most of these listings are scams. If you see something suspicious, please report it to us via email at
11. The “Babysitting” Scam
Craigslist users sometimes use the site to hire babysitters. However, some of these babysitter jobs are scams. For example, some babysitters are paid by the hour while others are paid per job. Other babysitters ask for large sums of money before even meeting with parents.
12. The “Hire Me” Scam
A common scam involves someone posting an ad on Craigslist offering his services for a small fee. He asks for a down payment first; however, if the buyer does not send him the money, he will not perform the service.
13. The “Make Money Online” Scam
Another popular scam involves people who claim to be able to help you make money online. They usually ask for your personal information before telling you how much it will cost. They often try to get you to invest in programs they run.
14. The ‘Work From Home’ Scam
These scammers use fake job titles to lure victims into working from home. They may pose as telemarketers, recruiters, customer service representatives, or employers.
15. The ‘Earn $200-$300 Per Day’ Scam:
This one is pretty simple. Someone posts an ad on Craigslist promising to double your money within a week. Of course, this isn’t possible. But, many people fall victim to this scam anyway.
16. The ‘1 Million Dollar Investment’ Scam :
It’s like the “get rich quick” scheme. Someone posts an ad on Craigslist claiming to have found a way to make millions of dollars. To invest, you need to give away thousands of dollars.
17. The ‘Free Gift’ Scam.
Someone posts an ad on Craigslist offering a gift for free. Once you reply to the ad, the person tells you you can only get the advantage by paying a certain amount.
18. The ‘Quick Loan’ Scam.
There are companies out there that offer loans to people without any collateral. These types of loan scams are often advertised through Craigslist.
19. The ‘Fake Job Offer’ Scam,
Someone posts an ad claiming that he has a great job opportunity. He then asks for your personal information such as an address, phone number, etc. In exchange for giving them this information, they will tell you what company you should apply to. This is a scam!
20. The ‘Get Rich Quick Scheme
Many people post ads on Craigslist looking to get rich quickly. Usually, they promise to teach you how to do so. There are many different ways that they might do this. For example, they could sell you a product that promises.