Craigslist scam?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

busybride215:  There are a bunch of scams and weirdos on craiglist – but i have never come across one that charges you by the minute – be sure to call your phone provider to make sure.

This one honestly just sounds like a creeper. I have received calls from private numbers or numbers with strange area codes to places across the country (because anyone can get a number on skype or google) and they would ask me about the iphones im selling. They always had really weird stories like oh im buying it for my kid in boarding school and need to send it to some other country. I will wire you the money through paypal just send me your acct. We would always just mess with them on the phone by raising the price, asking to skype video chat, keep making other deals, telling them we already sent it etc. – it was pretty funny and pretty clear that they were either trying to get our acct number to steal our info or using other peoples accounts to pay for it.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

busybride215:  he sounds very creepy and possibly like a sexual predator. I’ve had great luck selling things on craigslist in the past and have never had any problems, but of course it can also be dangerous and you hear some horror stories. I would suggest if you do find someone to sell it to, bring someone with you to do the transaction and meet in a very public place, ie in front of a police station, very busy shopping center, hospital parking lot, etc.  Do the exchange in daylight, and on your terms. If you get a bad feeling back out. I also never put my phone number in an ad. I prefer to communicate anonymously via email first. I find it’s often pretty easy to weed out the weirdos quickly. 

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