(Closed) My Craigslist Ad Got Hijacked!!

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would call the police department… that is really serious!

Post # 4
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is there any way to call a non-emergency local police number to see if they have any advise?  

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow I hope there is a way to flag it.  Sounds like that guy is just trying to scam people and I’m afraid someone will fall for it and then get mad at you!

Post # 6
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Very common, to have issues on Craig’s List. I didn’t know, either, untill I started looking for a job on there, and found out that more than hlaf the listings were “phishing” for personal info. Not sure how it works, but you email your interest, and somehow they end up with info. Also, my aunt found a house on there that she was interested in, and it seemed too good to be true. She called the town’s clerk, and sure enough, no such address even existed!

There is a “help/faq” section on Craig’s list, maybe you can report it and get it pulled. Good luck!

Post # 7
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

That guy is definitely scamming people. This happened to my old roommate who moved to London. Someone was “showing” an apartment that wasn’t his (he was subletting it for a month I guess), took deposits from people and left.

Just let htem know it’s a scam when they call.

Post # 8
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

I agree with the other and think you should call the non-emergency line for the police and possibly contact Craigslist directly.

Good luck!

Post # 9
218 posts
Helper bee

Unfortunately, this is quite common, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do. They try to make money off of these people by offering them low rent, not letting them check out the house, demanding the first couple months rent upfront, and then they dissappear.

If you can find where the guy reposted your ad, you could contact the service and let them know. Other than that, just let the renters that contact you know what’s going on, so they can avoid it in the future.

The police can’t really do a whole lot about it.

Post # 10
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yea, this really isn’t that uncommon for CL. Best you can do is flag their ad and contact CL and local authorities. Maybe on your sign you can put the rent so people can see what the rent really is and not bother you with so many emails.

Post # 11
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

one of my firends was looking into a house to rent that it had happened! he almost sent the money!!

Post # 12
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

flag it and usually there is contact information on the side or within the flagging to explain why. I’ve flagged several things that were completely fake and they usually disappear almost immediately.

Post # 13
3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh wow. Ppl are crazy!! I had that happen but just the opposite. A few years ago…the hubs and I were looking at renting and ppl were running scams just like this on there. That is just terrble. I hope you flagged it and called the police.

Post # 14
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That is horrible but are people not smarter than this? Would someone really wire money to someone they dont know on CL to rent a house when under normal circumstances you should sign some type of lease? I would defintely call someone to notify bc obviously it is a scam.

Post # 15
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Flag it on Craigslist. It’s the easiest option and will be removed immediately.

Ugh. What a loser. I’m sorry you have to deal with all of those phone calls, but I hope this all clears up for you soon.

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