Craigslist Fraud, the New ebay

March 15, 2006 - Get free updates of new posts here

I am an AVID Craigslist user. Bottomline: I LOVE Craig. I want to have his babies, shave his head or just watch him while he sleeps. Okay maybe not that excessive but I have bought all my cars from his site, sold many things, spent countless hours doing nothing. So why am I am a tad perturbed?

My 2 latest postings on Craigslist have spurred 10 emails clearly from fraudulent sellers.

How do I know they are fraudulent?

1- The names in the emails generally don’t match the email sender

2- Clearly they want me to ship it to their out of state address

3- They try to have excessive spelling errors to magnify that they are real or they just really can’t spell

4- You get tons of emails right away after you post your item.

This is REALLY disturbing since I have been using Craigslist for a really long time and most people trust emails they get from other users of the website. Now I see more emails that remind me of eBay where they ask you to ship to international countries (which I got scammed on once) and want to pay excessive of your asking price. So what should Craig do? I have no idea at this moment but I know this could really hurt that company. Please fix it Craig, here is an example email:

From: kenny linda

“Goodday Seller,
How was sale today hope all is moving fine.i saw your item displayed and i am interested in buying this item but before i go on with the transaction i will like to ask you some few questions,Is it still for sale,Does it have any roblem?Kindly get back to me on time for the immediate payment and i am in need of this item desperately………..

Ps. If you want to buy an iPod shuffle let me know;)

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6 responses to “Craigslist Fraud, the New ebay

  1. Joe Zekas Reply

    Craig won’t stop this. It’s not in his economic interest to do so.

    The more active Craig’s marketplace appears to be the more Craig will reap when he cashes out – as he eventually will.

    Your eBay analogy is apt – eBay will eventually take control of Craigslist. In the meanwhile, it’s following a tried and true path in building a “community” where fraudsters and predators can have full sway.

    I’m continually amazed at how little light shines on Craigslist, and how gullible the media is about promotiong it. More focus, like yours, on the reality of Craigslist will expose the shill game that underlies it.

  2. Damon Z Reply

    Craiglist is great especially for applying for a job. The real advantage is that you can deal with people locally and therefore reduce the risks of fraud. However, you’re right on, there is a lot of spam especially in the dating section not that I visit it or anything :).

  3. Ted Richardson Reply

    Interesting analogies, although Craig has done somewhat of a personal effort to fight fraud on his site.

    Therein lies the difference between him and eBay.

    Enjoyed your blog!

  4. Terria Lopez Reply

    Craigslist serves the honest white american who is trying to make a living. Doesn’t matter if it’s an honest living or a dishonest living. If your name doesn’t sound white-
    If you have a foreign accent- Your posts will be unfairly tagged and removed. If you have an attitude toward craigslist themselves, they will put you on “shitlist” (their exact words) and you will be on a virtual time out from posting, anyway.

    And if your presence is hindering the white americans from maintaining a consistent income or steady flow of work, you will feel the sting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not warning you, I’m telling you from my own personal experience. Email hijacking, telephone and emails for the specific reason to harass, pick apart, and eventually shut you down all together.

    Impersonating customers, misleading and extinguishing free service offers just for the sake of it.

    These folks are great when the economy is doing good but when the going gets tough, they will tear you a new @55hole.

    Straight up.

    That’s just my personal opinion.

  5. Johnny Mean Reply

    CL could try try instituting a 1 cent transaction fee. This will kill the spamming community, and reduce fraud as it is a numbers game, and limit to only serious buyers or sellers. 1cent to post. 1 cent to contact.