While I continue to use Craigslist as a place to find items I may need for cheap or free as well as sell items on, I must admit it seems Craigslist is getting more full of scams than anything else.
In my local area I tend to look at Vermont and New Hampshire Craigslist the most and well honestly I haven’t had much luck with selling nor finding many legit job openings on this website as of late.
I have found when I list a high ticket item that the responses received sound something like this “I interested in product you have listed on Craigslist. I am out of the country but you can ship to me with payment to PayPal” or something worse with horrible English. It’s always the same type of scam though, someone wanting you to give them your PayPal email and then they will do who knows what with this information.
It seems scammers will do whatever they can to get a hold of your information and sell it to others or use the information to ruin your credit, life and much more! While I continue to use Craigslist to try to sell items I no longer need and would rather have cash for bills for, I must say it’s starting to get a bit discouraging.
Craigslist is set up to be a free marketplace where people can connect, share community news, find pets to adopt, find projects for gigs, writing and much much more. As with any free marketplace you will end up with having to be much more aware of scams and people who are just out there to do you wrong. So please be careful when meeting someone from Craigslist and be sure not to provide any personal information to someone you do not know.
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