Sunday, February 24, 2013

IMPORTANT CRAIGSLIST CHANGES!

Craigslist has changed its website so that emails are no longer direct between buyers and sellers.  For those of you selling on Craigslist, this new change means that any email from a potential buyer does not include their actual email address.  Instead, you will find a bunch of numbers and letters "@reply.craigslist.org".

For more information about this email-relay, please read the information from Craigslist itself: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/email-relay

With this change, there is an additional tweak that will be very useful to the Craigslist community.  When a would-be scammer emails you, you can now flag that email via Craigslist.  At the very bottom of the email, you will see "If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now".  Simply click that link.  With enough flags, these individuals will be filtered out.  This is great news as it means that eventually these scammers have no incentive to keep going if they are continuously flagged by real users.

As always, please be cautious with the site as the new changes do not guarantee that all scammers are weeded out!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The list goes on...


You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules whenever using craigslist:
  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
  • DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN - in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON.

Here is a new list of known scammers:

"milner wallat" - milnerwallat08@gmail.com
"Iriana Quibeck" - heberj66@sbcglobal.net -AND- irianaizquibeck@gmail.com -AND- mary-craddock@sbcglobal.net
"Vanessa Collins" - longliveunitedstate1@gmail.com
"Wang Wuyin" - lorams1965@sbcglobal.net -AND- wangwuyin@gmail.com -AND- sadowskim3@gmail.com -AND- 
"dan palmer" - danielpalmer1983@hotmail.com -AND- lizzywyen12@gmail.com
"Peter Davis" - peterceckx@gmail.com -AND- colea020@gmail.com
"Penny Field" - therenegadegirl@gmail.com -AND- lizzywyen12@gmail.com
"Mike" - ben4me1@gmail.com -AND- mikejim127@gmail.com -AND- benpat100@gmail.com
"Leland Lee" - songjay2006@gmail.com 
"Janet Bridget" - alexa_moxon@hotmail.com -AND- janetbridget001@gmail.com
"Dennis Rayticker" - earthgalleries214@gmail.com
"Jacob Williams" - jacob.williams012@yahoo.com
"Becky Scott" - becky_scottbecky@aol.com
"Chris Jeffreys" - chris_jeffreys13@yahoo.com
"Steven Tyler" - steventyler155@gmail.com 
"Frank Williams" - frank.williams990@gmail.com 
"daniel william" - danielwilliam71@gmail.com
"Michael Scott" - untamed78@gmail.com -AND- michealscott230@att.net
"thomas chris" - thomaschris233@gmail.com
"niki wales" - walesniky@gmail.com
"Jinwoo Park" - hilarneshair@gmail.com
"Marcus Brown" - marcusbro223@gmail.com
"Pp" - ourbuffy@att.net
rc1003sc@gmail.com
amw07high@yahoo.co.uk
blakewire0@gmail.com
gstrike005@gmail.com