If it sounds too good to be true … Craigslist scams
Texting with Craigslist scammers and … not knowing it immediately.
Whew, close call! Thankfully, there’s Google and searching and other people sharing their knowledge of Craigslist scammers and you can quickly find out what’s happened to loads of other people and chances are you’re not the first.
“I found your listing on Craigslist, I do have interest in it and would like to know the present condition Thanks. Julia.”
Yeah, there is no Julia.
I was bummed! You’re excited that someone is interested in what you have to sell. It’s almost flattering in a weird way. But the relationship goes downhill quickly. She doesn’t really like you (or your desk) and she just wants to make a fast PayPal payment and wants your PayPal address and … yeah, downhill fast.
I still don’t get exactly how they make their money. Something about not using their own PayPal or doing something with your PayPal account or maybe getting the refund on the payment. In any case, it’s only misery and headache ahead. Just bow out, say your quick goodbyes and follow the Craigslist rules:
- In person.
- In cash.
- No exceptions.
That’s about it. We had a glorious Craigslist day today: bikes to two little kids who were overjoyed with their new bikes. In fact, it was such a pleasure, I should save it for tomorrow’s post. Goodnight.
Oh, and if you’re looking for a cherrywood desk … it’s still available. Just search Craigslist and come by the house.