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    Craig's List, a Den of Thieves?
    Have you noticed all the bad press that Craig's List is getting in the media now a days? It seems that Craig's List has become a clearing house of stolen goods. It's replaced the guy around the corner selling a trunkload of "merchandise" and the guy with the watches hanging inside his coat.

    As I compose this I'm listening to a news report of an event ticket scam on Craig's List that cost unsuspecting victims hundreds of dollars. Last week there was a disgruntled employee who listed a child for sale and provided contact information for his former employer. And of course the story a few weeks ago about a false ad giving away all the victim's possessions as well as his horse.

    Where will this end? Are there major changes in store for Craig's List?



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    Last one I heard was someone getting arrested for actually trying to sell weed on CL - the cops set him up and busted him. Talk about stupid, huh?

    But yeah... that's what you get for having a free, open marketplace with virtually no oversight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HecticDMC
    Last one I heard was someone getting arrested for actually trying to sell weed on CL - the cops set him up and busted him. Talk about stupid, huh?

    But yeah... that's what you get for having a free, open marketplace with virtually no oversight.
    I remember hearing about that. I agree, not too bright.

    You have to be cautious as a seller too, as Craig's list is a haven for 419 scammers. But that's not unique to Craig's list; it is a reality if you have your own web site or if you sell on ebay or any other site too. Sad.

    Another suspected CL scam involves potential roommates. I'm not exactly sure what the scam is but when my friend posted an ad looking for a roommate, he had a few dozen responses from "humanitarians" in other countries who responded, all with variations of the same basic story. It seemed sort of suspicious. The first one he followed up with, their story kept changing so he stopped communicating and never figured out exactly what the scam was. If anyone can confirm what was going on there it would be educational.

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    why would anyone buy WEED?.
    Is it grass weed / lawn weed or something else??

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtagdeals
    why would anyone buy WEED?.
    Is it grass weed / lawn weed or something else??
    Are you serious?
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    Craigs list is the den of prostitution!

    I remember some chick trying to sell her kid on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound
    Are you serious?
    never mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    I remember some chick trying to sell her kid on it.
    Not too different from what Surrogates do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtagdeals
    Not too different from what Surrogates do?
    It is very different.

    A surrogate has a couple's fertilized egg implanted and carries it to term. The baby is and always was the child of the couple who provided the egg. This is most offen done by a close family member for no charge, though it is also done by some for a fee. In this case, a woman attempts to sell her own child for money.
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    Let's keep it on topic please...



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    Craigslist is the 9th most popular site in the US - A few sensationalized stories about it, and all of the sudden it's "filled" with thieves?

    Fraud happens everywhere where users can communicate - Forums, eBay, newspaper classifieds, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua
    Craigslist is the 9th most popular site in the US - A few sensationalized stories about it, and all of the sudden it's "filled" with thieves?
    The title was posed as a question rather than a proclamation. You tell me...



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    And I was answering the question with a question

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    In response to Amy's question about the scamming of roommates, I remember hearing that the person answering the ads sends a post-dated check and then asks for the cash back when they can't take the room after all. Much like the lottery scams and the other ones where they send a bigger check than requested, then ask for cash back.
    As for prostitution on craigslist? Definitely. My friend meets his "dates" on craigslist all the time. They post naked pictures of themselves and say they will be in town for the night at a hotel. He's visited many a hotel in the past years.
    Apparently truckers do this all the time looking for a nightly hookup.
    To each his own I guess. But it really does affect the quality of craigslist.
    I do have to say that I have posted jobs for some of my clients and have gotten excellent candidates and have filled many job vacancies at no cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guinness618
    In response to Amy's question about the scamming of roommates, I remember hearing that the person answering the ads sends a post-dated check and then asks for the cash back when they can't take the room after all. Much like the lottery scams and the other ones where they send a bigger check than requested, then ask for cash back.
    Thanks for the info. That makes sense! Yep, sounds just like the 419 scam where the scammer tries to buy something offered for sale online, and then sends a fake check for too much money, and asks for the "difference" to be refunded.

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    I've used CL to find every band member that I've worked with here in Vegas. At least so far the "musicians" section seems to be clean (in this market) with the worst being drug- or gambling-addicted mid 40's rockers with bad hair.

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    yeah lots of scams of craigslist for sure... it isn't monitored as much as ebay but scams can happen anywhere. You can avoid most the scams by just doing the transaction in person. I've sold a lot of stuff on craigslist and never had any problems... it is an interesting community. The personal sections are down right creepy though...
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    ...mid 40's rockers with bad hair.
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    Oh, I can cite examples, Sal. Dare me.
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    Sometimes ads on Craig's list are just a little too honest:

    http://theslyfoxblog.blogspot.com/20...h-husband.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by FourthWorld
    Sometimes ads on Craig's list are just a little too honest:

    http://theslyfoxblog.blogspot.com/20...h-husband.html
    That's funny! Pretty obvious where her values are...



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