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Best way to avoid the Craigslist Con

After spending the week looking for a good washing machine on,

http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

And seeing just about every possible scam/con out there, I decided to do some research on the matter. Here is what I found out.

1. No one knows how many people are victimized by false Craigslist ads - the firm says it's a tiny fraction of 30 million monthly posts - but clearly, fake ads are hitting some people hard. (Craigslist responce)

2. My own test, out of 10 ad's I checked out 6 were total scams.
The scams were Price: 2, Year Made: 3, Bait and Switch 1 (showing one type of machine only to get there and they try to sell another, and the 4 rest were honest deals. As you can see that is not a tiny fraction by no means.

3. Do your home work. everything that has a Model Number or Serial Number being sold has a way you can find when it was made. Example:
Washing Machines all have Serial numbers in that number there is a code that tells when it was made. To find them just Google the "make" serial number code.

4. It will work for just about anything.

5. When you contact the seller ask these questions:

1. Price, Confirm a least twice. (you can negotiate later)

2. Make, Model, and Year.

3. Ask for Model Number and Serial Number. If they do not know where to look Google it for location.

4. Confirm its value to asking price. To do this Google Make and Model #,
you should look for suggested retail. Now that we have it lets figure what its worth is today.

If it sold new for $500.00 it has an average life span of 10 years and its 2 years old; 500.00 divide 10 = 50.00 that's the per year value. 50.00 times 2 = 100.00. $500.00 - 100.00 = $400.00 current value. Never pay current value haggle on price depending how it looks and runs.

What is most important is to do your homework first.

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How to report a person from doing it again


We aren't Craigslist Christine, we are Fixya and are nothing to do with each other.

Report to Craigslist direct.

https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

Jan 09, 2016 | Computers & Internet

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Why is my IP address automatically blocked... I have never posted anything on there.... Just SHOP on there... This just started


I am sure there is a better person out there to help you but if "they" are blocking you then you may need to contact them, your IP could have been used in some scam, as a very guarded oldie that place looks to be a great playground for hackers and scammers.
It may be worth checking your device for any nasties, also settings may have been changed in it so you are not recognised.
Thats my knowledge limit sorry to say........

Mar 10, 2015 | craigslist.org

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How do I get onto craiglist for the first time?


1. You must be of legal adult age. Even adults have become victims of criminals using CraigsList.

2. Scroll down to the geographic nation, state, and city nearest to you and click that link for free classifieds.

NOTES: Do not meet strangers from Craigslist ads unless you are an adult age 21 or more; you can verify who they are; and, you meet them in a well lighted public facility in daylight. For example, if they will not meet you in front of the local police station, just say NO!

NEVER send money to strangers you meet online. Check komando.com and clarkhoward.com for scam reports on Craigs List. https://www.craigslist.org/about/sites craigslist sites

WARNING: 2d year med student, Philip Markoff, was charged w/ murdering victims he seduced through CraigsList ads; he was allegedly beginning a serial killing spree. Others have been victimized through criminals using CraigsList. IF YOU ARE UNDER AGE 21 OR NAIVE, CONSULT W/ YOUR TEACHER, MENTOR, OR PARENT AND DO NOT USE CRAIGSLIST. Clark Howard Save More Spend Less and Avoid Rip offs http://komando.com/ 25297248-lgcvxpeybiqn4b111oxiziys-5-1.jpg

Nov 26, 2014 | Bratag Craiglist Checker

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