A man answers an ad on Craigslist. The ad says they will hunt a car loan for him. All he needs to do is send $500, his name, date of birth, Social Security number and even his birth certificate to a guy known only as Dennis.
The victim did just that. The man later reports to the police that he never heard back from Dennis.
How many of you would do this?
This isn’t an error in judgment. It’s just stupid. We get dozens of similar reports each week.
You’re selling a $500 lawn mower on Craigslist or the online paper. You’re contacted by a man who said he wants to purchase the mower. He’ll send you $1,500. Deposit it and then send a money order for the balance of $1,000 to an address in another city for “shipping.”
You deposit the money order or check, then you send a money order as requested to the address. A couple of days later your bank said the money order you received was no good.
Yours was and it’s now gone to a P.O. box to be collected by the crook.
Now this one is obviously based on good timing for the crook. If you find the money order is fraudulent before you send yours off, you’re OK. They urge you to immediately send it so they can make plans to ship it.
Just reading this, you’re thinking what a bunch of bull, right? Well, there are a lot of people who fall right into it.
Just be skeptical. Craigslist isn’t a scam. They warn you that there are scams working through Craigslist ads, but I’ve used it several times. The best way to do any business with folks you don’t know is through a face-to-face cash deal.
Just a reminder folks. There’s nothing wrong with being politely skeptical. Verify, call, double-check.