Potential danger with craigslist

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Blog entry by SST posted 03-02-2010 05:12 PM 3474 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently ran an ad on craigslist to sell a router table & this is a copy of a reply I got. I bolded some things to be cautious about if you use craigslist.

I stumbled across your craigslist posting for the Router table.
A few weeks ago I had a rough time and was forced to sell some of my things on craigslist to pay the bills. One person came over to buy my mitre saw and router and gave me twice what I was asking for. When I asked him why, he explained that he wanted to help me out as long as when I got the chance I helped someone else out too.

I can’t buy your stuff the way he did me, but a few days ago I did stumble across these Home Depot gift cards. I’m passing on the link, but if it works for you, I’d like you to do the same thing I did and pass it on to someone else.

I received another offering more than my price because his”brother” needed the item, but would I click the link to see a photo of it to confirm that it was the right one.

While there’s always a chance that these might be legit, they are most likely fraud at the least & dangerous at worst. Here’s why. The links can be anything from irritating spyware to viruses to RATs (random access trojans) that may be able to track your keystrokes. (Very useful in getting your account #s and passwords…and your complete identity as well.

I work in the identity theft field. No, I don’t steal them, I’m involved in their protection & restoration. It’s way more than credit card fraud. It’s criminal, Social Security, medical, driver’s license, and financial ID theft. If you saw some of the stats I’ve seen, you wouldn’t be sleeping well at night.

I don’t want to get preachy, but since lots of us use craigslist, please be very careful. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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David Craig

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 05:22 PM

I appreciate the heads up. Unfortunately, the offering of deals too good to be true still entrap the frugal consumer.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 05:29 PM


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#3 posted 03-02-2010 05:30 PM

There are lots of scams on both the buy and sell side on Craigslist. You need to be careful. Flag the ad if you suspect it is a scam. I’ve flagged many.

My advice: Never buy or sell off Craigslist unless you can meet with the buyer or seller, inspect the item being sold, and the transaction is in cash or you meet at a bank where the sellers banker hands you a cashiers check for the purchase.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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Dennis Fletcher

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 05:38 PM

Thank you. I sell often and advertise on CL, I get a lot of scammers, but have had a great experiences on it.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 05:57 PM

There are definitely a lot of scams and idiots on crigslist. I have sold 2 planers and a roller table on craiglist and always put my phone # and first name when I run an ad. I always say no emails due to scammers and crankpots. If some calls, we talk, when i still get emails they are instantly deleted. That is the crap you must put up with when something is free.

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 02:39 AM

Tom, I have an ad on CL at this time and guess what ? There is a person in the Phoenix area that did almost the same thing only with me they offered a Wal-Mart card. NO I did not go to the link either. I grew up being taught that “if it is too good to be true”, ....well then it is a scam! This is my first time selling, I have bought lots of tools off of CL and have been very happy.

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 03:07 AM

Isn’t it sad all the crap that people have come up with to try and get something for nothing. Just think how advanced our civilization would be if these people used all that time and energy to come up with something beneficial? I have to say I agree with the medieval punishment for thieves….relieve them of their fingers/hands or even their heads….I hate thieves in all forms.

It has gotten so bad that I received a phone call from a lady, who said she worked for a customer of ours, and that she wanted to confirm our payment address. I did our security thing automatically: Please give me your name and return phone number and I’ll call you back (we then call the number we have for the company and request that they confirm the persons identity and phone number). Only after the persons identity and phone number is confirmed will we disclose any information. All this rigamarole for this poor lady to confirm a simple address. Pretty soon you will have to give a blood sample, hair, saliva and perhaps a stool samplet to confirm that it is you.

I remember when your word was your bond….a handshake and the deal was made….sadly these days are long gone. Sorry about the rant…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 04:01 AM

I, too have bought & sold successfully on CL, and I like it for that, but it does seem that lately there is more crap than legit business being done. What a shame that, if left unregulated, things turn that way. Most everyone hates regulation, but guess why it’s there? -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 04:03 AM

Thanks for the heads up.

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 05:10 AM

i dont know what all the complaints are about…I have been racking up the HD cards…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 05:22 AM

hey thanks for the heads up, is there a way for u to check for identity theft of peoples info if so how?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 05:50 AM

Well, bigike, my wife my wife sells identity theft insurance (really!). Just send me all your important info, including your bank routing number, and she’ll fix you right up with a nice spiel about how great the product is! Hey, officer, can’t you see I’m busy, here, with my customer? Take them handcuffs off, I can’t type while my hands are behind my back!

All kidding aside, don’t we all wish people were on the up and up all the time? I work as an engineer, and I’d really rather make roads and bridges than weapons. (well, my company makes communications equipment, but you get the idea).

Oh, btw, if you want to avoid a mountain of spam, take the @ out of your sig. Make it …daniels at yahoo… People can figure it out, but the spambots aren’t that good yet.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 06:46 AM

For the Firefox users out there, there is an add-on called Web Of Trust that I highly recommend. It’s easy to add to Firefox and set up for the first time.

It can give you ratings on websites based on trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety. If you do happen to click a link that takes you to a bad site it warns you before opening the site, giving you a chance to back out before you are slammed with pop-up ads, spyware/scareware and/or viruses.

AND it rates Google, Bing and other search engine results. AND it rates links you get in your Yahoo! or Gmail account! I never surf the web without it. The best part? It’s FREE! Here's the link again. Unless you want to keep guys like me busy with side work when your PC gets infected…

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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