One of the many reasons I hate selling items on Craigslist is because of spam emails I receive. Some lessons I have learned is:
- Do not respond to anyone asking questions that are clearly answered in your sale description.
- If a prospective buyer emails asking “are you the seller”, then junk it immediately. The scammer is trying to obtain personal information from you.
- Use an email account that does not contain your name or any personal details.
- Accept cash only and deal locally, no exceptions! If someone offers to wire you money or transfer via PayPal then red flags should go up immediately!
Here is the latest scam email we received after answering a question from a prospective Craigslist buyer inquiring about the condition of our sale item.
Thanks For Getting back to me ..I am buying this furniture and i am a military presently on a mission,and due to secrets of this mission, phone calls,and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert.i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it,I don’t mind paying additional $50 for it in order for you to take the ad down from craigslist and also to be assured that it is already mine.i will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the item and pls if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to www.paypal.com and get it set up, after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you used for the registration with paypal so as to put the money through. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick it up after i have made the payments
Email address: rogus kenneth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I don’t want anyone to fall for these scams, which is why I am sharing. Be cautious and make smart decisions! For additional Craigslist scam information, visit here.