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Old 12-21-2018, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Ricktwuhk View Post
Paranoid, no? Guess you haven't heard about Craigslist Safe Zones? Established by police departments all over the country to allow safe transactions. I have sold in excess of $30,000 via Craigslist in the last four years. Here are some guidelines.

1) Never put your phone number in a CL ad. Use Craigslist's confidential email. Make sure that the email address you use for that email exchange doesn't have your name as part of it. For example, people setup an email address as John Smith [email protected], and while CL will hide the [email protected], they won't hide the John Smith part. Use an email address unique for CL, and set it up without your name in it.

2) Never meet at your house. NEVER. Meet a CL safe zone. If it's a transaction where the item is too big to easily transport, at the CL safe zone get the person on camera, inspect and photo their driver's license, send a copy of it to a friend/relative, and THEN lead them to your house where the item is ideally in a garage so they aren't actually in your house.

3) Never give your full name out. If you sell a car (I've sold four via CL), meet them at the safe zone. Only when the transaction is happening do they need to know your name (because it's on the title). Do the transaction at their bank, with the teller handing you the cashier's check. Or, if a low amount (I sold a $2,500 car), take cash, $20 bills or smaller.

4) If you need to communicate by phone or text, use a Google Voice number. You can easily block them, and they cannot look it up.

2016 article from Washington Post - Think twice before answering that ad: 101 murders have been linked to Craigslist

https://www.today.com/money/police-c...oing-bad-t3636
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Old 12-21-2018, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Pigman67 View Post
Seems like they are trying to gain access to your phone and info.

The broken/poor English is a giveaway to me.

I believe you answered appropriately.
While you're not wrong, have you read any posts on FB, Twitter, Clist, etc? Seems like 75% of the posts are full of misspelled words and simple grammar mistakes. Hell, even a lot of ads from large, semi-reputable, business have misspellings in them. Apparently few have the time to proofread stuff before hitting 'post'.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Ricktwuhk View Post
Paranoid, no? Guess you haven't heard about Craigslist Safe Zones? Established by police departments all over the country to allow safe transactions. I have sold in excess of $30,000 via Craigslist in the last four years. Here are some guidelines.

1) Never put your phone number in a CL ad. Use Craigslist's confidential email. Make sure that the email address you use for that email exchange doesn't have your name as part of it. For example, people setup an email address as John Smith [email protected], and while CL will hide the [email protected], they won't hide the John Smith part. Use an email address unique for CL, and set it up without your name in it.

2) Never meet at your house. NEVER. Meet a CL safe zone. If it's a transaction where the item is too big to easily transport, at the CL safe zone get the person on camera, inspect and photo their driver's license, send a copy of it to a friend/relative, and THEN lead them to your house where the item is ideally in a garage so they aren't actually in your house.

3) Never give your full name out. If you sell a car (I've sold four via CL), meet them at the safe zone. Only when the transaction is happening do they need to know your name (because it's on the title). Do the transaction at their bank, with the teller handing you the cashier's check. Or, if a low amount (I sold a $2,500 car), take cash, $20 bills or smaller.

4) If you need to communicate by phone or text, use a Google Voice number. You can easily block them, and they cannot look it up.

2016 article from Washington Post - Think twice before answering that ad: 101 murders have been linked to Craigslist

https://www.today.com/money/police-c...oing-bad-t3636
I agree 100%. Even though Iím carrying I do not want any random stranger in my house. I dont want them to have any idea what I have.
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Our local sam's club is the unofficial swap central, like 20+ cars/swaps at any given time so it's very public and active so trying anything would be dumb so i meet there most of the time. Or our local sheriff dep has a "safe swap" area in their parking lot. I bought my boat from someone's house but i had multiple phone conversations with them and the address checked out with the pics they sent. I also always take someone with me and normally we are both armed. People suck, so always be prepared.

also the number of scam/bs on craigslist has made me move to FB marketplace and some of the swap sites. More rules and tons pissy soccer mom's who have nothing better to do then ask 100 questions and bitch about everything but it works.
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Old 01-02-2019, 11:54 AM
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Well I sold the tires last Friday. I met the guy at a Shell station and did the deal, no issues.
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:31 AM
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I've bought and sold hundreds of things on CL without an issue. You just have to be smarter than a third grader. People that get scammed are usually not too smart.
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