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How safe is Craigslist? Anyone have a bad experience?

asked 2015-07-29 20:57:52 -0500

I've heard so many bad things about Craigslist scams, robbery and such. I wonder if you all use it and if you've had any bad or scary incidents? Do they only link to Rover and then still set up a profile? Do customers get background checked?

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I have had some problems on Craigslist. I was sent a fake check so I not going to list myself on Craigslist.

Sharon F.'s profile imageSharon F. ( 2015-07-30 15:53:21 -0500 )edit

The best thing to do is ONLY use Craigslist to link to your Rover account. NEVER go outside of Rover to post on Craigslist. There are people that will hurt you. Rover asks for certain information that criminals would not be willing to give up. I carry a concealed handgun during meet and greets.

Noel S.'s profile imageNoel S. ( 2015-07-31 13:30:54 -0500 )edit

There have been 2 couples killed meeting to collect cars, me and my fiancee tried to buy 2 pug puppies and got ripped off $326.00. All craigslist can't be bad, but we will never use it again for an animal or vehicle. I hope my lawyer will help us get our money back. We learned though on a positive note, a good breeder/dealer will talk to you on the phone and meet publically for a transaction. If they won't don't bother, it's safer for you, your family and finances.

Marie S.'s profile imageMarie S. ( 2015-11-11 20:03:12 -0500 )edit

Here is some info to help any1 from having a scam avoid, the name Mack Eyango, emails with flight photos of pets, from deltapetsrelocators@Lycos.com. most important avoid this info in sent to u. Name: OZEH PASCAL, COUNTRY:CAMEROON. STATE: CENTRAL. CITY: YAOUNDE. POSTAL:00237.TEST: READY. ANSWER: YES

Marie S.'s profile imageMarie S. ( 2015-11-12 15:04:54 -0500 )edit

Please, I beg anyone who will understand to copy, paste, and/ or send to those u care about or close to. This is a scam and whom ever they are they don't care and are very persuasive. I have filed a lawsuit against parties involved. If you have been scammed to do the same. Enough of us can change it

Marie S.'s profile imageMarie S. ( 2015-11-12 15:07:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-07-29 21:15:46 -0500

I have never had a bad experience using Craigslist and I have sold several things there. You should always use good judgement and be cautious when meeting strangers, whether it is someone from Craigslist or Rover. The way Rover suggests posting on Craigslist, it will only send them to your Rover page. They would still need to sign up with Rover to get access to book with you. No, there is no required background check.

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I never trust anyone and ALWAYS carry a concealed handgun during meet and greets to protect myself and my family.

Noel S.'s profile imageNoel S. ( 2015-07-31 13:32:14 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-07-30 20:02:51 -0500

I started advertising on Craigslist last fall (both through Rover, and outside of Rover). I've had a mostly positive experience with it, but there have been a few sets of...freaky communication. I can usually tell from the initial inquiry whether or not the user is serious/safe. Poor grammar, late night messages, near-demands for my home address, inconsistent stories, etc. are red lights for me. The two really crazy requests I've gotten have made me a little more gun shy, but I've also gotten loads of perfectly sane requests. Seriously, though. Grammar and sentence structure in the original communication are huge for me. People who are serious about your services come across as professional and "with it". People who have ulterior motives usually sound fishy from the beginning.

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It shouldn't make you "gun shy" but rather make you want to own a gun for self defense. The world is getting to be more violent by the day, BE SAFE!

Noel S.'s profile imageNoel S. ( 2015-07-31 13:38:10 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-07-30 09:12:31 -0500

I have only had good experiences and if they contact me directly through my phone/email, I immediately send them to the rover site. Gives me peace of mind and I have yet to have a problem. I have lost some potentials but I assume that is because they just found someone on the map closer to them once they got on the site. That's the only downside.

I did find a wonderful dog walker one craiglist that is saving me hundreds. I moved to the suburbs and because of the new commute, it would have left my dog alone 10+ hours a day. So I needed a dog walker, but there was no way I could afford $15 a day. So I went on craigslist and posted a listing generated towards high school kids looking to make $30 bucks a week. I got a response from a 15 year old kid who is too young to get working papers, but his mom wants him to have some responsibility and this was perfect. I asked that our first meet up was also with his mother and everything was great! He has come every day, fills, a log and the best part is that its $30 bucks a week for me and he's a happy camper making some nice side change for 30 minutes of his time. I do give him a little extra at the end of the week if I have a Rover. It's been great!

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answered 2015-07-30 08:16:55 -0500

My experience. I was selling an item and set up a busy public meeting place. The item was worth 200.00. I had it in my p/u truck and so we could access it by the tail gate. I try to be situationally aware. I flagged down the security guard and told him what was happening. I was selling an item and was waiting for the buyer. When the buyer showed up...so did the hair on the back of my neck. He was a big guy...liked the item (a plastic bicycle case for shipping) and started making small talk. His wife didn't understand him etc etc....I was backing away putting the side of the truck between us. Because once he could see I wasn't interested I got the vibe he was gonna knock me out and take it...whatever he wanted. Just then...the security guy drove past...and I waved. Explaining to the buyer that the guard was aware. He paid me and left. VERY SCARY. True story

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Carry a weapon concealed! Problem solved.

Noel S.'s profile imageNoel S. ( 2015-07-31 13:35:17 -0500 )edit

Agreed Noel....that and Target Focus Training

Victoria T.'s profile imageVictoria T. ( 2015-08-04 06:59:08 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-07-30 14:01:52 -0500

The only thing I don't like about craigslist is getting random, booking request at 2am that are clearly not legitimate. Im unsure why people would take the time and create a fake profile and send a request. Very strange to me.
For other things sold and bought on craigslist ive never had a problem.

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I haven't linked my Rover account to Craigslist... yet(?). But I have sold several things on CL. The most annoying thing in the world is getting text messages in the middle of the night (or calls) inquiring about your items. I had one guy that wanted to come get an evaporative cooler at 11pm. He was trying to convince me that they were dying of heat, even though they were supposedly in the next town over and it was only 60F at the time.

Jennifer R.'s profile imageJennifer R. ( 2016-03-03 19:54:36 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-07-29 22:30:46 -0500

Just be careful like you always would when dealing with new people - I've bought and sold a number of items on Craigslist and never had a problem. I've also found my last few apartments through Craigslist ads. The people using the site are the same ones you see all over on the street or at the store. Most are normal, honest people, and a few are bad apples.

Basically, use common sense. Stay out of the personals section (unless you want a good laugh), don't meet anyone in any dark alleys, and don't give out your SSN or bank account info to any Nigerian princes. ;)

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