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Craigslist Safety Tips

Discussion in 'General Business' started by Mark_H, Jul 26, 2008.

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    Craigslist Safety Tips

    This is my first thread, what I want to talk about as you can see, would be Craigslist Safety Tips.

    I’m sure we all know what Craigslist is, if not, Craigslist is sort of like eBay, but the different thing about Craigslist and eBay is that, Craigslist isn’t that safe, eBay on the other hand is safe and secure, but then again if you have no clue what you’re doing in the safest place on earth, you can still be tricked.


    Fraud is a serious case, and lots of people can be tricked so easily, if you ever wear to be tricked, it doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you didn’t have the right information or education in this category, and others would just use common sense.
    Some ways you can avoid becoming a Fraud Victim is…
    • Deal with people you can meet in person. (I recommend if your under the age of 18, don’t go alone, go with an adult or guardian.)
    • Stay away from wiring funds.
    • Never take Cashier Checks or Money orders.
    • If you get an email from a buyer, and he/she is asking for personal information, NEVER GIVE IT AWAY! That is possibly the worst thing you could do on Craigslist. Just give away information of simple things such as, a place where you could meet, however when you give that type of information, always remember to give an area about 3-5 miles away from your house. (that is taking safety precautions.)

    That pretty much sums up the worries about Fraud or Scams.
    Posting Your product on Craigslist

    Here I will basically talk about what NOT to put on your post.

    Try not to…

    • Post a picture with you, or your siblings or your friends in it.
    • Post private information, such as your REAL email address, Craigslist provides a system where it could cover up your email, in other words “proxy”.
    • NEVER EVER post your address on the post. That’s just plain stupidity right there.
    • Post products contributing…

    • Obscene material or child pornography.
    • Offer or solicitation of illegal prostitution.
    • Weapons and related items, including but not limited to firearms, disguised, undetectable or switchblade knives, martial arts weapons, scopes, silencers, ammunition, ammunition magazines, BB guns, tear gas or stun guns.
    • Items issued to United States Armed Forces that have not been disposed of in accordance with Department of Defense demilitarization policies.
    • Fireworks, including but not limited to "safe and sane" fireworks or any destructive devices or explosives.
    • Controlled substances or illegal drugs, substances and items used to manufacture controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.
    • Alcohol or tobacco products.
    • Prescription drugs and medical devices, including but not limited to prescription or contact lenses, defibrillators, hypodermic needles or hearing aids.
    • Nonprescription drugs that make false or misleading treatment claims or treatment claims that require FDA approval.
    • Blood, bodily fluids or body parts.
    • Household pets of any kind including but not limited to dogs, cats, primates, cage birds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, fish. Re-homing with small adoption fee OK
    • Pet animal parts, blood, or fluids - including but not limited to stud/breeding service
    • Restricted or regulated plants and insects, including but not limited to noxious weeds, endangered plant species, or live insects or pests.
    • Pesticides or hazardous substances, or items containing hazardous substances including but not limited to contaminated toys, or art or craft material containing toxic substances without a warning label.
    • Illegal telecommunications equipment, including but not limited to access cards, password sniffers, access card programmers and unloopers, or cable descramblers
    • Stolen property, or property with serial number removed or altered.
    • Burglary tools, including but not limited to lock-picks or motor vehicle master keys
    • False identification cards, items with police insignia, citizenship documents, or birth certificates.
    • Counterfeit currency, coins and stamps, tickets, as well as equipment designed to make them.
    • Counterfeit, replica, or knock-off brand name goods.
    • Material that infringes copyright, including but not limited to software or other digital goods you are not authorized to sell, warez, bootlegs (without consent of the band).
    • Airline tickets that restrict transfer, and tickets of any kind which you are not authorized to sell.
    • Coupons or gift cards that restrict transfer, and coupons or gift cards which you are not authorized to sell.
    • Gambling items, including but not limited to lottery tickets, sports trading card 'grab bags', raffle tickets, sweepstakes entries or slot machines.
    • Used or rebuilt batteries, or batteries containing mercury.
    • Used bedding and clothing, unless sanitized in accordance with law.
    • Non-packaged food items or adulterated food.
    • Bulk email or mailing lists that contain names, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal identifying information

    I received this selection from the Craigslist website listed below.


    I have basically summed up everything you need to worry about, other then that, just use common sense, and be safe.

    I hope this post has taught you something today.

    Thanks for reading,
    Mark_H, Jul 26, 2008 IP
  2. nshadab

    nshadab Well-Known Member

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    good to read about craiglist.org.... this is really good for new bees...

    nshadab, Jul 27, 2008 IP
  3. resto

    resto Peon

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    Craigslist is really sketchy.

    I had some good deals buying and selling cars and stuff but there are so many scammers are on CL. Sometimes people will go through Craigslist and go look at cars and expensive items and when they get there they will just take with a gun.

    A guy down the street from me got killed when someone from CL came to look at a car and shot him and took it the guy died.

    I’ve had some sketchy people want to come look at stuff in the night or met me in dark places. You really got to watch your ass dealing on craigslist.

    And when you place ads on there you get so much Spam!! Money orders Nigerian princes, shipping companies.
    resto, Jul 27, 2008 IP
  4. Mark_H

    Mark_H Peon

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    yeahh no prob, it rlly ment is for newbee's
    Mark_H, Jul 27, 2008 IP
  5. TommySC

    TommySC Peon

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    All good advice, although I sell a product that I ship to people often. It kinda stinks that most people assume I am a scammer. Some type of feedback system would be awesome.
    TommySC, Jul 30, 2008 IP
  6. tuksdrr

    tuksdrr Active Member

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    Still, for the amount of leads that can be generated, CL is pretty good. One of my staff spends a fair bit of time on CL everyday posting ads.
    tuksdrr, Jul 30, 2008 IP
  7. Barefootsies

    Barefootsies Well-Known Member

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    Good NOOB tips.
    Barefootsies, Jul 30, 2008 IP