Craiglist Scams (Not Real Estate Related)

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

We are in the process of cleaning up some items in our house that we don't need. As part of that process, I put a marble coffee table on CraigsList. It's an item that I can't ship, or even move very far, and can only be sold to someone local who can come pick it up. Hence my decision to try both some social media groups and CraigsList. 

 

About an hour after I put that item up for sale, I received a text message asking me to get back to them at their email and let me know if I still have the coffee table that was on CraigsList for sale. So I responded as requested at their email, and said, "We still have the marble coffee table."

 

Later the same day, I received this response:

 

"Thanks for the response and am satisfied with the price and the condition on the list,  kindly withdraw the advert from list and considered it sold. I will add extra $70 with the original price while you remove the ads. My husband will overnight  a Cashier Check/ Certified Check drawn from a local Banks, and i will make the pick up arrangement as soon as you have the check clear and you have your cash, I would have loved to come and take a look and purchase with cash,  but my work frame{nurse} is tight.  So, I'll need you to provide me with the following information to overnight the Payment.

 
Full Name  on the Check,
Full Physical Address
Final asking  price and your cell# to get a hold of you
 
The check will be overnight to you asap and deliver to you within 48hours."
 
 
So all of us can tell from reading this that it's a scam, not only because of the crummy grammar and use of words that indicate this is not a local person (no one says "advert" here) but because they want information. So my response to this one was: 
 
"No."
 

 
That was yesterday. Then this morning I received a text message that said "Handmade round marble coffee table - $500. Hi, do you still have the ad you posted on Craigslist for sale? your asking price is quite reasonable & affordable. I'm interested in buying it, let me know if it's still available. Amanda."
 
OK, that definitely sounds legitimate. So I said, "Hi Amanda - good morning. Yes, we just listed it yesterday and it is still available."
 
And then she immediately responded:
 
 
Argh. "Pickup agent?" Who even says that? She's a flight attendant that never gets a day off? She has a mover coming to pick it up and she hasn't even seen it? She wants my PayPal info?
 
So I responded, "Sure and I'm Angelina Jolie and I'm much too busy with my acting and children to provide my PayPal information. Have a good day"
 

 
So the moral of this story? I had originally allowed buyers to contact me via phone call or text because I thought it would be easier for everyone. But I just updated the advertisement to only allow emails (which are sent to a long Craiglist email address, not mine). I think this will weed out the cranks and hopefully only provide "real" leads.
 
So if you ever use Craigslist for non-real estate related items, you may want to consider doing the same thing. 
 
Have a great day!
 
 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Irvin Nierras
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I agree to everything you said!

Aug 24, 2018 06:04 PM #45
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
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Hi Kat: Boy, you are more trusting than I am--I have never put an ad on Craigslist simply because I can remember the bad press it got when it first opened to the public---There was a home invasion that was traced back to CL and then there was the guy who was looking for females that he would then proceed to stalk--can't remember how that unfolded; all I can remember about Craigslist was pretty scary stories--you are one brave person, IMHO!! Congratulations on the feature!!

Aug 24, 2018 06:54 PM #46
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Hi Kat

I pretty much stopped using Craigslist for selling things because of all the scams, or attempts at it...they just seemed endless. The real estate side of things is bad enough. We have had much more success with NextDoor. 

What a great table! Great tips for those who might not be familiar with the issues that can come along with ads on Craigslist!

Jeff

Aug 24, 2018 07:41 PM #47
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Yes I have sold furniture on CL and always use the CL email feature just to be safe.  Good post.

Aug 24, 2018 08:10 PM #48
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Kat Palmiotti 
What a beautiful table!!! I love stone ---

Hope some smart person near you got it!
All the best - Lynn

Aug 24, 2018 11:37 PM #49
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Kat Palmiotti
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Patricia Feager - Thank you! I hope your day is wonderful!

Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem - Haha, thank you for the laugh!

Lynda White - And conniving! :-) Have a good day.

Aug 25, 2018 02:39 AM #50
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Kat Palmiotti
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Bruce Hicks - I feel bad for the people (who pulled up). That's why these scams exist - because people do fall from them. How are you doing in Hawaii with all the rain?

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector - Hey, now that's a great idea (about the itunes cards)

 

Aug 25, 2018 02:42 AM #51
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Kat Palmiotti
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Richie Alan Naggar - Oh, how right you are. Karma is poised.

Janelle Ancillotti - Hey the ride from Syracuse isn't too far! Want to come get it? I'll throw in a homemade dinner! :-)

Lottie Kendall - Haha, thank you. I had to think of a famous person most people would know - the first people who popped into my head are long gone and I bet most younger people wouldn't know who they are.

Aug 25, 2018 02:44 AM #52
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Kat Palmiotti
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Mike Cooper - I received a call from a nice guy a few weeks ago. He told me the same thing - he saw a home with a really cheap rental price and he was suspicious. He had a right to be!

Marney Kirk - People who say they're going to pick up a free item and don't are plain rude! Have a great day!

Irvin - Thank you!!! 

Aug 25, 2018 02:47 AM #53
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Kat Palmiotti
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA - When the first person asked for the address of the item, that's what I thought - home invasion possibility. Argh.

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Thank you! You're the second person that mentioned NextDoor - a year or two ago I had checked it out and my town wasn't really using it, but I should check again.

Aug 25, 2018 02:49 AM #54
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - Good move! I'll do that from now on (if I use this again!)

Lynn B. Friedman - Thank you! No "real" leads yet but it's still early.

 

Aug 25, 2018 02:50 AM #55
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Beautiful.  Thanks for tips.  Great post.

Aug 25, 2018 03:29 AM #56
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Gita Bantwal
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Kat, you should consider next door or a consignment store. Good luck

Aug 25, 2018 01:14 PM #57
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Hi Kat- Our friend had his car listed in one of those car magazines and he received a similar email. What stuck out like a sore thumb was the person said the "package" would be in the mail. No one uses that term unless you're a drug dealer. 

We've been using OfferUp and try to meet people at a neutral spot, however there are some items that can't be moved easily. We take precautions and if we don't feel right about it, we'll cancel it and donate it. 

Aug 25, 2018 01:38 PM #58
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Very cool table...some people have a lot of time and energy to put into scamming the public !

Aug 26, 2018 05:33 AM #59
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Lynnea Miller
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So many scammers out there, Kat Palmiotti .  They must have success fooling some people - otherwise I cannot image these types of emails would continue. I hope you have success selling your table to real people interest in it.

Aug 26, 2018 01:52 PM #60
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What a waste of time and money to work on Craiglist Kat...

Aug 29, 2018 08:06 PM #61
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Kat Palmiotti
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Robin - Thank you!

Gita Bantwal  - Thank you also. I can't lift the darn thing to get it to a consignment shop but I do still need to look into NextDoor!

Aug 30, 2018 06:27 AM #62
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Kat Palmiotti
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Kathy Streib - I'll have to look into OfferUp. I hadn't heard of it. There's usually some sort of giveaway in the wording let can tip us off to a scam. But it's exhausting being vigilant!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - I agree about the time and energy - if they put that much energy into a real job, they'd  be a lot better off!

Aug 30, 2018 06:28 AM #63
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Lynnea Miller - I agree - if they were never successful with their scams, they'd eventually stop. But they continue - so someone is falling for these emails. 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - Yes, it is a waste of time. I haven't received any real leads yet.

Aug 30, 2018 06:30 AM #64
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