Some Advice From Your Public Defender
> I’m a lawyer, not your fairy godmother. I probably won’t find a loophole or technicality for you, so don’t be pissed off. I didn’t beat up your girlfriend, steal that car, rob that liquor store, sell that crystal meth, or rape that 13 year old. By the time we meet, much of your fate has been sealed, so don’t be too surprised by your limited options and that I’m the one telling you about them.
> If you are being chased by the cops and you have dope in your pocket – dump it. These cops are not geniuses. They are out of shape and want to go to Krispy Kreme and most of all go home. They will not scour the woods or the streets for your 2 grams of meth. But they will check your pockets, idiot. 2 grams is not worth six months of jail.
> "I didn't put it all the way in." Not a defense.
> "All the money is gone now." Not a defense.
> "The bitch deserved it." Not a defense.
> "But that dope was so stepped on, I barely got high." Not a defense.
> "She didn't look thirteen." Possibly a defense; it depends.
> "She didn't look six." Never a defense, you just need to die.
This reminds me of a BestOfCraigslist post where someone was "hiring" someone to be a host/server at McDonald's. Not literally as a McDonald's employee - more like they were going to pay this person to act as their server.
It had something along the lines of "You will greet us at the door, you will walk us to our table and give us menus. Then you will serve us drinks and ask if we would like appetizers!"
If I can find the post, I will link it
edit -found it
You should file a police report first, and also report to the Ohio AG.
Many of these scammers are outside the country, or use financial methods that make it hard to track them or claw the money back.
Also, craigslist specifically warns about this.
>you can't deny someone rent based on family status,
You can if you're Mrs. Murphy.
Renting out a room in the home you own and occupy is a lot more like choosing your friends, rather than choosing your customers.
The distinction is that advertising with discriminatory language is still a violation of the FHA, while actually discriminating in your choices is not. Craigslist is very clear on this.
The only exception to the advertising prohibition is for shared bathrooms, kitches, or common areas, and that's only a sex-based advertising prohibition.
You can discriminate on family status all you want in private because it's a shared housing situation.
Posting what you feel like posting is an invitation to a civil rights lawsuit. Don't do it.
"No kids" in the ad will get it flagged for removal, and is arguably illegal. You can discriminate, you just can't necessarily advertise discriminatorily.
You can read the whole opinion here if you're curious.
There is an awesome story about a guy who ate 3 tubes of "fat free" pringles that contained olestra. Let's see if I can find it...
Edit: ah, here
They'll send you a fake check and ask you to send an etransfer to the "movers" who will "pick up the car".
You'll etransfer real money to the scammers, which is gone forever. The check is fake and will bounce.
It's scam #2 here:
It hits about ten different warning signs described in that page.
I just sold my truck on craigslist and had a guy from around 1200 miles away call me up and tell me that he'd buy it sight unseen for full asking price. Using, of course, cashier's checks. Noped right the fuck out of that deal. He had a very hustle approach about him so it was easy for me to detect, but I've bought and sold quite a few vehicles and I'll tell ya, for your average joe you wouldn't see it coming. I read something about a ring of thieves doing this very thing not too long ago out of chicago, actually.
*4. Distant person offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:
This is ALWAYS a scam in our experience—the cashier's check is FAKE.
Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
Deal often seems too good to be true.
edit because I fucking loved that truck. Owned her for 13 years, and I think she got a good pasture to live out her days. (local pasture for cash)
Never shave your ass hair, this message will reach those who need it. It's not worth it.
Edit: I see there are many victims showing themselves now. For the uninformed and innocent, let this man explain better than I ever could.
he will not pick up the TV and will ask you to wire or send the money back (in some form other than returning the check)
the check may initially clear at the bank but will eventually turn out to be fake, so you will be out of the money you wire back.
deal in cash in-person only on Craigslist
This is some old school copy pasta. I remember seeing a screen cap of this from 4chan in like 2010.
Edit:upon further research it looks like it originated on Craigslist. https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/tpa/409930561.html
I actually had quite the opposite. You see when you shave really well it's just this weird smooth sweaty mess. It's the most uncomfortable thing I have ever felt. While it was not a TIFU moment I won't do it again.
while I'm no master of words
^that guy describes it perfect
>Now, being the target of a couple of easy to spot scams has me on my toes and skeptical.
This is another easy to spot scam.
>Recognizing scams: Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:
>Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
>Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about "the item." Poor grammar/spelling.
>Western Union, Money Gram, cashier check, money order, paypal, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee."
>Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.
The page above literally describes your email.
>is there good PayPal practice to prevent scams like these?
Cash in hand (in person or through Western Union, which will never happen), or no deal.
Emails claiming you are paid but the funds are in escrow, etc. do not mean anything.
Report the scammer to Kijiji, block, move on.
This saved my life... it could help you.
I am not the author, but I wish I could give the author a big hug and buy them a beer and tell them thank you.
Yes, it's definitely a scam.
The unwritten rules to not get scammed on craigslist:
meet in person. Deal locally
don't send money via Western Union, MoneyPak, or any of these other shady payment systems with no fraud protection
don't buy shit that sounds too good to be true
Offers to ship cars are virtually always a scam.
I would bet $100 if you go thru with this, you will get scammed.
The problem is that people are trying to design foods that taste like things our body has evolved to find delicious because they're handy packages of dense calories that a hunter/gatherer type wouldn't want to pass up.
Only we don't want calories in them.
So science figures - one way to do this is to use things that almost trick your body into thinking they're fat/sugars but then they don't get absorbed after you eat them.
Turns out that when you eat things your body doesn't recognize as food, your body treats it like it isn't food. So you end up with fun side effects like "anal leakage" (don't worry - link is SFW) or, ~~if you overdo it, your body going "wtf man are you trying to poison us?! Get this crap out of here!"~~ edit: better explanation for the watery poops by /u/bmc196 below)
It's not a bad theory but, obviously, science is still working out the kinks.
edit2: thank you, /u/Firerain, for this glorious personal anecdote.
Bottom cuts off these two gems:
> "In a brief moment of ecstasy, we will understand everything, and together, create a new universe. Full of love...
> You must like cats. Drugs are OK. Nitrous Oxide while we climax and experience totality and conception, is OK with me."
Very common scam, the check was fake. Your cousin is likely out the money. How did your cousin send the $4800 to the scammer?
They can file a police report but they're not going to get the money back.
Sounds like your cousin broke the first 4 rules on craiglist's "how not to get scammed" page: https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
My research is limited to this comment section, so I don't really know much, but it looks like Backpage is the only one they've actually shut down. However, Craigslist took down their personals, and reddit also closed a bunch subreddits after the bill passed. So, for now, it's mostly sites going offline preemptively.
I found a link to a forum post with a list of websites that had gone offline, but the site was offline...
In the few years I've been looking at Craiglist posts, I've never looked at the Prohibited list until now. I guess $1 posts would fall under
>false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent content; bait and switch; keyword spam
Found this gem in there straight from a horse's mouth
So for the nice guys out there, my advice is this: It's great that you're nice (to an extent), but have some backbone. Don't be a spine donor all your life. When your girl is out of line, say something. Don't let her walk all over you. Occasionally, be a "bad" boy (being bad doesn't translate to abusive or criminal). Say "No" to her sometimes. Raise your voice and be heard. Say something dirty/sexy to her occasionally. Drink a few too many beers and piss out in public. Smack her ass. Don't ever use the word NICE to describe things, especially sex (okay, that may be a personal pet peeve). Have an interest in at LEAST one sport (or pretend to). Drive 5-10 miles over the speed limit once in awhile. Run an old lady off the road just for kicks (yeah, I'm kidding about this one... just ride her bumper for a few miles). Be aggressive during sex. Take off those damn white socks and Jesus sandals. Grow a goatee for a few weeks. Shave your balls. Stray from your routine and shake things up.
TRP teachings no?
Finally tracking down the Dr Phil episodes. This collection was bought by someone on myspleen https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/pdx/6283808412.html so if some dickheads have an account there they could try to find whoever bought it and ask if it included dr phil.
This is the oldest scam in the book and is called the Nigerian scam. Been around for a while surprised they still use it. Your roommate has been hiding under a rock or something. Read the earnings about this and other scams that are very clearly mentioned on Craigslist now.
This is a hilarious post on Craigslist from back in the day. I remember when I first read this, I had just shaved my pits for thr first time and his story really resonated with me.
You could abide CL's advice about how not to get scammed:
> Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
Who just buys a used couch site/sight(???? I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use this term in a way that doesn't refer to real estate) unseen? What if it smelled like cats and human suffering? What type of used non-locally acquired couch is worth nearly $2000? Is it made of dragon skin and unicorn feathers?
Have you contacted her asking to do a return (which she may not be legally obligated to do.)?
I didn't open the link but after reading the quoted line "hit resonance frequency of the stall" I knew that I'd long ago read it on the best of craigslist: https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nyc/333345372.html
Of course this is a scam. That's why craigslist says again and again: Avoid scams, deal locally. If you cannot meet (face to face) the person buying, selling, renting, or hiring, then move on to the next opportunity.
> Later on, trying to deal as best I could, wiping my ass at every opportunity, I discovered another wonderful use for ass-hair - ventilation. I attempted to launch a fart, only to have it get stuck between my asscheeks. Apparently, with no hair, the two pink twins can get vacuum sealed together, and the result was a frustrating fart that slid up and down between my cheeks like a lost gerbil.
Of course it's a scam.
Any time a check is involved, it's a scam.
Any time overpayment is involved, it's a scam.
Any time you are asked to pay a third party or send some money back, it's a scam.
Take screenshots first with the link addresss in case you need to contact the police. Craigslist would have the IP it came from and it can be tracked down.
I saw this on craigslist: https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
This is very likely to be a scam.
The fact that they are offering extra money (without you asking anything) is a red flag.
Please read this page if you haven't already:
Wow. I felt stupid for doing that to purchase a coffee maker (that later turned out to be broken). He paid 4k for a car with no title? How old was he? It sounds like something a kid would do, but I can't imagine a kid having that much money in cash. Your son might want to check out the craigslist scam information before he does any more business on craigslist.
craigslist does not sell tickets, you did not send money to craigslist, and craigslist is not involved in any transaction you entered into, and there is nothing craigslist can do to get you a 'refund'
All craiglsist does is offer a classified ad posting service.
Also, there are warnings all over the site to deal locally, in-person, face-to-face only, and to not send money to strangers you've never met for items you've never seen.
You have almost certainly been scammed, you will never see any money you sent again, and the person you sent money to had no tickets for sale. Hopefully this lesson did not cost you too much.
At the bottom of EVERY ad posted on craigslist the following notice is shown.
<em>Avoid scams, deal locally</em> Beware wiring (e.g. Western Union), cashier checks, money orders, shipping.
And it links to:
Which includes this information:
>Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
>Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
>Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.
>Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
>Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
>Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a "guarantee".
>Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
>Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.
What is the point when all the proposed negative effects of ending Net Neutrality are all ready here with FOSTA being passed. Websites are closing down, websites are axing functionality and new competition and upstarts are put in a vulnerable position if they want user generated content. So yeah, people did not fight the good fight when it mattered and we lost the free and open web not due to Net Neutrality but to FOSTA. Don't believe me check out Craigslist's personals section.
You are incorrect. CL shutdown 100% because of the recent ruling and law change.
See for yourself, https://www.craigslist.org/about/FOSTA
This is the same reason reddit recently cracked down on all of the DarkNetMarket subs and some of the guns and electronic cigarette subs. The reddit admins have reinstated a few subs like r/gundeals and r/ejuice though.
<strong>Here is a megethread</strong> over in r/gundeals if you want to read all about it.
Craigslist already has a warning that you should meet people in person and avoid sending money online.
"Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts."
As someone who works for a railroad, this comment from a Cragistlist post is apt:
>A train is really, really big. Can we all accept that? Not even your Ram/F350/Hummer/douche-mobile is a match for a locomotive. You say you have a Cummins diesel? Caterpillar? Detroit? Oooooooh. Well I have an EMD 567 on a bad day, and even its pathetic eighteen-hundred horsepower will pound you and your gleaming pickup into the fourth dimension, so please, stay behind the white line!
This video is also pretty epic:
Another problem is legislation that makes it a liability to create websites that do function more as public spaces.
Imagine if public libraries were blamed for JFK's assassination because Lee Harvey Oswald read Catcher In The Rye.
I would not be surprised if the dating site cartel had lobbied for such "childproof the internet" laws. Like the monster in Stephen King's IT, this garbage seems to arise anew to plague each generation. Surely this time we will get some security in exchange for our liberty.
The short answer: Do a search with the criteria for price, picture included, etc, grab the url from your browser from the search results page, and then append &format=rss to the end and you have the link to the feed. Then use it with whatever rss feed reader you use.
Looking for a studio apartment?
Done. Anything with sxsw in the post or title will be filtered out of your search results. This is a nonissue if you rtfm.
Behold the original, full length Best of Craigslist post describing the adventure of ass shaving in hilariously excruciating detail
Edit: holy crap this was originally from 2004. Damn I'm old...
I don't know where you heard that lie. Craigslist already explained things pretty well on this page. You don't seem to have read that but you really should now.
OP why you copy paste from a post that is now over 10 years old?
You didn't even change anything.
ooo... yeah... hmmm...
You realize that for most people it takes multiple sessions, right? So you're going to have to shave down your ass, get zapped... let some time pass, shave it down, get zapped.. etc...
Then there's this gem to consider...
Not a fast joke, but I wrote this a number of years ago when I was pissed off after a night shift in the ER.
I sent it off into the ether of CL rants and raves because that's not something that I could post on my facebook. I only realized it'd made CL because I saw it posted elsewhere.
It's almost certainly a joke.
The left-side image shows up in many articles online about possums, including this one. I think it's a go-to stock image.
The right-side image even shows up in past internet postings joking about a lost cat.
It's probably not as common. I looked it up on the internetz and the first two sites that came up looked dead. And there's this gem from Craigslist, from 2004: https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nyc/29243897.html?lang=en&cc=us
Your friend who is local will soon find out that there is no actual room, and you just got scammed out of $1250 in a classic Nigerian / Craigslist scam.
Start looking for another room today, and find one you can personally see, not one you see pictures of on Craigslist.
I'm not sure that you anything you did qualifies as due diligence. If you had bothered to read Cragslist's scam page, you wouldn't have accepted Venmo or a check. Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
Craigslist even has a page that lists this specific scam.
> I don't see why it would be a problem for him to wire this money to the supplier himself
Exactly. There is no supplier, there are no supplies, the check isn't valid.
If you’re gonna use Craigslist, at least read the website’s warnings:
Your example is a like a word for word copy of what they link to on the bottom of the example of common scams.
The bank will cash the check -- it being a bank check -- and then later the check will turn out to be fraudulent, and you'll be stuck having to pay the balance back to the bank.
This is old. Good on you for noticing it is likely a scam.
So, Manhood Camping?
>Manhood Camping Firequest. Lookin' for a 100% for real bros to share/experience manhood in all its glory. This is for real, I don't want to waste my time or yours. 100% JO and manhood, no sugar added. I AM NOT GAY. Don't even think this is a sex thing, it's all about manhood.
>Looking for bros to head into the woods and bond by fire, experience life as men once lived it, JO circle, and fire/vision quests.
>THIS IS NOT A SEX THING.
>Gonna need some basic things/skills, I don't want to be slowed down by fools:
>- must be in reasonable shape, if you get winded walking then stay home
>- Ed Hardy camping gear, it's really good gear and it's awesome
Full text at link. ITS NOT A SEX THING!!!!
I shared this thread with a friend, and he in turned shared this:
I swear this is one of the best reading I have ever done today. Go read it, if you enjoyed this thread :)
You should really really read this short story by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of BoJack Horseman: https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nyc/3985247459.html. It really captures the feeling of missed connections and the hope of falling in love on the subway.
what's great about craigslist is they're committed to being like the old classifieds and NOT getting involved in the communications or transaction.
to be fair, they're pretty clear about scams on their site and they even remind you when you post your ad:
No matter how much TP I ever used, it just doesn't feel clean. The biggest reason is I've got a really hairy ass, and there is no way in hell am I shaving that off.
Its a scam. That pre-payment to "show how serious they are" will be a cashier/certified check.
"Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible" from https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
You got played. Craigslist is meant for LOCALS only. Anyone emailing you from 'out of town' looking for a common item that can be had in any Craigslist location is going to scam you. The basis for any scam is to turn something that is not money (checks, bank info, credit card info, etc.) into cold hard cash. Think about it, why couldn't he just Western Union you the money? Why couldn't he just hand the cash to the "movers" to pass along to you once they acquired the item? Why would he need to send you a check, have you cash it and then take out cold hard cash for you to Western Union elsewhere? Because the check is fake (or the bank info/credit card info you were given is stolen). The check didn't clear, the money was just made available to you because the bank has to do that by law. You could walk in there with a name and dollar amount written on a paper napkin and as long as there was a routing number and checking account number on it, they would cash it. Actually clearing a check takes weeks if not months and once it's discovered the check is fake, the money is going to be deducted from your account and any overdraft fees are going to apply. They will probably close your account and you will be held responsible for any legal consequences regarding your bank account. The money will never be recoverable because Western Union provides no verification of documentation of it's transactions. You could send money using that service to someone named Computer Tube. All someone would need to do is walk up, say they're there to collect money for Computer Tube and walk out no questions asked. Craigslist actually has a very detailed description about this kind of scam that can be found on their website here: https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
Do it, don't tell anyone until after it's done, and make digital / scanned copies of all relevant documents (medical paperwork such as invoices, receipts, or bills for the procedure, signed notes from all medical personnel directly involved, etc.) for your own records, like that guy in the classic Craigslist copypasta story did. Even if the story itself might not be true, and even if you never face a paternity suit in future, it's good to have records.
No legitimate buyer would send a good check to a stranger - this will be a fake check and you will never see a penny.
You may lose money, your item or both, but you will never sell it to this person.
Report them to craigslist, look for actualy buyers that are willing to meet in person and pay cash.
Even then, learn how to spot fake cash. Dealing with strangers is tough.
100% scam. The check will be for more than you selling the stuff for. They will then ask that you send a portion of the over payment back in a way that cannot be clawed back. IE Western Union. Weeks later you will learn the bad news when your bank informs you that the check was fake and they remove the money from your account.
Read this page:
Remote deals are super, extra shady. There's usually an advance-fee con, or a forged cashier's check which you end up paying. Conveniently not available for prosecution.
Emotional story to draw in what's a majority male market.
See https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams for details; you check half the boxes here.
Do you have the posting link? I can check out the photos for another clue.
I assume you're referencing this?
It's been so long I wonder how many people know about this. I'd only join your sacrifice to beat clemson and/or uga this year.
-edited to correct shameful grammar
>Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.
>Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the "loser," and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.
>I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.
>Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.
>When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3x5 card reading, "Please use this M&M for breeding purposes."
>This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this "grant money." I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.
>There can be only one.
>> Can I scalp my ticket or popular gift item on craigslist?
>Many users will flag posts scalping tickets or popular gift items for way over face value.
Staff is even cool with it.
That’s the oldest scam on Craigslist. Probably as old as Craigslist itself. Block and ignore and familiarize yourself with common scams if you’re using it to sell.
Yes, of course herpes would be unfortunate and life long, but ultimately not life threatening or worth being as shamed about as we’ve all been taught. I hope my close gay friends don’t contract any STIs, but even if they did, I certainly wouldn’t judge them, and even if they do wrap it up all the time, they could still catch it. I’m not trying to minimize the annoyance of “the herp” (sorry, that one line gets me every time, and I take the opportunity to share it anytime I can, lol), but there are certainly worse things they could contract, and they’re actively treating themselves to prevent the literal worst. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Honestly, I worry more about any of them being drawn into PnP than the herp.
There is an amazing best of Craigslist post from the Triassic period explain the exact process and the resulting torture you go through by doing this.
Here it is https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/lax/35274458.html?lang=en&cc=us
>any suggestions on how to proceed cautiously?
Do not send any money.
Any money you already sent are lost.
Do not buy a car that you are not able to inspect in person before committing to buying it.
Any "escrow" or "shipping" service you are provided with are the scammers themselves. The car fax is fake. The car does not belong to the scammers and will never be shipped anywhere.
Since you've clearly never seen this page, read it now:
Stop believing in "too good to be true" deals. They only exist as mirages designed to part the naive from their money.
>I found a car on craigslist listed in the Brooklyn area but the woman said she moved to Kansas City MO and has the car with her there.
And she could not be bothered to delete the Brooklyn listing and list it in KC, right? Much better to ship it sight unsees to some schmoe in Brooklyn, eh? If you believe that story, I have a nice bridge to sell you. Google the Tappan Zee bridge - you'll get rich from the toll money you get to collect after buying the title from me.
Lol Bikram, the most bullshit of yogas. I think it's the whole heat makes it feel more difficult therefore it must be better and sweating out all that water weight makes you look slimmer. Plus the founder is the worst in terms of personality cult.
At least it gave us this
Oh, so a strawman argument then? Yes, you're right that is way better than trolling!
And, yes, you're right strawman respectful guy who has a crush on his female friend but realizes that no one owes him sex isn't an evil rapist.
No one here is talking about strawman respectful guy with a crush though. We've got no gripe with him! He's living his mature, well-adjusted life and will probably soon find someone who feels the same way about him as he does about her!
We're talking about these guys. These guys are the problem...however, even these guys aren't rapists unless they commit a rape. All we can tell from these posts is that they're entitled dicks!
You should not arrange housing until you are in CA and can meet landlords and visit places in person.
Ignore any ad where they say they will send you the keys before you have seen the place. Especially ignore any ad that says do not bother the current tenant. That's probably because this scammer doesn't even own this apartment.
Try looking on /r/sfbayhousing or Craigslist. Be aware of scams.
I think by definition, any lodging in San Francisco will allow you to experience "city life". The question is what type of "city life" you want to experience.
Demain après-midi: bbq/hot dog gratis pour tout ceux qui veulent se présenter et frisbee. Dans le coin de St-Henri, envoyez moi un pm pour l'emplacement exacte. No strings attached.
The scam is that the check is fake. They are going to threaten and harass you until you send them money from the check, but the catch is that in a week the bank is going to realize it is fake and deduct the value from your account. Oops! You've already withdrawn it and sent it via a method that can't be refunded, so now they have the cash and you have -$1500 in your account.
Ignore all their attempts at contact, do not respond, and call your bank and let them know you may have fallen for this scam. It's very common and they will handle it.
If you intend to do more selling on craigslist, read over their scam section. This is one of the most common scams on the entire internet. Literally every time I post to craigslist I get someone trying to pull this.
I mean, there are like multiple huge red flags in what you posted.
Edit: Here's the "scams" advice on Craigslist. These are good rules. Follow them.
Other have already pointed out that it's a scam but I wanted to mention that craigslist actually has a Scam page that I would recommend you take a look at, the page can be found here.
The page lists a lot of the most common types of scams that you will come across on craigslist, which is quite useful in order to know what to look out for.
The exact type of scam you encountered is in fact listed on that page, I'll quote it below:
> Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check:
>* You receive an email or text (examples below) offering to buy your item, pay for your services in advance, or rent your apartment, sight unseen and without meeting you in person.
* A cashier's check is offered for your sale item as a deposit for an apartment or for your services.
Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item—scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
* Banks will cash fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, sometimes including criminal prosecution.
* Scams often pretend to involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate, etc.).
I'm really sorry that this happened to you. We can all use it as reminder to always watch out for this kind of stuff. It happens every single year. Remember to check out the craigslist avoiding scams page
3. Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union)
This is such a common scam that Craigslist directly warns you about it. If you're going to be looking for gigs or work on Craigslist, you really need to read up on common scams.
I'm not CF and I rarely comment, though I do lurk on occasion. There's a Craigslist account with a similar situation.
>Seemed legit at the time.
If anything about this seemed legit to you at any point in time then you might want to really study how online scams work before proceeding.
Why on earth would some person you have never met trust and send you a check for $2,450 that you could easily run away with? They wouldn't. What particular qualifications do you possess that they would need to send you $2,450 instead of someone else?
Here's a good place to start regarding online scams:
Although that page is tailored to scams found on craigslist much of that applies in your particular situation.
>bank is sending a letter to me supposedly?
Many banks will charge you a bad check fee for depositing a fake check and wasting their time. Other banks will close your accounts, report you to chex systems, and refuse to do further business with you because you now represent a risk to the bank. Banks loath to lose money. They have no way to know if you are the victim or the scammer. To them you are either someone who easily falls for scams that could cost them money or trying to scam the bank yourself. Don't be surprised if the bank nukes your accounts in either case.
>Anyone dealt with this before?
Variations of "I received a cashier's check and it was fake" posts show up in this sub daily.
Also the police and government will be powerless to help you. The scammers don't live in your town or even your country. They are quite often from India or west Africa. It doesn't matter if you have the mailings and text messages the scammers won't be arrested. They are probably busy sending out another 200 fake cashier's checks today to other "secret shoppers."
Scam. 100% How many times does it need to happen before people realize that anything involving third parties or shipping on Craigslist is a scam? Craigslist is meant to be a local, person to person transaction.
Най-вероятно отиваш на 4. Няма да ти преведат парите по сметка преди да си пратил лаптопа. ще ти пратят чек или друг документ от банка гарантиращ че ще преведът, ама друг път... В САЩ лаптопите са по евтини. Никой няма да купи от тук и да прати там.
>So I put up a craigslist ad
And was immediately told during that process before even selecting the category of ad (and multiple times after):
>Avoid scams. Deal locally and meet in person. Beware shipping, wire transfers, cashier checks
What more can craigslist do?
It's definitely a scam. You should read Craigslist's scam advice and follow their recomendations. Also, nothing about that company looks okay. It has a Canadian flag picture, claims to be registered in England and Wales but isn't, has a bunch of logos at the bottom of the page but isn't actually partnered with any of the companies and haven't received the awards they claim to have received, and the domain was registered last week.
When you posted the ad, craigslist said (more than once):
>Avoid scams. Deal locally and meet in person. Beware shipping, wire transfers, cashier checks. Learn more.
Why did you ignore that? Oh well - go read the safety page now and all your questions will be answered.
The problem is that you have already been scammed if you transferred money out of your account to pay for various things. This is why craigslist has those warnings about "all offers to buy a car out of state are fraudulent". Somehow scammers have found a way to spoof certified checks so that they originally clear, but ten days later the bank says whoops, that was a scam give us the money.
Here is some more info:
Somebody listed the Nimitz for sale when she broke down in San Diego back in 2011 or so. This isn’t that listing, but a similar one. Keep an eye out, they pop up from time to time when her crew gets sufficiently disgruntled. https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/min/1603624338.html
We have plenty of previous discussions, but not specifically targeted at your age group. Will you be working and/or commuting elsewhere? Will you have a car (and need parking)?
Craigslist has some options, but be sure to avoid scams and fraud.
I think the West Portal neighborhood would be a good choice. Easy access to downtown, a safe neighborhood, close to Stern Grove and easy trip to Golden Gate Park, etc.
Craigslist has general information about whom to contact if you encounter a scam: https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
That page also has a link to their contact page so you can inform them when the scam is related to a post on their site. They should be able to take action on it, but only if you report it.
like, in and around your b hole wax? or just the cheeks?
also i read a craigslist article about some guy who shaved his ass, and then had to take a long bike ride to work, then walk up a dozen flights of steps. He needed an asshole transplant. im willing to give you a pass on this one if others are.
Actual article for reference
One small thing though. They live in Minnesota and craigslist told you on this ad and every ad and every page to avoid scams by dealing locally. You really should read this.
~~I think there is a huge difference between what legal standards an apartment complex has to follow vs what a basement apartment has to follow.
Afaik, landlords that have a few units can do a lot of things an apartment complex can't, including discriminating on certain things.
I wonder if OP could elaborate and tell us if these "LDS standards" apartments are basement apartments. Because that would make a lot of sense.~~
It looks like its a federal standard, with few exceptions. Of all people, craigslist has a good section on it, with links to references! OP might be able to complain to craigslist to have their ad removed!
You can look on Craigslist itself:
> 4: Distant person offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:
> This is ALWAYS a scam in our experience—the cashier's check is FAKE.
Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
Deal often seems too good to be true.
Your post reminded me a classic article on craiglist about women's preferences about sex:
Reminds me of the local woman who rescued a lost bobcat a few years ago.
>Almost lost my fingers this morning trying to pet him. Has been growling and hissing and calling all morning He is just a big grouch.
I wish I had an award to give you lol. But you seem like the author of this story “DONT SHAVE THAT ASS HAIR.” Be prepared this is the funniest thing I’ve ever read and it’s worth it https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/lax/35274458.html
- be sure you are choosing the individual category where ads for what you're looking for would be posted, instead of searching "all for sale"
- use the min/max price search to exclude ads that list a price that is wildly out of range of what would be reasonable for what you're seeking.
- consider "title only" search.
- try choosing only "by owner" if there seems to be lots of spam in "by dealer"
- if there is lots of spam with similar phrases or keywords, use negative keywords to exclude those ads.
If you mention which city/site you're looking on, I could take a look at the "spam" results you're finding and offer you any specific tips applicable to that specific spam I notice.
Also, you can review the various search features craigslist offers at:
I admit that I'm pretty merciless about hitting the misnamed "Prohibited" button on posts that are repeated within a 48-hour period, given they're actually against the rules.