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I got screwed. Now what?

Remember my last question about selling a camera on Craigslist? Well, only days later it was gone - not sold, but stolen by a scammer who convinced me to accept payment via Venmo. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 16, 2016 - 28 answers

Finding a reputable casting call in Seattle

I've recently been interested in being an extra or a bit part or contestant in some kind of production. This is completely a curiosity and not some profound career change. How do I go about this without wasting all of my time and ending up around creepy people? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 16, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I find out if this craigslist-posted vacation rental is a scam?

We are trying to reserve a vacation rental in Key West FL that has set off some red flags as to its legitimacy. What question can we ask the contact person to help figure out if this is a legitimate rental or a scam? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Nov 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Clueless about Craigslist

Is this response to my Craigslist ad weird/a scam? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Jul 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

What scam am I a victim of?

I applied for an administrative assistant job posted on Craigslist and a man offered me a position for a start-up business in the small mid-western city we live in. We exchanged some e-mails and agreed to the terms that I would run some errands for him (for pay) while he was overseas for 3 weeks. He sent me a check for $2500, $300 of which is my pay and the rest is to complete some tasks. The check is a cashier's check from a third party who owes him money. This all feels fishy and I feel stupid. What's really going on?
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2013 - 20 answers

Finding Home, Avoiding Scammers: Craigslist Edition

How do I avoid Craigslist real-estate shysters? Added wrinkle: long-distance. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jul 30, 2012 - 13 answers

How best to use Airbnb as a host?

I finally got my act together and put my Brooklyn apartment up on Airbnb this morning. I'm a little surprised to be already receiving inquiries, and I realize now I really don't know how to vet these potential renters. For those who have hosted through the site before, what criteria do you use? Is no photo a red flag or is that normal? Is it suspicious or ordinary for them not to have much of a profile filled out? Are there specific questions I should be asking in my initial reply? (Will it make them suspicious if I ask for identifying information?) Are there scams to watch out for? Is there anything you'd add to a listing to head off potential trouble? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Jul 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Am I being scammed on Craigslist?

Am I being scammed on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Sep 3, 2011 - 34 answers

Misadventures in Renting

Security deposit ripped off by roommate [more inside]
posted by marakesh on May 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Craigslist scammer?

Trying to sell TV on Craigslist. Does this email seem like a potential scam or legit business? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Apr 2, 2011 - 25 answers

Craigslist scam or legit?

Has anyone ever bought from someone on Craigslist selling at wholesale prices referring to themselves as a "dealer"? Not incuding cars. [more inside]
posted by phishie on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Another Craiglist apartment scam?

Is this an apartment scam? A friend of mine is looking for an apartment in San Francisco. He found a posting on Craigslist and the price and location work for him but there are a few warning flags. [more inside]
posted by simplethings on Sep 28, 2010 - 47 answers

It's not a Nigerian money order, but......

I'm trying to sell my car: is this potential buyer trying to scam me by paying with a "credit card check?" [more inside]
posted by otolith on Aug 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Scammers or "real" people?

I'm trying to sell an inexpensive item on Craigslist. I've received a couple of responses from interested people, but how can I tell if they're "real"? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Aug 23, 2010 - 22 answers

Macbook Pro's are great, but at what cost?

I am considering the local purchase of a Macbook Pro on Craiglist. Some of the circumstances around the sale are making me skeptical. I would appreciate your thoughts and advice. [more inside]
posted by karizma on Aug 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Am I getting scammed via craigslist?

I'm not sure if I'm being ripped off on craigslist with this one....he says he'll pay me with paypal. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Aug 17, 2010 - 28 answers

I am getting scammed on craigslist and now I'm getting a bit worried. What should I do? Details inside.

I am getting scammed on craigslist and now I'm getting a bit worried. What should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jun 12, 2010 - 29 answers

Nigerian scammer has my info...help!

A Nigerian Scammer has my full name and webpage address...what should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Dec 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Gemstone scam?

A friend of mine has become involved in a new... "job" It sounds too good to be true so it must be! [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Jun 30, 2009 - 74 answers

To swat a scammer?

I have a foreign scammer trying to get me on a Craigslist item that just won't take the hint and give up. Should I ignore them, or should I make their lives miserable? [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI on Apr 30, 2009 - 25 answers

What scam are these macbook box bandits running?

We've had to buy five macbooks in three years because of a couple of apartment break-ins. Now we're moving (because of apartment break-ins). I put up the old macbook boxes up for free (seem too nice just to recycle) on Craigslist and got a surprising number of takers. Is there a scam here? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket on Apr 25, 2009 - 19 answers

Help keep me from getting ripped off!

Making an expensive, long-distance purchase. He only accepts "cashier's checks/money orders". How do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Jan 15, 2009 - 16 answers

How to purchase an item from Craigslist long distance?

Is there any way to ensure a Craigslist sale is legit for an item I want to purchase in another city? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Nov 26, 2008 - 7 answers

(too) Cheap car with escrow. What could go wrong?

She's selling the Mini for $10k under retail and will ship it out here at no cost for me to inspect. It's just like nice Mr. Oreck and his vacuum cleaners! So what's the scam? Or is it too good and true? [more inside]
posted by niles on Sep 19, 2008 - 30 answers

Craigslist scam?

Is this apartment ad on Craigslist a scam? It seems too good to be true of course, and it links to a suspicious-looking URL where they ask that interested people fax them a credit score. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu on Aug 28, 2008 - 14 answers

Craigslist offer: Scam? Legit?

Craigslist offer to buy an item I'm selling: Scam? Legit? Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Aug 13, 2008 - 28 answers

Renting an apartment on Craigslist - 4 very similar applicants. Is this a scam?

Renting an apartment on Craigslist - 4 very similar applicants. Is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by bradn on May 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Is this courier job a scam?

Is this courier business a scam? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Oct 29, 2007 - 10 answers

Protect against apartment rental scam

How can I protect myself from a scam when I can't check out the apartment in person? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane on Jul 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Avoiding an Internet Scam

I am pretty sure I am caught up in an Internet scam, and I want to know the best way to proceed to make sure I cover all my bases. [more inside]
posted by mto on Jun 20, 2007 - 24 answers

What scam is this?

I posted an electronics item for sale on craigslist and began receiving several questionable offers for purchase, but none that are explicitly described by craigslist as a scam. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Jul 8, 2006 - 13 answers

Scammer scamming

I'm exchanging emails with a scammer who wants me to buy his "car". What should I do? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot on Feb 28, 2006 - 25 answers

Is this online job a scam?

Does anyone have any experience with a company called Entertainment Media Consultants, Ltd.? I answered a craigslist ad for an online job from them and something about it is starting to bug me. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Feb 10, 2006 - 21 answers

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