Craigslist may be the best site for placing and viewing classified ads, but it is definitely not a 100% percent safe. Craigslist is overflowing with scams and phony listings mixed in along with the legitimate posts. The Staff can’t monitor every post nor can they catch such scammers without concrete evidence. This time we take a look at one specific site called Craigslist Portland which is also heavily impacted by scam artists. Here are five major scam warnings that may help you to avoid getting ripped off.
Craigslist Portland Hoax Scam
This scam has been reported several times in the region. Whenever a local resident was forced to leave town in a hurry, scammers would post ads that notified all viewers of a free residence in the area. Everything inside the residence was free to the public on a first come first serve basis. By the time the real owner would return his or her house would be emptied by scavengers and looters. Sometimes people even lost their entire property due to this scam.
Fake Best Buy Scam
This scam is much more innovative than the usual scams you will often hear. The scammer will try to sell an item using a best buy name tag with a made-up name on it, claiming to work for a franchise or store. The scammer will then convince his victim to meet at a public place. The scammer will bring along the item wrapped up in a sealed box with official advertisements and brand logos. Once he is paid, the scammer will rush off from the scene leaving the box with the victim. On opening the box nothing would be found inside.
Rental Home Scam
This scam involves rental home listings in the Portland region. Scammers will go through real home listings and clone the information so that there is an authentic address associated with their fake ad. However, they change the contact information and set up scam payments that are difficult to trace. They even go so far as to have potential renters to fill out fake applications and forms, to avoid getting caught. This is the most common scam out there so be on wary when you browse house listings on Craigslist Portland.