There is no doubt that the scams on Craigslist have been running rampant for a very long time now. People all across the country report various types of scams, ranging from scams about job listings to those who are trying to buy or sell something. Some of the scams are more elaborate than others, and the overwhelming majority of them are tied to some type of issue with housing. That being said, people still find themselves caught up in one kind of scam or another. In this particular case, it’s all about the scams that are going on in and around Bakersfield, California. If you’re curious about learning more, all you need to do is read through these five examples of scams listed below. If you want a more in-depth take on the situation, click on the associated links to find out more.
1. Housing on Craigslist Can be Sketchy at Best
At this point, you really have to wonder why anyone would even be the least bit interested in looking at Craigslist for housing. Sure, they’re looking for that special deal that gives them an opportunity to get a great house for very little money. The problem is, when you find that type of so-called deal on Craigslist or anywhere else, you’re looking at nothing more than a scam nine times out of ten.
2. Sometimes You’re Very Much in Danger
When people think about scams on Craigslist, they usually think about the possibility of them losing some money. While that’s bad enough in and of itself, most people don’t really spend much time thinking about how bad things could potentially get. In this particular case, the individual that was planning on making a sale was robbed and then shot. It’s always important to remember that some of the people that troll Craigslist and sites like it are career criminals, looking for a way to steal high-dollar items and get away with your cash at the same time. If they have to shoot you or someone that you’re with in the process in order for things to go their way, they’re not afraid to do it. That’s why you should always use extreme caution anytime you’re buying or selling anything.
3. Still More Problems with Housing
It’s gotten to the point where it almost seems like there’s no use in mentioning all of the housing scams involved on Craigslist. It’s not at all uncommon to find a handful of these scams going on at the same time in the same general vicinity. Considering the amount of work that most municipalities have put into trying to warn people, it’s somewhat difficult to understand why so many people are still being taken advantage of with this type of scam. Nevertheless, it continues on, just as it does with the story linked above.
4. Breaking in to Scam You Out of Your Money
This is happening in other cities, too. The housing scam has become so prolific around the country that criminals have decided to break into houses that are actually for sale or rent. Once they get in there, they change the locks on the doors and then place an ad on Craigslist for the property. Typically, no one finds out that any crime has taken place until the people who thought they bought or rented the property show up to move in and find out they have no house to call their home.
5. The Credit Check Scam
This one starts out innocently enough, or at least it seems that way. You apply for a job, try to get a rental, or make another major purchase. The person who placed the ad sends you an email telling you that you need to click on a link in order to give permission for them to conduct a credit check. Whatever you do, don’t click on that link. It’s nothing but a scam, designed to steal all of your personal information. This can then be used to steal your identity, drain your bank account, so on and so forth. In other words, be careful what you decide to click on and don’t give your personal information out freely.