The internet and its expansive reach have provided an infinite number of opportunities in business, the consumer market, and personal engagement. However, the same technology that has made it easier for people to engage one another on all levels has also served as fertile soil for the criminal enterprise on all levels. One entity, in particular, as proven more fertile the most —Craigslist. A site that was once known as the quickest way find what you want and sell what you don’t want is now notorious for setups and scams. While the problem with Craigslist seems to be one of “global” proportions, every city has their own page, and this article will address the money scams that are prevalent in the Cincinnati area.
The goal is to make people in the area aware of the potential risks and dangers associated with conducted business on Craigslist. The fact that we are highlighting the criminal activity on Craigslist Cincinnati does not mean that the site no longer provides great opportunities for great deals, it is simply becoming increasingly difficult to tell the good from the bad.
Following are five of the most prevalent money scams on Craigslist Cincinnati.
1. The Car Scam
I live in Houston where it is almost impossible to live without having a vehicle, so I understand the need for finding a car for a good price. While Cincinnati is not nearly the size of Houston, it is a metropolitan city and the need for adequate transportation has a lot of people searching for deals. There are various car scams taking place on Craigslist, so anyone looking to buy or sell a car on the site should be very careful. Once scam involves the perpetrator asking the buyer to send a deposit to reserve the price and hold the car. In most cases, the buyer never gets the car and never sees their money again.
2. Rental Scams
Another prevalent area in which online scams are on the rise is in real estate, and one of the primary scams running is the rental scam. There are several different rental scams that are common on Craigslist. One of the most common is the situation in which scammers are showing and taking money for properties they don’t own or manage. In one situation, at least, the victim and their family actually moved into the house, only to find out that the home belonged to someone else and they were in the process of selling it. In other instances, the scammers simply took the deposit and application fee and disappeared.
3. Financial Services
With the economy being so volatile, there are a lot of people who are attempting to become smarter money managers. As you can imagine, many of them are looking for bargain deals for financial advisors. The truth is that bargain deals in this area rarely workout in the interest of the paying customer, and in many instances, the person taking your money is not a financial advisor at all. On the link for this section, there is a long list of ads that are obviously scams. One ad says make $1 million in 2018 and another says credit repair sweep — all three bureaus. What I can tell you from expertise is that both of those promises are highly unlikely to be fulfilled legally.
4. Tax Scams Are On The Rise
There are several tax-related scams that are on the rise on Craigslist. When looking for ways to cut your tax liability, I advise you to hire a reputable tax attorney or CPA. Contacting these tax offices that are springing up like mushrooms can land you in a world of hurt. Not only can you lose money paid to these fakes, but in the case where they actually complete your tax return, you could land in hot water with the IRS. Many of these scammers are using the access they have to personal information to steal identities, while others are charges for services that they cannot deliver.
5. Scary Porn Blackmail Scams
Okay, here is a scam that starts on a slippery slope and continues to slide downward. For the record, while I am not a fan of pornography of any kind, adult pornography is perfectly legal. With that being said, most people like to keep their pornographic fetishes secret. There are instances in which links on Craigslist that lead to secret porno sites end with someone contacting the person who visited the site to blackmail or extort them by threatening to share the fact that they visited the site. This is actually rather common. If you are a fan of pornography, it might be in your best interest to stock your own stash.
Written by Rick Wallace
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