Five Money Scams to Watch Out for on Craigslist Greensboro
The Greensboro Craigslist online classified ads give locals a great way to advertise miscellaneous items that they have for sale. It’s mutually beneficial for the sellers who can make a little extra money on things that they no longer need, and the buyers usually get items for a reasonable price. You’ll find cars, trucks, boats furniture, event tickets and much more. There are also homes for rent and sale on the site as well as offers for jobs. Most people who use the site have been fortunate and enjoyed mutually beneficial transactions, but, scammers have learned that Craigslist is the ideal place for them to prey on the innocent and unsuspecting. While it’s still a good site to use, here are five money scams to watch out for on Craigslist Greenboro.
1. Fake check scam on Craigslist
James Simmons from Greenboro, North Carolina posted a scooter for sale on Craigslist for $675. An interested party contacted him and made arrangements to purchase the scooter. As promised, UPS delivered a check for the purchase, but it was made out for $2,200 which was much more than the selling price. The seller told him to keep the price of the scooter and forward the rest to a moving company via wire funds transfer. Simmons deposited the check in his bank account and did as he was instructed. He said that the check looked authentic, but a few days later the bank contacted him to inform him that the check was a fake and that he was responsible for the total amount of the check plus the bank fees.
2. Car scam on Craigslist Greensboro
Watch out for a car scam that advertises vehicles for sale and then stipulates that the payments much be made through eBay. This is a phony eBay site and not the real one. It’s set up by scammers to look official. The con artists have victims pay a link to this site that they email to them. The wire transfer is used to pay for the vehicle plus shipping. The scammers tell their victims that once the funds are receive on the site they will forward the information to the shipper to have the car delivered. A few days after making the payment , the purchasers realize that they’e been scammer when they contact eBay about delivery.
3. Craigslist phony check scam
This is yet another fake check scam that is taking advantage of Craigslist sellers. A Greensboro man posted a set of tires for sale on the site. He was contacted by a buyer and agreed to sell the tires to him for $450. When the check arrived, it was made out for $1,780. The con artist told him to send the remainder of the funds to a shipper. He immediately became suspicious and checked it out to discover that this was a scam and he’d nearly fallen for it.
4. Craigslist rental scam
Michael Brown was running a company that he called the Credit Bureau Center. He posted fake property ads on Craigslist offering free credit reports and he gulled people into signing up for credit monitoring services that would end up costing them a lot of money. This is a new take on swindling. They also took potential renters on tours of properties that they either didn’t own or were not authorized to rent. They tricked people into signing up for free credit reports from MyScore and fraudulently signed them up for a service that would charge each of them $29.94 per month. After being caught by the FTC, he and his cronies were taken to court and ordered to pay $5.2 million in restitution to the people he scammed.
5. Fake job scam on Craigslist
John Hearn responded to a job offer he saw posted on Craigslist. It offered $20 per hour to perform light tasks for a family that was supposed to be moving from out of state. It involved landscaping work. After agreeing to take the position, he was sent a check for the first week’s work. It was supposed to be for $300, but was instead for $1,450. When he contacted the sender, they told him that he was to deposit the check into his bank and then wire the rest of the money to an art dealer for the purchase of art for the couple’s new home. He did as he was instructed and wired the money. A few days later, he learned that the check was a fake and that he was responsible for making it good plus paying for the bank fees. It was a scam.