Five Money Scams to Watch Out for on Craigslist Lubbock

Craigslist is a website that can be very useful if you’re sure that you’re not going to get scammed when you decide to buy something there. The trick is to do your homework and make sure that you’re not falling victim to one of the hundreds or even thousands of scams that go on through the site every single day, in every part of the country. Part of that is making yourself aware of similar things that have already happened so you don’t end up becoming a victim as well. If you live in or around Lubbock, Texas, here are five Craigslist scams that you need to watch out for, complete with links to each story.

1. It’s Housing Again

In this particular case, the person responsible for creating the scam has been arrested and is currently awaiting trial. That being said, he managed to scam many individuals out of a great deal of money before he was caught. Right now, they think that he scammed six different individuals out of about $900 each. This money was supposed to have gone to a house that was going to be rented. The problem is, he was advertising a house for rent that he never owned in the first place. In fact, that house was up for sale and was owned by someone completely different who was unaware that the address was even being used in a scam until after the fact.

2. And More Housing

It seems like the housing scams just keep going, no matter how many times people try to warn others about their existence. In a situation that was almost identical to the one listed in the paragraph above, another Lubbock resident lost $700 when she attempted to find a rental house for her father. She found a house on Craigslist and thought she was getting a good deal. It wasn’t until she already forked over the money that she realized the whole thing was a scam. Now, as is so often the case, she is out $700 and her father still doesn’t have a place to live.

3. There are Car Scams, Too

In this particular case, people that were selling automobiles on the site were being scammed. In more than one instance, someone showed up saying they were interested in purchasing the automobile in question, only to provide a cashier’s check that was fake. In several of these cases, the bill of sale and the keys were handed over to the individual long before the person who had been selling the vehicle realized that the check was no good. This left them on the hook for the entire amount and by then, their vehicle was long gone.

4. Home Buyers get Scammed, Too

It isn’t just renting a house that can be dangerous on Craigslist. A woman found out about this first hand when she tried to buy a house and ended up perusing Craigslist looking for ads. She found one that seemed too good to be true and fortunately, she listened to her gut instinct and did some investigative work before she handed over any money or gave the person who posted it any personal information. The entire thing was a scam and once she knew for sure, she contacted authorities.

5. It’s Become an Epidemic

The housing scams on Craigslist have gotten to the point that they have reached epidemic levels across the country but as you can see, in and around Lubbock, they practically dominate the news. It’s gotten so bad that local authorities have taken to social media and other forms of technology to try to educate people about the potential dangers of looking for housing on Craigslist. Like the woman in the paragraph above, they insist that the only way to ensure that you’re not being scammed is to do your homework and back out of anything that doesn’t feel right. They also warn against ever providing your personal information, even so much as your last name, before you have thoroughly investigated the ad in question. Of course, you should never allow any money to exchange hands before you’ve done your homework.

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Peter Colis
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Colis
Business expenses
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Soldo
Arvind Purushotham
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Arvind Purushotham
Go1
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Go1
credit card
10 Things We Like about the Bilt Rewards Card
Credit Card
10 Reasons We Like The Divvy Business Credit Card
Tesla
The Top Five Stock Picks Targeted at Climate Change
Credit Card
The 20 Best Travel Credit Cards of 2021
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 20 Best Day Trips in Ohio
Red Cedar State Trail
The Best 20 Bike Trails in Wisconsin
Airline Miles
How You Can Now Redeem Miles for Flights to Space
Oklahoma State park
The 10 Best State Parks in Oklahoma
Mercedes-Benz is Spending $47 Billion on Its Electric Car Effort
10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Bugatti Divo
Dodge Raider
Remembering The Short Lived Dodge Raider
Aston Martin Cygnet
The History and Evolution of the Aston Martin Cygnet
Patek Phillipe’s Green-Dial Nautilus
A Closer Look at the Patek Philippe’s Green-Dial Nautilus
A Closer Look at the Creux Automatiq Ghost V3 Mono
Seven Fridays
A Closer Look at the SevenFriday’s P1C/04 Caipi Watch
Doxa Sub 200 Whitepearl
A Closer Look at the The Doxa Sub 200 Whitepearl
Nancy Cartwright
How Nancy Cartwright Achieved a Net Worth of $80 Million
Heart Evangelista
How Heart Evangelista Achieved a Net Worth of $3 Million
How Cote De Pablo Achieved a Net Worth of $6 Million
How Upchurch Achieved a Net Worth of $4 Million