Craigslist offers the residents of South Bend a valuable space for advertising items that they have for sale, rent or trade. Its online platform offers an extensive area for reaching thousands of viewers who may have an interest in the goods or services offered and people have come to appreciate how user-friendly the site is. Most people who advertise or use Craigslist to find items they’re looking for have positive experiences, but there has been an increase in the amount of fraudulent activity taking place on the site in recent years. Scammers have figured out that it’s a good place for them to run their con operations and rip off innocent and trusting users. Here are five money scams to watch out for on Craigslist South Bend, so you don’t become a victim.
1. Niles woman scammed and ad reappears on Craigslist North Bend
Tobye Merrill saw an ad for a horse trailer on Craigslist in South Bend. The trailer that she thought she was looking at had a value between $4000 and $5000. She attempted to purchase the trailer which was offered at a ridiculously low price of $1,750. After wiring the money, she discovered that the ad was a fake and that she had been scammed out of the funds that she sent. The person posting the ad would only communicate by email and would not talk on the phone or meet in person. There were several red flags, but she didn’t recognize them until after the money had been sent. There was an ad that was nearly identical on the site, and it became obvious that a scammer had copied and pasted the information from the original ad and then changed the contact information along with the price. The ad was changed slightly, but it reappeared a couple of weeks later. The Better Business Bureau was informed along with Craigslist and the ad was removed.
2. Homeowner sees her rental in scam ad on Craigslist
A homeowner was surprised to see that the rental property she owned was listed for rent in an ad on Craigslist. She did not place the ad and she already had renters in the home. She responded with a post that informed potential renters not to fall for the money scam.
3. Craigslist phony real estate rental ads on the rise
There is a rash of fraudulent rental ads being placed on Craigslist South Bend. This is hitting home sellers, both private and in the professional real estate industry in the area hard. Scammers are taking their legitimate ads and reposting them with phony contact information and they’re offering them at a much lower rental price than they would ordinarily go for. People who fall victim to these scams show up at the property to find that they are either vacant and up for sale, or there is already somebody living there. It’s creating quite a problem with people randomly showing up unannounced to view the property as a potential rental home.
4. Craigslist Car sale scam hitting South Bend
There is an extensive list of Volkswagen buses, Vanagons and similar vehicles for sale on Craigslist in the South Bend area. A Craigslist user who was interested in one of them posted a warning to everyone that they should avoid contacting these sellers because it’s a scam operation. A seller pretends to be in the military and claims that they need to sell the vehicle cheap and fast, but it must all be done through wire transfer for payment and the vehicle will be shipped to the buyer.
5. Repeat ad scam on Craigslist South Bend
There is a new scam that is going around the South Bend Craigslist site. When you contact a seller about an item that you want, you’ll receive a reply that tells you it’s still available and the price has been lowered. The seller will not communicate in person or on the phone. He’ll direct you to a third party seller to purchase the item and it’s called “Easy Yard Sale.” The site is real but the deal is a phony. You pay for the item up front through the site, but right after you wire the money, all communication from Easy Yard sale and the seller stops. “Easy Yard Sale” is a fake site that was set up to scam you out of your money. This site and the transactions are difficult to track so the odds of recovering your money are slim to none.