If you are in York, Pennsylvania or anywhere near there for that matter, you might want to pay attention to the following stories about Craigslist scams. It seems like the majority of these scams happen virtually across the country, with little or no variation. A perfect example is the housing scam. It doesn't matter where you are, this is an issue and it's definitely an issue in York. It's always a good idea to check this kind of thing out if you're even remotely considering buying or selling on the site. In reality, you'd be doing yourself a favor to do as much research as possible about any individual that's posting an ad on Craigslist or any site. The world can be a crazy place, so if you put yourself in a position where you can potentially get scammed or harmed, it's like playing Russian Roulette. Sooner or later, the odds are going to come up against you. It's a simple as that.
1. Don’t Fall for the Housing Scams, People
It happens again and again. In York and surrounding areas, it's no different. People are being scammed out of their money right and left by people who post ads on Craigslist advertising houses for rent or for sale. This is one of the most prevalent scams on the entire site and it happens in every large city and small town across the country. The best thing you can do for yourself is stay off of Craigslist when you're looking for a place to live.
2. Be Careful Who and Where You Meet
Everybody knows that you have to be careful when you're buying or selling on Craigslist or any other platform. That's why police departments have created safe selling zones right in front of their stations that are monitored by cameras. That still doesn't change the fact that people pick other places that aren't quite as safe because they always think that it's going to happen to someone else, never to them personally. In this particular case, it did happen and not only were people scammed out of their money, they were robbed of everything they had on them at the time. That's something to think about before you make that next appointment to buy or sell something and meet up with someone that you’ve never met before in your life.
3. People May Never Listen
It's pretty bad when the local news stations are telling people that the housing scam is one that continues to catch people off guard time and again. This is yet another story of a person who put money down on a house, thinking they were going to be able to move in, only to find that someone else actually owned the house entirely. It's really hard to wrap your head around why so many people continue to follow up on ads for housing on Craigslist when so much information has already been circulated about the overwhelming number of scams involving exactly that type of thing.
4. Not One Scam, but Three
It's bad enough when there is one scam that you have to worry about but in this case, the story is about three of them that are occurring in and around the area. They occur everywhere else in the country, too. There's no doubt you've heard about them before. One that was mentioned in the above story was about the housing scam, which has already been thoroughly covered here. The other two involve scalping tickets to events and hiring movers who are definitely not in the moving business, but they are in the business of taking your goods and your money and running off with both of them.
5. You Just Can’t Trust Anybody These Days
At least this one is different. It involves a home inspector that would find items that had been left inside foreclosed homes. He decided that since the homes had been foreclosed on, he would simply help himself to those items and then sell them on Craigslist. Unfortunately, every one of those items that he sold was stolen because he had no right to take them in the first place.
Written by Garrett Parker
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