Text Message to CraigsList: It’s Over, You’ve Cheated On Me For The Last Time
The scammers now own CraigsList in Atlanta. After an up and down relationship for the past few years, I am throwing in the towel and calling it quits on CraigsList Postings. Everytime I post a house “for sale” on CraigsList, I start getting calls from people who want to know if the house really is “for rent” at the incredibly low price of $800 per month.
Scammers copy my text and photos from the real estate for sale by broker ad and then post a “rental” ad by owner with a rental rate that is 1/3 the going rate. They try to get unwary renters to send them a deposit for this fake rental ad.
I tried to deal with these situations by notifying Craigslist of the fraud and by posting info online. The scammers are not even slowed down by these tactics. Craigslist often does not even bother to remove the fake rental ad post.
I have had it. We are done Craigslist. Take your free service and go home. CraigsList may be the preferred vehicle of some demographic groups but that will soon change when the lax posting policies allow scammers to completely take over the service. The news this morning in Atlanta reports a family was robbed at gun point after they advertised a diamond ring on Craigslist. The robber showed up to “purchase it” at gun point.