I’ve successfully sold several things on Craig’s List, but every single time, I’ve also received responses from scammers. How do I know? Because the initial response is this or something similar:
- “is the item still available?” or worse, “Is the items still available?”
- “I’m interested.”
These are canned inquiries. “Item”? Who talks like that? I don’t. Do you? A more legit inquiry to an ad will likely include the name of what’s being sold:
- “I’m interested in the bedroom set, is it still available?”
- “Is the futon still for sale?”
- “Do you still have the microwave available? I’ll give you $50.”
A scammer is not paying attention to what is being sold. He or she is responding to many ads, constantly, in order to increase their chances of success. They won’t even bother typing a specific item name, it would take too long. Much quicker just to copy and paste, paste, paste, paste.
Information is power!
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