If you are one of the millions of people who use Craigslist often,
you know thereâ€™s a lot of bull on there.Â Con-artists and dishonest
people love Craigslist for itâ€™s anonymity, ease of use and abundant
ready and willing victims.Â Iâ€™m not willing to give up on it yet,
because it still is very useful for a lot of things.Â You just have to
know how to use it.
Iâ€™m going to focus primarily on the housing aspect of Craigslist in
this post, however, many of these tips apply to all sale categories.
If itâ€™s too good to be true, it is.
Recently someone called me because I had featured a home for sale on my blog
that they had seen listed for rent on Craigslist.Â I told the caller
that sometimes sellers will consider a lease, and Iâ€™d have to check with
their agent.Â She then told me it was for lease for $600 a month.Â I
replied that there is nothing that cheap in Los Angeles, much less a
whole house in an upscale neighborhood.Â That was a fake.
If you see a 4 bedroom, fully remodeled house for sale for $200,000
or a house in Sherman Oaks for $1000 a month, itâ€™s fake.Â Sorry, but we
have too many renters in this city for that to ever be possible.Â No one
in their right mind would ever offer a property at such a low price.
Double check the phone number.
I almost fell for a good one last night.Â My husband and I found this
great house in Woodland Hills for $2600 a month (more realistic), and
the photos were SO beautiful (the bathroom above is one of them).Â I
checked my realtor database and it wasnâ€™t listed with an agent, which is
sometimes the case.Â But then I realized there were no photos of the
outside of the home in the ad, just a bunch of beautiful rooms.Â So I
copied the phone number and pasted it into the search field.Â I got 30
results.Â This clearly wasnâ€™t someone who was renting out their income
property.Â This was a fisher.Â A fisher is what I call someone who is looking for your business by baiting you with fake listings
, stolen photos of other properties.Â Read More...