I love a deal, therefore, I love CraigsList. I know many of you are also big CraigsList shoppers, and probably sellers too, so I thought I'd share the latest scam to watch out for.
I recently posted an ad on CraigsList for a piece of antique exercise equipment I have...one of those old "belt massagers" that claims to jiggle away your body fat. It's a pretty fun conversation piece, but we don't have our 1950's themed basement for it anymore and needed to find it a new home.
I received two emails today in response to my ad. Once I received the second one with virtually the same wording, I knew it was a scam. So, I Googled it to see if others have come across the same thing. Here is what the email said:
"Thank you for getting back with me Gretchen
I'm very interested in this but before I buy it I need to know if its
the same one I'm looking for because I can't afford another mistake
Please check out this video here I uploaded
[insert their video link here]
If its the same one I will be there today to buy it
This blogger posted a very similar warning about video links with the same basic email request to watch a video. I can't seem to find what these links would end up leading you to, or how it would harm you, but it is safe to say that this is NOT an interested buyer!
I was stupid enough to click the link, which took me to a video site that wanted me to download some software to make the video play. This is where it was going too far and I finally got suspicious enough to stop. Luckily I'm on a Mac, and since most viruses are designed for PC's, it did not work. I'm embarrassed that I even clicked it in the first place, as I am extremely cautious of fishy emails, especially from CraigsList ads. But, if I had a PC, I'm sure they would have somehow hacked my computer or something through this. I really should have listened to my instincts in the first place, which were telling me that "I can't afford another mistake" doesn't make sense...I wouldn't obviously force them to buy it if they came out to see if it was "the same one" they are looking for.
So, enjoy finding awesome deals and selling your stuff on CraigsList...it's like virtual garage sale-ing! However, watch out for anything suspicious and follow your instincts! If it smells fishy...it's probably fishy!