How to Avoid Fake Ads on Craigslist


The Craigslist ads you are looking for may not be what they seem. The website is home to many scams, fake postings, and other dishonest people who are trying to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. These scammers often post advertisements that ask for money upfront or want the victim to send them something first before sending back an item. Now you can avoid these fake ads on Craigslist by following this helpful guide!

The staff at Craigslist assert that for the most part, everyone who uses their site has good intentions. There are still those few people though-the ones posting fake ads and trying to swindle money from other users through scams or some sort of fraud scheme.

One such scammer was caught recently after he tried unsuccessfully several times last fall with different variations on this same theme: “I’m looking for someone reliable” or “Do you have any leads?” The posts would always mention specific qualities in order not to give too much personal information upfront (e..g., height). This individual hadn’t found an employee yet because no one reported.


Common sense is the best way to avoid being scammed on Craigslist. If an ad looks too good, or exaggeratedly claims something about its product then it’s most likely a scam! Legitimate businesses don’t promote illegal content in any form; besides that, they should not have links or solicitations either – as per their terms of use at least according to this website.

Craigslist has a clear, unmistakable tone of voice that is designed to connect local merchants and employers with local buyers. If an ad’s content doesn’t match this spirit–if it sounds too commercial or like someone trying too hard to be persuasive about their product instead of being helpful in some way by solving problems offered up through personal anecdotes without any specific solution attached.


When shopping on Craigslist, make sure that you are only dealing with local people. This will help avoid 99% of scams and fake ads found in other parts of the country – but even if an ad seems suspicious it’s best not to get pulled into a conversation alone as there are plenty who would try their luck at pulling off what looks like real crime through text message or phone call while making arrangements for payment upfront before meeting face-to face (and giving cash).

As always: inspect items closely; confirm legitimate money is owed upon sale completion.


Craigslist warns that you should avoid any ads which request payment via a money wiring service, such as Western Union or MoneyGram. The site also explicitly states it is not involved in processing transactions and thus will not be able to provide information about the company’s A-Z guarantee policy on their website!

Consequently, Craigslist does all of its tradings through personal contact so please beware when someone requests an alternative form for purchase through escrow services like ClearBagGuard LLC instead (or else what was supposedly going to happen).


In tough economic times, even small business owners have had to take on part-time work just so they can make ends meet. This is especially true for those who are self-employed and find themselves in an uncomfortable position of needing the extra income but not having enough hours available every weekday due to other obligations like family time or hobbies that offer them joy outside employment as well as making money from it too (like running their own blog).

The con artists know this all too well–which is why you should be wary when reading ads online! According to’s article Fraudsters Use Language Sounding Legit To Sincerely Seek New Employees: “Fraudsters incorporate such language into scam emails”.

If you’re afraid of being scammed, then take a few steps to protect yourself. Start by asking specific questions and expecting precise answers from your ads – these are warning signs that an ad might be fake!