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.


You should ignore any advertising that asks for payment using a money transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram, according to Craigslist. The site also notes that it is not involved in transaction processing, so it will be unable to provide information regarding the company’s A-Z guarantee policy on its website!

As a result, Craigslist conducts all of its business through personal interaction, so be wary if someone asks for an alternative method of payment using escrow services such as ClearBagGuard LLC (or else what was supposedly going to happen).


Even small business owners have had to take on part-time labor to make ends meet during difficult economic times. This is especially true for those who are self-employed and find themselves in a precarious situation when they want additional funds.

However, due to other obligations such as family time or hobbies that provide them with joy outside of work while also earning money, they do not have enough hours available every workday (like running their own blog).

Con artists are well aware of this, which is why you should be cautious while reading adverts on the internet! “Fraudsters integrate similar wording into scam emails,” according to’s article Fraudsters Use Language That Sounds Legit To Sincerely Seek New Employees.

If you’re worried about getting conned, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Begin by asking specific questions of your advertising and expecting precise responses – these are red flags that an ad is false!