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How to tell a craigslist scammer

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Craigslist offers users access to buy and sell online through free classified ads. When you access the website, it's important to protect your personal email from unscrupulous users who may spam you by offering fraudulent payments for your item.

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Craigslist uses a two-way email relay system meant to purposefully stop spam and scams. Even so, computer hackers and unscrupulous people can still spam you through Craigslist's email system. Unwanted commercial emails -- spam -- often includes bogus commercial offers that waste your time and steal your money.

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To stay protected on Craigslist, choose anonymity by clicking on the "Use Craigslist Mail Relay" button when you insert your email address in the appropriate field when posting an advertisement.

Make certain that you add "cash only" in your advertisement. Otherwise, you are asking that advertising emails be sent to you. Craigslist protects both sellers and buyers on its website by encoding your personal email with one issued by Craigslist.

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For instance, a reply from a potential buyer through Craigslist would appear with a series of letters and numbers before the words "reply. Bring your common sense to bear when utilizing any online classified program.

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Bottom line, if something in an email sounds too good to be true, pay attention to your instincts -- as you are more than likely right. Craigslist spammers and scammers try to draw you into their net by making you believe you have just received an incredible offer. Craigslist advises users to avoid scams and fraud by not accepting personal checks, money transfers via online wire services, cashier's checks or money orders, as these can all be faked.

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It also recommends avoiding deals that involve shipping or escrow services. One main rule when using Craigslist is to keep your transactions local where you can meet the person in a public place -- and have someone with you when you do. Legitimate offers usually come from someone in your area.

Their email address will come from Craigslist itself as indicated previously and may include specific questions on the item. Someone honestly interested in your offering will want to know more details, ask if you are open to haggling or ask if the product has been sold yet.