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BEWARE of this Craigslist scam

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Garage saleI’ve used Craigslist once.  I announced a garage sale from which all proceeds would be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.  I felt safe advertising the sale because a) it was only scheduled for six hours on a Saturday; and b) several friends and supporters were on site throughout the entire sale so I wasn’t alone.  (And of course all items were outside and there was no access to the inside of our house.)  The garage sale was a huge success but I haven’t used Craigslist since.

I’m sure many of you have either listed something for sale or purchased an item that was for sale on Craigslist and were very pleased: the money exchanged hands and both parties benefited from the online service.

That was not the case for an acquaintance of mine who was recently set up for a scam but was smart enough to realize that if it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, it’s probably a rat.  (Bad analogy, but you get my point.)  Read the rest of this entry »