Craigslist Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Edge1978, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Edge1978 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2011
    I am selling my iPhone 4 on Craigslist and today I got like 2 emails from 2 different people saying they are out of the country but want to buy it for their fiance and cousin respectively. They say they will pay $150 more than what I am asking as well as shipping costs. Obviously I think it's a scam. But all they are asking for is my paypal email address to send the money. Has anyone sold anything on craigslist that shipped out of the country? This is my first experience with Craigslist. :confused:
  2. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA USA
    scam! Don't fall for it. Meet locally at public place. Also, make sure to meet in the day light or somewhere with people surrounding.

    I have made lot of transaction on CL and because I am careful with my surrounding and people I deal with, I have not been a victim of robbery :D

    Good luck!
  3. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    Yes, like 99.99999 percent of the time they are scams.The odds that you get a real one are slim to none. they almost got one of my friends with this, luckily she called the post office before it left there and got it back.
  4. Edge1978 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2011
    Thanks, I replied and told them local pick up only. I make sure and tell the people who are interested that I will meet them at AT&T just so AT&T could verify phone for the buyer. Though I already had someone NOT show up. :mad: Anymore I am making them come to me! I am not driving any further than my home town's AT&T. If they want it bad enough they can meet me here. ;)
  5. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    They are asking for only your paypal email because that is all they need to hack into your account. Getting your password is easy (your internet or domain provider has it on file) and then they will steal all your money.

    Craigslist is good for face to face transactions only!!

    Also its a good idea to bring along a friend with you for protection. And it's a no brainer to swab the bills they give you to make sure they're not counterfeit.
  6. Daremo macrumors 68020


    Jul 3, 2007
    I use Craigslist quite a bit, and have bought and sold expensive items. iPhones, MacBooks, etc. A friend of mine met publicly for a sale of his iPhone, and when he handed the phone to the guy, the guy ran out the door. Now, I ALWAYS meet in a public place, usually Starbucks. I get to the meeting place early, to pick my seat, furthest from the door, and if it's a big item, like a macbook, I have a friend sit at a set by the door in case the buyer is a runner. It's crazy I need to take precautions, but after my friend was robbed, I've been over cautious, and never had an issue.

    NEVER SHIP. Always meet in person, and be careful. INSIST on a public meeting.
  7. Papanate macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2011
    North Carolina
    Are you like 12 years old? Come on ..if it sounds stupid...then it is stupid.
    Out of the country but they are cursing Craigslist in your area? Really????

    What's the name of the guy you are sending the $5000 deposit to over in Nigeria?
  8. likethesoup2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2011
    Orlando, Florida
    They will send you something that looks JUST LIKE a paypal screen. But if you look further, you'll see that it's really not affiliated with paypal. They're counting on you being SO excited to be getting all that extra $$, that you don't look further.
  9. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    I only use craiglist for local FTF deals. Ebay for things I have to ship. Most of the non-local things I've come across of craigslist have been scams.
  10. Edge1978 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2011
    Umm Ok, I am far from 12, and seeing I NEVER used Craigslist (as stated in my OP) I wasn't sure if anyone else dealt with these issues. Unless I totally misunderstood the reasons for a blog/forum. :eek:
  11. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    now you will get spammed. never reply to them now they have your real email address.
  12. Edge1978 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2011
    Ouch, that sucks. :( Luckily I used an email for CL, I barely use. Just for the reason of the spam posts.
  13. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    when I get these from Craigs it goes right to my trash! there is no reason they need to pay you a $150 more if they have somebody local... worst case paypay them the money and that person buys it from you.. Craigs ebay etc all have these scammers..
  14. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
    rule of thumb : if they are not a local buyer, 99.999 % it's a scam.

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