Why are there SO many obvious scams on craigslist.

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  1. booste macrumors member

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    =/ I found this $500 brand new MBP offer on craigslist and after instantly realizing it was a scam I sent the guy an email... Anyways this is the whole thing:

    I sent him a reply asking how i know he's legit... Let's see if he replies...

    But also, is there any way to report these people to the police or something.. maybe they can trace the ip... :confused:
     
  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    And what are you going to tell the police? Exactly... Unless you've been scammed, that person won't get in trouble.
     
  3. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000

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    Sadly, because they work and people Are that dumb.
     
  4. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    "Why are there SO many obvious scams on craigslist"

    1) Because craigslist is free to post

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    2) Their scams work because there are a lot of suckers out there.
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    You can't report it to the police, you can report it to the site owner however.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Have you ever noticed how many people post here saying "Is this a scam?"
    For every one that posts here... there are many, many more that don't bother to ask ;)

    How many suckers do you think it takes to make it worthwhile to scam?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Just one. It's free to post, so one loses nothing, yet gets gets $500. Win-win (for the scammer that is, not the scammed, obviously).
     
  8. TK B$K macrumors 6502

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    Because there are SO many dumb people on the internet.
     
  9. maestro55 macrumors 68030

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    Yes, posting a personal is a sure way to get tons and tons of spam messages. All kind of generic responses, if you respond you get an instant email back with a link to some pay site. Craigslist is an amazing site, but yes there is tons of spam out there. Best thing to do for posts that are obvious scams, just report them.
     
  10. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    +1 That would definitely be my guess
     
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  12. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Even I've fallen for a couple on eBay :eek: nothing major and I got my money back each time. Some folk even set up a multitude of fake accounts and give each other quite convincing looking feedback. This was back in 2006 though I imagine eBay are much more on the ball about this kind of douchery.
     

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