Craigslist scams: How to spot them and what you should do

If you have ever tried selling something on Craigslist and get an immediate response, there is a chance it could be a scam, but there is a way to tell the difference.

A Chandler man, who asked not to be identified, had a bad experience trying to sell a large wooden frame on Craigslist.

"I had a bad feeling in my gut," said "Max."

"Immediately I get this response saying, ‘I really want the frame.'"

It's an out of town buyer who said, "I'm going to have my movers come pick it up. What's your address?"

Max gets a check in the mail. He was to deposit the money, keep what he charged for the frame and then pay the movers the remainder.

"The check's for $1,950 dollars," he said "Now I know something's going on here."

The frame was only $295 dollars.

"I'm a little bit paranoid. I know it's a scam and I don't know what to do," he explained.

Max noticed a number of red flags. "[It was from a] Canadian email address the first time. American email address the second time. The phone number he gave me is from Texas. The check came from a place in Virginia."

If it just doesn't look right, make an attempt if you want on your own to contact that business or contact your police department.

Detective Seth Tyler with the Chandler Police Department says Max did the right thing by not depositing the check. "He avoided being a victim."

"I'm never going to give out my address again when I'm selling something," said Max.

Chandler police determined scammers used a legitimate business name on the check, but it was a fraud.

Craigslist warns about receiving checks and shipping goods at the top of each ad. Remember to meet in person in a public place any time you buy or sell merchandise on Craigslist. 

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