Shopping on Craigslist is risky no matter where you live. The deals are amazing, but there are also plenty of scammers lurking behind those classified ads. And even when you're careful, there's always the chance you might wind up with a lemon.
One woman in Clear Lake, Texas, learned this the hard way. While looking for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to transport her daughter, Socorro Hernandez stumbled across a listing on Craigslist.
As a single mother of four children - one of which has special needs - Hernandez needed to find a deal she could afford. Her old minivan had broken down, and she was struggling to get her daughter to and from her medical appointments.
The Craigslist ad showed a 2009 Honda Pilot for only $6,000. After reviewing the listing a bit further, it seemed like a pretty good deal. Hernandez contacted the seller and arranged to buy the car, and ultimately purchased the car with a cash payment.
Everything seemed fine until Hernandez attempted to transfer the title to her name. The vehicle had been reported stolen from a local auto dealer and the title she received was fake.
Fortunately, it worked out for Hernandez in the end. When the car was returned to the auto dealer, the general manager heard her story. He took compassion on her and arranged a small ceremony at the dealership to hand her the keys.
Hernandez was extremely lucky. For many, these stories don't end so well. That's why we're constantly warning you about dangerous scams that are spreading on Craigslist. It's also why you should learn the signs of a Craigslist scam. Click here to see five major red flags of a scam when shopping on Craigslist.