If you use Craigslist to buy or sell locally, then you know that you have to be careful. This popular site is prone to scams, and if you’re not paying attention, you could easily be tricked out of your hard-earned money or property.
Earlier this year we shared five major red flags to look for that can help you determine if it's a Craigslist scam. If you don't remember what they are, click here.
And now, there are three new scams with even more warning signs. We've rounded up the scams you need to know about so that you don’t become the next victim.
1. Hiring movers
You call around different moving companies and find one is more outrageously priced than the next. Not to mention those fuel charges! So where do you look for the best bargain? Nowadays the most optimal place is Craigslist.
Many of the ads you'll find are deceiving. They're posted by people who seem willing to devote their day to help you move for a fair price. But, in fact, scammers are using these ads to find just the right family to rip off all of their stuff.
That's what happened to one family in Douglas County, Georgia, but it's a warning for everyone. It started when they hired movers they saw on Craigslist.
The team consisted of two men and a U-Haul. The family had planned to follow the movers to their new home, but once they got to the freeway, the truck took off with all of their belongings inside.
Hours later, after arriving at their new house, there was still no sign of the movers. The family called the police. Here's the real kicker. Once police started investigating, they found the U-Haul abandoned and empty. These thieves managed to steal an entire family's belongings in a stolen truck.
Two days after the theft, a box was found on the side of the road that belonged to the family. It had very important documents inside, but the iPads and phones packed in that same box were gone. Nevertheless, the family was relieved to have that particular box back in their possession.
The estimated amount in losses is about $75,000. Police are still looking into the theft.
The lesson to be learned here? Sometimes it's worth the extra money to hire professionals or rent a U-Haul, gather some friends and move everything yourselves. You can make it worth their while and reward them with pizza and drinks afterwards.