“Craigslist is a bad place for it,” said Star Cpl. Ray Woodberry of the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Police Department’s financial crimes division. Craigslist rental scams aren’t just targeting long-term rentals either. Fake listings for vacation rentals are also being reported at an alarming rate! Critics of the classified website claim that the company does not do enough to try to stop these types of scams from happening.
The article talks about a specific Craigslist ad that was actually flagged as a potential scam but wasn’t removed until Tybee police contacted Craigslist late last week. The article goes on to claim that the company is less than cooperative with law enforcement as well, often forcing authorities to work through legal channels just to obtain information. Local police say Craiglist has never provided their policies and procedures regarding scams.
My advice to readers is simple- Don't rent or buy property from Craigslist classifieds! Don't risk being scammed!