Thursday, December 4, 2008

Craigslist Crimes

This HAS NOT happened to me. BUT it has happened in our city, and was written about in our local paper, and is therefore, blogworthy to me!

Have you ever shopped on Craigslist? I have. I bought a pilates machine on it. I also sold a pilates machine on it. (That is for the after New Year's topic of 'New Year's Resolutions and how quickly we break them'). Anyway, apparently, some scoundrels are posting a listing for Iphones at a good price. When the unsuspecting patsy, er I mean customer, shows up with cash in hand, the seller (criminal) whips out his GUN and demands the cash, and whatever other valuables the naive bargain hunter has on him/her. (note: consumer does not receive Iphone in this transaction)

Well, here is what I think about this. First of all, if you are shopping around on Craigslist, looking for a bargain, keep this in mind: IF IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE (i.e. price is wayyyy fabulous) MAYBE IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Second, don't go with your cash to the worst section of town, to an unlit parking lot to make your exchange. Honestly, sometimes I think people who have been robbed are almost asking to be robbed. USE SOME COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!!!! and Lastly, if you are going to sell your fake coaches on Craigslist, quit trying to pass them off as authentic. Ms. Chic Chauffeur will totally flag your listing!

BE CAREFUL EVERYONE. As the economy gets worse, I think the criminal element gets more and more desperate!

10 comments:

jenn said...

I absolutely agree. It's sad really that people feel so desperate that they're driven to crime. Scary as hell to hear so many stories, though.

Do they have purse parties in your neck of the woods? Around here they have "designer" (i.e. FAKE) purses that they sell in home parties for ridiculously low prices. A friend kept gushing to me how "you totally can't tell the difference." Dude, I'm hear to say that I went to one, and you totally can. The cloth is basically polyester double-knit, and the leather is... well, it sure as hell isn't leather. You go on flagging those listings!

The Chic Chauffeur said...

haha. Jenn, we have them, and I'm with you. I most certainly can tell the difference.

Mrs.D said...

Ugh, purse parties. Someone I know had one and the purses are shit. Total rip off. At least buy a NICE cheap purse instead of a horribly made cheap purse that is trying to pass for something more.

Caffeine Court said...

We totally got ripped off buying a Pottery Barn dining room set from Craigslist. They said it was something it wasn't. My husband brought it home and I was pissed. I called the guy who lied to us and we were out of luck. He would NOT give us our money back. I'm still PISSED.

Craigslist sucks.

Minxy Mimi said...

Craigslist scares me sometimes. Always meet in a well lit public place...same for blind dates!

LORI said...

IT'S SO SAD, BUT DEFINITELY TRUE...THANKS FOR VISITING MY BLOG!

Ann said...

That just stinks. Mean people stink. I'm with you if it is to good to be true it is just that...

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LittlePeopleWealth said...

We've had a few bad craislist crimes here too - I don't really like using it for that reason :(

Ginny said...

You have to be careful with jobs as well. Hubby got a job on craigslist doing home improvement.

The guy was lying about having a license, stole over $5,000 from a homeowner. When she reported the guy to the police, my husband got charged as well. The guy had used my husbands name.

Hubby had to pay over $5,000 in fines, got arrested, now has a record & he didn't even sign a single contract, etc. Since he did work in the house though, he got found guilty. On top of all that, he never got paid for the last few weeks he worked with the guy!