And users can flag postings they recognize as spam.
Craigslist dating spam
He got an offer right away."We figured someone would talk us down, this guy was willing to pay, which we thought was a little high, so we went with it," said Bobinac, who works at WZZM 13. That's why Bobinac wanted to warn others to be careful."They often use numbers that are Google Voice or virtual and easy to dispose of and they just get new ones," Bobinac said."Anthony" continued to text Bobinac for a several days, asking what happened to his check.
The man’s name was Anthony and he wanted to buy the car for his, "buddy in the states." He told Bobinac he would send a check."He said what I'm going to do is write the check for over so you can pay the person to get it shipped," Bobinac said. It said Margaret Fernandez, "So I was like, 'don't do anything with the check until I get home.'"Bobinac was suspicious, so he started searching "scams" on the internet."The article I found online had the exact same value on the check," Bobinac said. But if he had, it likely would have cleared, at first."Two weeks later, the bank would call me and say, ' This was not a valid check and so now you need to pay back the full amount,'" Bobinac said. After going to Grand Rapids police, Bobinac says he was told to stop texting back and "Anthony" would eventually go away.
There are many variations on this type of scam, including the 419 scam, the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam, Fifo's Fraud and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.
The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.
The listener was looking at buying a vehicle a few states away and wanted to make sure she wasn't getting conned.