Contact 13 Consumer Alert
Las Vegas man has warning for people selling on Craigslist
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Selling stuff online is a quick way to make some cash but sometimes the potential buyer can be acting as a front for a scam. But something stopped one Valley man from handing over his personal information.
"Its got all solid oak interior, ceiling fan, big home entertainment center system, surround sound, ice makers," said Dan Klatt as he highlighted some features of his 40 foot RV.
It has taken him many places, allowing him to take the comforts of home on the road. But now Dan is interested in getting a new set of wheels. So he put an ad on Craigslist to sell it.
"I started hearing from people in the first 48 hours," said Dan.
One lady emailed Dan saying she's ready to pay the full asking price. The woman wrote she is a marine biologist who works at sea and is interested in making the purchase as fast as possible. But first, Dan must do something for her.
"So we have to use PayPal, please sign up with PayPal," explained Dan.
The woman asked Dan to give her his account information and once the payment clears, a mover will come pick it up. But Dan thought the whole marine biologist at sea thing sounded a bit fishy.
"I put her name in Google and up came the Craigslist scammer blog page," said Dan.
Dan didn't send her the information and it was only after all this that he actually read some warnings from Craigslist about scams.
Craigslist advises people to deal locally with people you meet in person. They also say people should never give out financial information like your PayPal information. That's advice Rhonda Mettler from the Better Business Bureau echos.
"Don't ever give your personal information. If they're that interested in purchasing something they're going to set something up," said Mettler.
Another red flag from the emails Dan got was the grammar. Mettler says sentences like "phone call making and visiting of website are restricted" and "I will like to see more pics" should raise a suspicion.
"If you're going into all this detail about where you are, what you're doing and who you are but there's no way to contact you, then that's a red flag," said Rhonda.
Dan says he has a few people coming to check out the RV in person and hopes to sell it soon.
"It's out used its usefulness for me," said Dan.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line. Craigslist has an entire section about things to look for when using the site, including who to notify if you think someone is trying to scam you. Dan has already reported his case to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.