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Craigslist Controversy

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In Tacoma, Wash. police charged a female craigslist member for second-degree burglary, malicious mischief and criminal impersonation for a stunt she pulled on craigslist. The woman posted an ad replica wathces on craigslist that simply said "Come and take anything you want" and gave a home address. The house actually belonged to the woman's aunt, whom the woman felt deserved punishment for insulting her mother.

One of the biggest challenges for the craigslist community is weeding out scam artists. The site has a section describing replica watches common scam tactics and what users should do if they come across them. Scams might involve fake money orders or checks, bait-and-switch schemes (in which you think you're getting one thing but end up with another), phishing schemes designed to obtain personal information, identity theft schemes and other unethical and illegal activities.

One scam that has popped up in several craigslist communities involves a buyer overpaying for an item. In this scam, an innocent seller advertises an item on craigslist for a given amount -- say $1,500. An interested buyer contacts the seller and says he'll send a check for the item, but when the check arrives, it's written for a much larger amount. When the seller contacts the buyer to inform him of the difference, the buyer apologizes and explains that he wrote the wrong amount after confusing it with another purchase. He tells the seller to rolex replica deposit the check and wire him the difference. What the seller doesn't know is that the check is a fake, so he cashes it and wires the difference to the buyer. Once the bank researches the check and discovers it's a fake, the seller is held responsible. The scam artist has his money, and the innocent seller takes the blame.

Police scan craigslist for ads soliciting illegal goods or services. Newspapers have featured several stories about cops busting prostitution rings after finding them through craigslist. Papers have also published stories about police using craigslist to find sexual predators. In October 2007, craigslist made headlines after a member posted an ad for a babysitter and then killed the young woman who responded to the ad. Users posting to craigslist must first click on a button that says they understand and accept the terms of use.

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