Craigslist, the Web’s a lot of accepted classifieds, is getting bombarded by crooks, say badge and a Vancouver woman who monitors the scams.
“I’ve been watching Craigslist for years and appropriate now, it’s just insane,” said Meg, whose blog, www.chicaneryconsscams.blogspot.com, highlights rental scams on Craigslist.
Meg, who didn’t wish her endure name used, said she gets 50 to 80 letters of crimes every day.
Underage sex workers accept allegedly acclimated Craigslist to advertise themselves.
She estimates that from 20% to 40% of all Vancouver rental ads on Craigslist are bogus, advancing from apish landlords who aggregate deposits on suites they don’t own.
Const. Tim Fanning said badge accept complaints every day about baseborn appurtenances getting awash on Craigslist or from anyone accident hire money to con men.
Craigslist’s arch operational officer, Jim Buckmaster, wouldn’t accede to an interview. He said in e-mails the percentages “aren’t accurate” but didn’t accommodate numbers.
“The accident of actionable ads on Craigslist is in fact absolutely low, abnormally if compared to the cutting aggregate of accepted ads, of which there are added than 30 actor anniversary month,” he wrote.
He said it’s client beware, and acclaimed assurance tips are acquaint online.
Buckmaster said agents awning inappropriate erotic-services ads but won’t ban them as the abate sites ChosenList.com and flugpo.com do.
He said Craigslist prides itself on co-operating with police.
Craigscrimelist.org, a blog by Trench Reynolds of New Jersey, lists hundreds of crimes, including one area two Florida men met the agent of an X-Box and beggared him.
Craigscrimelist aswell listed the acquaintance of a Maine ancestor of four who placed an ad commercial his handyman casework so he could augment his kids and was e-mailed by anyone alms to pay him to sexually corruption one of his children.