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5 major red flags of a scam when shopping or selling on Craigslist

5 major red flags of a scam when shopping or selling on Craigslist
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Craigslist is one of the most unexpected successes in the history of the internet. It started in 1995 as a simple way for founder Craig Newmark to let friends know what was going on in San Francisco, and now has more than 700 local sites in 70 countries and receives over 50 billion page views a month.

Craigslist has classified listings for just about anything you can think of from cars, furniture and other items for sale to jobs postings, real estate for sale or rent, and personals. You find fantastic deals if you know what to search for.

Of course, being so popular, it's also a hotbed for scam posts that try to trick you out of money. How do you know what posts are real and which ones are scams?

A listener recently asked Kim this question on her national radio show. The listener was looking at buying a vehicle a few states away and wanted to make sure she wasn't getting conned. If you want to hear Kim's response, join Kim's Club today to get access to the live show video feed, plus the show podcast and archives so you never miss any of Kim's valuable information.

Now, let's take a look at how scammers operate on Craigslist and how you can spot them before you lose a bundle. We'll also tell you how to stay safe during face-to-face transactions.

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