Beware of new Craigslist scam

By: News Center 16 Staff Email
By: News Center 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- We have an important scam to tell you about especially if you use Craigslist.

There's an ad circulating the website targeting specific things you clicked on.

Here's how it works.

When you email the seller of an item, let's use a boat in this case, you'll get a reply claiming the boat is still available and for a lower price.

However, the seller will tell you that you'll have to purchase the boat through a third party seller called "Easy Yard Sale."

The seller goes on to say he's getting rid of the item through a third party because he's inherited it from a family member who passed away and wants to avoid any logistics.

When you search for Easy Yard Sale a website does exist, so it seems more legitimate

However, when you contact them, Easy Yard Sale asks you to wire the money.

"Here's what happens; after you pay up front, Easy Yard Sale and the seller both stop communicating with you,” said Dreama Jensen of the Better Business Bureau. “You never receive the item and tracking down your money will be extremely difficult. The website you were referred to, Easy Yard Sale, was a fake site.”

Jensen reminds all Craigslist users to stick to the golden rule. Always meet the seller and see the item before purchasing.

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