How to Screw With Craigslist Scammers
So, I'm trying to unload a bunch of crap because I have too much of it and before I end up on an episode of Hoarders, I figured I'd attempt to make at least a fraction of my money back on said crap.
I've listed a ton of decent stuff: furniture, my TV, art, blah blah. So far, I'm getting the usual cheap asses, flakes and scammers. Lots and lots of scammers.
I also list my foster cats up for adoption on CL and I was shocked when I got an inquiry from a scammer not that long ago offering to mail me a check for the cat, which I knew would be over the amount (what amount I have no idea, the cats were never "for sale") with the expectation that I would Western Union the remainder to the scammer or however it is these assholes operate. Yeah, sure, let me get right on that.
So when I got an email about my PlayStation3 from an obvious scammer, I just knew what I had to do.
Note to anyone unfamiliar with how these scams work, here's how you know it's a scam: it feels like a scam. Basically any time someone isn't local, demands to use PayPal, or offers you more than you actually asked for the item, it's a scam. Teen Mom Farrah Abraham -- who might not be the sharpest tool in the shed -- famously fell for a Craigslist scam while cameras were rolling, and great mother that she is, let her baby fall off the bed as she angrily tried to get her money back over the phone. Whoops.
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An alternate version of this response uses your local FBI office as the address to ship a "check" to. Chances are the authorities won't do anything about it but it's better than even letting that crap touch your own mailbox.
Suffice to say, I did not get a response after that last email. I checked in one last time to make sure everything was OK but... again... nothing.
Too bad, she seemed like such a nice lady.