How to Spot a Fake or Spam Craigs List Postings

June 14, 2007


I love Craigs List as much as the next guy, but unforunately in some cities people are too lazy to flag postings as spam or frauds. These fake posts diminish the value of the community for everyone so I came up with a few sure fire ways to spot a post that sounds too good to be true.  Hopefully by the time you click the link it will be flagged as spam. Here are some ways to tell if the posts are spam.

  • Check to see if the same post was put up in the last month. Either the person posting is super desperate, or its spam.
  • If you click on the post and highlight the text all the way down sometimes you will see jibbirish text come up in super small font, thats spam
  • If anyone asks you to contact them on their instant messenger (ussually yahoo) I do not know why spammers love Yahoo! keep in mind its probably a fake posting or they are trying to get something out of you
  • Anytime the phone number seems sketchy it probably is
  • The post doesnt go all the way to right in of your screen (wrap text) it probably means its some sort of spam
  • The picture posted looks like it was professionally shot, it probably was to get you to buy or fall for whatever scam they want

Be safe out there spammers will try to get as much information out of you as possible.  Do not fall for the BS.



  1. Just read your spam spotting techniques on your blog. Good points!

    I live in the mid-Atlantic area, in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Our nearest “metropolitan” area is Hagerstown, MD, which is identified in Craig’s List as “Western Maryland.” My trick for spotting Craigs List spam is to see the author’s location. If they list “Western Maryland,” it’s guaranteed spam. Nobody around here refers to this area as “Western Maryland.” We’re Hagerstown, Cumberland, Martinsburg, etc., but never Western Maryland.

    The spammers have been heavy in recent weeks. Where there only used to be 2 or 3 ads per week in any given category, now there are a couple dozen per day.

    It’s a shame. This was such a good website. Someone at craigs oughtta figure out how to stop this.

  2. Hello !

    I’m new on this forum so I introduce me…

    My name is Jason I’m 27 years old, I’m Spanish.

    I like: holdem poker and dogs…

    Nice to meet you

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