Craigslist scammers target Berkshires

Craigslist scammers target Berkshires

There are 16 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jul 23, 2010, titled Craigslist scammers target Berkshires. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Online scammers that steal information from real estate listings on Craigslist have started to target Berkshire County properties, according to local agents.

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Fletch

Chester, MA

#1 Jul 24, 2010
Anything you post on Craig's List will get you a scammer that replies. Sometimes multiple scammers. Shut it down would be the best thing to do. Use amazon or e-bay. I'd say Berkshire Ads, but that site went pay as you go. BIG MISTAKE!
Aud Veose

Massapequa, NY

#2 Jul 24, 2010
The Real Estate Board could get hire someone to write a computer program than scans Craigslist for Berkshire listings and match it against the MLS list and alerts the board of any matches found. Shrugging shoulders is not the solution.
RentalSeeker

Springfield, MA

#4 Jul 24, 2010
I will tell you that almost EVERY ad that lists Western Mass as location is a scam. Seems like the past couple weeks they are getting smart and listing a town though.
My 2 Cents

Springfield, MA

#5 Jul 24, 2010
I agree with all of you. I used to live in a big city where CL was a main way of finding jobs, finding apartments and finding jobs so I have been well aware of the scam tactic for awhile. When I moved to the Berkshires, it didn't seem like much of a problem...until recently.

I was looking for a new place to rent and saw a beautiful house for grabs on Revere Parkway. A couple days later, I happened to go for a long walk and ended up in that neighborhood, seeing the EXACT house with a Real Estate sign outside. I actually called the agency to report it, knowing the scammers had obviously found Pittsfield and were now targeting our CL.

I was actually at the police station one day to get paperwork for a car accident, when a younger man came running in on a FIT about how he had sold his Wii game system to someone in Africa and they had sent him EXCESS money to cover shipping and all that so he sent out the game system and then went to cash the check, which was obviously not legit. The police told him there was nothing they could do...I mean...after all, the shipping address was Africa (not like Pittsfield Police are going to fly over and hunt him down) and they just use a blanket email address from yahoo, typically. Furthermore, the boy had sent him the excess money he had included for shipping, back....so he not only gave away his game system--he also lost money.

I love CL when it's used properly but it's being infested with scammers which, sadly, makes it difficult to enjoy.
Judge for Yourself

Albany, NY

#6 Jul 24, 2010
The Greylock Credit Union "we have terminated your VISA card and just punch in your credit card number" scam is, also, surfacing again. Of couse, if Greylock DID terminate your VISA card, THEY WOULD KNOW your VISA number, so why would you have to "punch it in?" There is always someone out there looking to make a fast buck
Adam Smith

Albany, NY

#7 Jul 24, 2010
Judge for Yourself wrote:
if Greylock DID terminate your VISA card, THEY WOULD KNOW your VISA number, so why would you have to "punch it in?" There is always someone out there looking to make a fast buck
That's not a scam. I followed the prompts to reactivate my Visa card and it was fine.

They ask you to use your phone's keypad to enter your number so as to verify that you are actually the card holder.

Please do not try to lead astray the good works of GFCU with your obvious Legacy Banks agenda.
Judge for Yourself

Albany, NY

#8 Jul 24, 2010
Adam Smith wrote:
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That's not a scam. I followed the prompts to reactivate my Visa card and it was fine.
They ask you to use your phone's keypad to enter your number so as to verify that you are actually the card holder.
Please do not try to lead astray the good works of GFCU with your obvious Legacy Banks agenda.
I beg to differ with you. We stopped by the GFCU and they said that YES it was a scam. I, also, called the police department and they, too, said that this IS a well known scam that was around about two years ago. GFCU KNOWS your Visa number if, indeed, it had been "Cancelled."
Sorry to say

Albany, NY

#9 Jul 24, 2010
Adam Smith wrote:
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That's not a scam. I followed the prompts to reactivate my Visa card and it was fine.
They ask you to use your phone's keypad to enter your number so as to verify that you are actually the card holder.
Please do not try to lead astray the good works of GFCU with your obvious Legacy Banks agenda.
Sorry, but this is a well-known, re-occuring scam. I think you just got scammed.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#10 Jul 24, 2010
Adam Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
That's not a scam. F*** you and shut the f*** up!!! Keep talkin sh** and i'll beat the f*** out of you. Yiou f***in h*m*!
Dude, you should seek help. Calm down.
RealReporter

Clifton Park, NY

#11 Jul 24, 2010
Anytime a credit card company asks for your information via e-mail, it is a scam.
If there is a problem with your card, they will call. If they can't get you they close the card and wait for you to call them.

Craig's List is about 50-60% scam depending on what you are looking for.

Since: Nov 08

Clifton Park, NY

#12 Jul 24, 2010
Ive used craigslist for a while now and yes ive came across scams but they are usually easy to spot.Just dont send money over seas and keep a look out. If you second guess it id say forget it.better safe than sorry. Besides their is plenty of people to do business with on there that are local and legit.
Dave

Albany, NY

#13 Jul 24, 2010
I've been using Craigslist for years now and have never been scammed once! You just have to use your head idiots!!
real professor

Cohoes, NY

#14 Jul 25, 2010
Dave wrote:
I've been using Craigslist for years now and have never been scammed once! You just have to use your head idiots!!
You are asking for somthing, which doesn't exist! They just cannot compete with CL and trying to kill this excellent business!
DUH

Clifton Park, NY

#15 Jul 25, 2010
Dave wrote:
I've been using Craigslist for years now and have never been scammed once! You just have to use your head idiots!!
That's because you are the one scamming...
Dave

Albany, NY

#16 Jul 25, 2010
What??
real professor wrote:
<quoted text>
You are asking for somthing, which doesn't exist! They just cannot compete with CL and trying to kill this excellent business!
Jeremy

Berkshire, MA

#17 Jul 26, 2010
This article is another reason why people looking for apartments should go to www.RHABC.com Rental Housing Association of Berkshire County.

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