Proceed Carefully When Using Craigslist.org

I often find craigslist.org among suggested resources for jobseekers. Many people assume that if a site is listed, it is credible and safe. Where craigslist is concerned, I have reservations about recommending it without adding a few caveats first. It can be a dangerous site to use.  You may come up with some helpful results.  You may also end up being the victim of a job scam or identity theft with you wallet being decidedly lighter than when you started.  You have to know what you are doing on the Internet in general, but especially with sites like Craigslist where anyone can post an ad. 

I was looking through various blog sites and postings for information on the scams that you might fall prey to in your search for work.  I have listed four of them below.  Click on the titles to read up on some of the things that can go seriously wrong when you are on craigslist. 

How to Avoid Job Scams on CraigsList

Craigslist Scams – 20 Ways to Identify Fake Job Scams

Craigslist Job SCAMS!!!

Craigslist Job Scams: Be Careful Responding to Craigslist Employment Ads

There is also a section on craigslist.org itself that you might want to look at after you read some or all of the above. Click here to see what the list itself has to say.

It is up to you to decide if Craigslist is worth the risk.  If you do decide to check it out, make sure of one more thing — that you type the address correctly.  It’s craigs, not craig. It’s list, not lists.  It’s .org, not .com.  You get the idea.  Whenever you are on the Internet, make absolutely sure you have the right address to begin with and that you are typing it correctly.  Scam artists thrive on misspelled and incorrectly typed web addresses. 

17 November 2010/vea
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
https://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com

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One Response to Proceed Carefully When Using Craigslist.org

  1. Sara Kmiecik says:

    Great post. Yes, it is very important to know how to avoid scams when searching on Craigslist.

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