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Craigslist hoax..

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Jay H, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Jay H

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  2. Philip Hamm

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    Wow what kind of effed up practical joke is that.
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    Wow. It is amazing that something like that can (and did) happen.
     
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    I posted a car and some house windows on Craiglist about 2 weeks ago. I received 5 replies and 4 of them were scams. This one has "Sucker" written all over it.
    Another said that they would give me twice the asking price after I exported the car for them. I think Craiglist is a great idea, but they will have to figure out a way to stop these scams.
     
  5. Jay H

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    The person that posted it probably had a gripe with the unfortunate target, especially if it listed some of the contents (such as the horse that guy had). Somebody must of known something about the target and his possessions (as well as address) to post it to craigslist. Sneaky, and I salute the creative juices , but a horrible situation now.

    Jay
     
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    I've had similar responses to a posting for a car a couple of years ago. Craigslist does display ample warnings about this sort of stuff on the site. Not sure what else they could do.

    They are pretty good at policing what they can in my experience. Last year while I was apartment hunting, I would systematically flag every deceptive, bait-n-switch type ad I came across (a handful of times per ad), and they were gone within a few hours.

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    Even though Craigslist, and the Internet in general, played a part in it, I can't believe anyone, including the lady with the horse, could think something like that was legit. Especially if you get to his home and no one is there! You don't just enter and start taking things. You would need a Court Order to do that, not a stupid add from Craigslist. Unbelievable.
     
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    It was the lady who was going to pick up the horse who actually called the guy about it and it was then, the guy got word of what was going on...

    Jay
     
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    There are plenty of gullible people out there. So many people have fallen for the "I'll send you a counterfeit money order for more than your asking price if you'll Western Union me the difference" scam that banks started posting notices warning their customers not to fall for it.
     
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    I think greedy people is more like it. The thought of getting something for nothing causes us to lose grip of our common sense. This kind of reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry's neighbor goes into a coma and Kramer (who wants his vacuum cleaner back) announces that after 24 hours a coma victims apartment becomes a free-for-all!
     
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    No kidding! I can't figure out if people are just that stupid or if they're just that big of a**holes to use a craigslist ad to justify stealing someone's stuff. Either way it's depressing.
     
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    Why do I get the vibe that it was probably a disgruntled "ex?"

    Oh, the pain that people like to inflict on ones they used to love.
     
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    > I can't believe anyone, including the lady with the horse, could think something like that was legit. Especially if you get to his home and no one is there! You don't just enter and start taking things.

    Yes, especially if there's no sign or the like indicating that the stuff is up for grabs.
     
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    Just shows the whole "if you read it on the internet, it must be true" is still alive and well.
     
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    Hell hath no fury....and all.
     
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    That's awful. It's worse, really, than outright robbery because it feels like someone was specifically out to get YOU. I would be devastated if I was in that guy's shoes; any sense of privacy is just shattered.
     
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    If a clever plan contains an element of unbelievable stupidity (doing this from the home PC [​IMG]), is it still a clever plan?

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    Plan was clever (considering the two idiots that came up with it), implementation was pretty stupid.
     
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    It's all about the execution... [​IMG]
     

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