Oh man! Did you guys see this on the news yesterday? The Craigslist idiots are at it again. I saw not one, but TWO stories on various news reporting sites about someone using Craigslist as a way to hurt someone.
The first story was similar to ones I have seen in the past, where someone posts an ad saying they are leaving the country and for people to come and take everything out of their house free of charge. A man was renovating a home he was hoping to rent out, and he had gone into town to get supplies or something. The man was living at the home at the time so all his possessions were in the home. Then, someone posts an ad on Craigslist giving the address of this home and saying that the home owner has been transferred out of the country and needs to unload all their stuff fast, so come and get it, FREE! Who the hell is stupid enough to believe this??? There are no free lunches in this world! The kicker of it all is, the guy who was fixing up the house comes home in the middle of all these vultures tearing his house apart! He screams at people to put his stuff down and THEY TELL HIM TO SHUT UP AND STILL TAKE THE STUFF! OMG! He is standing right there watching these people take his clothes, fixtures, furniture, etc.... away from his house! Now the police have been involved and they and the people who run Craigslist are trying to find out just who posted this crap and they have also posted an ad stating that if the people do not return the things they took, they will be prosecuted along with the ad poster. I'm sorry, but I believe in the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. On to the next one.....
In Oregon, an ad was placed on Craigslist saying there was a baby for sale by "blank", and that they wanted to use the money to get tweeked. (high on meth) It also gave an address of where to buy the baby and that if the parents weren't there to just go on in and get the child and leave the money on the counter in case the parents were out making a quick score. Yeesh. The police were informed about this and tracked down the named person in the ad and found out it was a hoax. The woman did not have a child and knew nothing about the ad, baby, or any of it. The woman was in tears thinking about who would do such a thing to her and her husband.
Who the hell comes up with this stuff? Why the hell doesn't Craigslist have someone watching out for this kind of crap? What is it going to take to have someone keep an eye on what is going on there? It will probably come down to someone killing another person, or themselves like on Myspace. I have been on Craigslist, HHH has a resume posted on there. I take everything on it with a grain of salt, but you can bet that their little disclaimer at the top of the page about checking out the ad poster, watch for scams, check the ad for fake info, yadda, yadda, yadda, isn't going to cut it for much longer.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true.........It probably is.