One way or another, all of us have checked craigslist before. Be it to check some items, buy unnecessary objects for cheap, advertise your unnecessary items, look for a job, offer a job, or have a good chuckle at the horny people trying to turn craigslist into Tinder. The great thing about craigslist is that it does not cost anything to post or reply to anything. Probably, that is also the reason why scammers litter the site.
Another downside of craigslist is the website seems to be stuck in the nineties. It did try to make searching easier by categorizing the ads per location, but it also made it also limited the search results. If only there was a way of searching all of craigslist in one go. Oh, wait. There is. This is when Allofcraigs will make its entrance.
What is Allofcraigs?
Allofcraigs is an interesting search interface for craigslist, our popular classifieds site. Since craigslist only allows you to search one location at a time, Allofcraigs gives you a wider and broader option. You will still be inputting your search term and the system will still search at craigslist. However, instead of being limited to one location per search, you are given the option to select entire regions.
If you think that the generated results are then too broad, there are specific categories that can further break down the search result. This will lead to a narrower list of results so that you may find the specific product you are looking for. The website itself is not much better than craigslist. However, the function and features are what truly matters.
A few tips to avoid scammers on Allofcraigs…
The search results provided by Allofcraigs are still original advertisements posted on craigslist. Unfortunately, Allofcraigs does not have the feature to identify and block possible scam classifieds.
To avoid getting scammed and losing money, we have gathered a few tips for you.
Do not engage with offers that are too good to be true
The rule of thumb states that offers that seem too good to be true are highly likely too good to be true. Rule 1 of a scammer’s playbook is to entice possible victims with exaggerated offers. Be cautious and avoid any advert or offer like this.
Do not send any advance payment
Keep in mind that craigslist is originally a localized website. This means that sellers expect to meet their customers to deliver the product, as well as to receive the payment. If an offer or a seller explicitly asks for advance payment, that seller or offer is a scam. Do not engage further and hide in your fort blanket.
Check for extensive grammar mistake
It is normal to spot a few grammar mistakes in a typical craigslist ad. It is, however, not typical for an ad to have at least three grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors in every sentence. If a seller cannot even spell properly and offers big discounts, that probably is not a seller at all.