YES! I fell for a Craigslist Scam. I lost thousands of dollars when I purchased a used car. I thought I was doing right and proceeding cautiously but made a number of mistakes during the buying process only to find out later that nearly everything about the car and the seller was a lie. While I could use this blog to eviscerate the seller, I have instead decided to create this blog to deconstruct the entire transaction; an autopsy if you will, in order to learn from what happened and provide these learning’s to the public at large to, hopefully, prevent others from being scammed like I was. I’m not blameless. I allowed myself to make a number of mistakes, and will highlight those as the story unfolds.
In the coming days and weeks, I will review:
- Why I was looking for a used vehicle
- The strategy I thought would lead me to the perfect vehicle
- Finding the perfect Craigslist Ad
- First Contact
- Second Contact, and how the scammer knew he had me
- The meeting, test drive, and transaction
- Registration, and when the scam came to light
- How bad is the vehicle
- Retribution lost
- Moving on
- And a recap of the lessons learned
I hope you check in periodically, as I conduct this autopsy, to help you avoid being scammed.