Looking for Work On Craigslist – Safety Tips


Hi Mardi,

I am still in Brazil.

I am trying to put an add for a new job on craigslist and I can’t do it.

I open the craigslist page but I can’t find the right place.

Could you help me doing that?

I will try to call you.

I recently received this message from a client and it reminded me to let you know about a couple of hazards to avoid when you, or someone you know, is looking for work online.

When I first moved to the Desert, I was looking for work on Craigslist and encountered two potentially dangerous scams.

The first and most obvious scam, was an email from a company offering me an interview and requiring that I get a credit report to bring to the interview.  They said I needed to get it from the company they recommended and the link to the website was included in the email.

I couldn’t imagine why someone would need a credit report before an interview or expect me to divulge financial information to a company I didn’t know, so I knew it was a scam.

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The second scam almost got me!  A company said they were interested in me and I could learn more about them at their Facebook page.  At first, I thought it was strange that they didn’t send me to their company website, but then I thought they might be trying to be hip and leading-edge by having a company Facebook page.

I clicked on the link and it took me to a page that looked exactly like the Facebook sign-in page.  I signed in, but had a weird feeling that something was off.  I looked up at the address bar to see exactly where I was and it said “fakebook.com/….”  I thought oh my gosh, they just captured my Facebook login and password!

I immediately opened a new window and went to my Facebook page and changed my password.  Luckily I got there, before they were able to changed my password and lock me out.  Whew!

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There are good jobs available on Craigslist and I actually found one at that time.

You just need to be careful and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Please forward this to everyone you know who is looking for work so they can be safe and feel relaxed, happy and confident while using Craigslist.

Thoughts or comments about this topic?  Please share in comments below.

  2 comments for “Looking for Work On Craigslist – Safety Tips

  1. Andrew K. Lorenz
    February 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Hi, Mardi:

    I think anyone needs to be cautious when doing any type of job searching on-line, particularly on Craig’s List. I am more likely to recommend Linked In, though it is good to be careful anywhere, particularly when setting up a face to face meeting. Best to avoid any out of the way location, and verify the address is a very public location or office building.

    I sold a truck on Craig’s list a couple of years ago, and we met in the lobby of the B of A bank in La Quinta. Both the buyer and I had accounts there. Perfect!


    Andy Lorenz

    Sent from my iPhone


    • February 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Great tips Andy! Thanks for sharing.

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