Classified Ads: Avoiding Scams & Craigslist / Backpage
When everyone thinks of classified personals ads, the first site that pops in their mind is Craigslist. We’ll tell you upfront that Craigslist is a complete scam. But we suggest you read this article to find out why it’s a scam and why you need to be careful should you decide to use the site to meet women. Hopefully you won’t make the mistake so many guys make and avoid one of the biggest personals dating scams out there – Craigslist (and Backpage)…
Craigslist wasn’t originally supposed to be a place for hookups or finding dates. It started out as a free place for people to buy, sell, and trade goods and services. Since it’s formation, Craigslist has turned into a haven for scams and guys to post pictures of their dick for the whole world to see. Oh, and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll find a decent job on there.
Craiglist is Good for Two Things: Selling Your Crap and Buying Cheap Crap
If you’re in the market for a cheap used laptop, we recommend Craigslist. Everyday, there are tons of people giving away decent computers (and other products) for prices you can’t beat. Or if you’re in need of a new job, there are some decent job postings on there. But that’s really all Craigslist is good for. If you’re looking to get laid or get a girl…not so much.
We tried out Craigslist for a while, trying to get laid. We did the same with Backpage for a few weeks. In more than a month of using Craigslist to meet women in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Houston. Let’s take a look at the depressing results we had…
- Most responses we got were fake women – or “bots” as they’re called – sending us a link to view their pictures on some crappy dating site. At least the chicks – albeit fake – were hot!
- Most of the emails we sent out were never replied to. Our response rate was barely above 20%.
- Out of the genuine responses we had (which was about 20), only a few led to much of a conversation.
- Two turned out to be dudes that were posing as chicks, Trolling guys on Craigslist for fun (very mature, right?).
Craigslist is Free…and Full of Spammers and Scammers
Have a computer? Then you can create ads on Craigslist. That’s literally the only requirement. Ads are free (save for posting job listings in some towns) on Craigslist. When something is free online the Trolls and knuckleheads come out. People like messing with people behind anonymous names. And you’re able to do that on Craigslist.
However, Craiglist is really an Internet marketplace. People use the site to make money and find good deals. Problem is because there is so much money to be made on Craigslist, the scammers come out. There are a lot of clueless people on Craigslist and these scammers know that. The scammers are great at what they do. And they don’t just limit their scamming to the marketplace section of Craigslist. They also use the classified personal ads section.
How the Scammers and Spammers Make Their Money with Personal Ads: Offering Up Something You Can’t Refuse
Every heterosexual male dreams of hooking up with a hot chick. When presented with the apparent opportunity to meet a hot chick, a guy’s mind stops working properly and they start thinking with their cock. So when a girl named Katie that has a nice rack and a porn star’s appearance emails a horny guy with a link to “her” dating profile on another website, most guys know it’s a scam. But there are some that will click that link and join that site, only to find out it’s one of the many sex classified ad scams.
It really doesn’t matter what percentage of guys fall for their tricks. Posting a classified ad is free. That’s why there are so many personals dating scams on Craigslist. It takes 5 minutes to post an ad – free of charge – and another 5 minutes to create an email auto-responder. Hundreds of guys respond to ads – especially in the “casual encounters” section. So if just one or two of those guys are clueless and join the site, the marketing strategy works.
It’s not all about getting you to join a dating site…here are some more online classified ad scams…
It’s not the end of the world if you become a sucker and pay $30 for a crummy hookup website. Unfortunately, there are more costly sex classified ad scams and personals dating scams on Craiglist. The scammers work hard to get your money. They trick you into thinking you’re about to get something you really aren’t. In order to do that, they have to convince you to give them your money through slick techniques.
The biggest, most harsh scam is the money extortion scam. Everyone’s heard about people extorting money from others by posting false ads selling products that don’t even exist. In the dating world of Craigslist, there is a similar type of scam. Scammers pose as regular women just looking for sex or a relationship and chat it up with the men that contact them. After building some rapport through email and IM conversations, they ask these men to PayPal (or other payment service) them money to travel to visit them. The only problem is she isn’t actually coming to see you.
There’s a lot of money to be made on Craigslist and anyone can post ads or respond to ads. Posting on Craigslist is free. The dating section of Craigslist is filled with as many scams as the marketplace section. Scammers are everywhere on there. We strongly recommend you avoid that site when looking for women. It’s too hard to find someone. If you want a cheap laptop, go right ahead and use Craigslist. We’re not Craigslist haters. We actually think it’s a great website for certain things. Just not for dating and hookups.