How to Post Anonymously on Craigslist

How to Post Anonymously on Craigslist. Craigslist can be an excellent resource for finding things that you need in your life, ranging from household supplies to a date for your company's annual holiday party. However, there are risks associated with using any online classified ad system to meet people for business or pleasure. Craigslist takes this into consideration and allows you the option of posting anonymously to help limit these risks.

Post Anonymously on Craigslist

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Start your search for what you need on the Craigslist homepage (see Resources below). You will see that you can place an ad for everything from a new employee for your home business to a group of friends interested in knitting.

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Determine where you are placing your post. Look at the options you have for cities and the choices available on Craigslist for posting categories.

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Click on the 'Post to Classifieds' button. You'll find this button is available on the Craigslist main page for each city.

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Select a category, sub-category and city neighborhood if you are prompted to do so.

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Fill in the blank fields to create your posting. The form leaves space for a title, price, specific location and posting description.

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Notice that you are asked to provide your email address at the end of the posting form. This is where you can make the choice to post anonymously on Craigslist.

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See that you have three options for how the email address will be viewed by readers of the Craigslist site. One will be your actual email address that you have just provided to Craigslist in the creation of your post. One will be anonymous. One will be that no email address will be shown.

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Pay close attention to the difference between the anonymous email choice and the choice to not include any email information. If you choose not to include any email information, then no one can contact you to respond to your ad. This choice is used when you have included alternate contact information in your ad (such as a company P.O. Box rather than an email address).

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Choose 'Anonymize' to post anonymously on Craigslist. The Craigslist site will assign you an email address for readers to use. It will look something like 'sale-123456789@craigslist.org.' Emails sent to this address will be re-routed to the actual email address you provided to Craigslist. You will receive all of your messages but no one will know your real email address.