How to Report a Person for Scamming on Craigslist

By Louis Kroeck

Craigslist is a service people use to buy and sell items, rent apartments, advertise services and meet new people. Scams are common on Craigslist, as it allows posters to reach a large audience while remaining anonymous. Reporting a scammer on Craigslist is not difficult, as several options for reporting suspicious posts are provided. However, identifying posts which are attempting to target unsuspecting individuals can be more difficult. If you want to take it a step further, there are several agencies you can contact in order to report the fraudulent conduct.

Things You'll Need

  • URL
  • Unique posting ID

Step 1

Go to the post in question and copy down the URL and the unique posting ID listed at the bottom of the email.

Step 2

In the upper-right corner, you have the option to flag the post. If flagging a post, mark it as "prohibited," because fraudulent or scamming posts are against the Craigslist terms of use.

Step 3

Send an email to abuse@craigslist.org. Be sure to mention why the post in question is fraudulent, any information you know about the poster, the unique posting ID and a URL to the post.

Step 4

Contact the FBI by filing a complaint with the Internet Complaint Crime Center. Be sure to provide all of the information you provided to Craigslist.

Step 5

Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission by using their "Complaint Assistant" page.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also contact any fraud agencies within your state, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, depending on the nature of the scam.
  • Do not attempt to contact the scam artist yourself.