How to Report Craigslist Scammers

By Kate Bruscke

Internet-based classified and forums are a great place to find your next job or star employee, sell of unwanted clutter or score a great deal. However, sites that include the extremely popular Craigslist do not vet posters or responders to ads, and so you must rely on common sense and good safety practices to keep yourself safe from scammers that flourish in the unmoderated environment. If you are caught in a scam or notice a potential flim-flam operation on Craigslist, you can blow the whistle and report what you have seen in a number of ways.

Step 1

Keep as much pertinent information you can regarding the scam. Take screen shots of postings, and save all emails and chat logs to be used as evidence.

Step 2

Locate as much information you can about the identity of the scammer. Save any contact names, emails or other details as you can.

Step 3

Fill out a complaint with Craigslist. You can find the Craigslist contact form under "Help," which is usually located on the left-hand side of the main page, and across the top of ad and classified pages on the right-hand side.

Step 4

File a complaint on line at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which distributes the complaint to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. You will need to provide your contact information and details about the scam.

Step 5

Call the Federal Trade Commission's toll free number at 877-FTC-HELP to lodge a complaint with a service agent.