How to Report Fraud on Craigslist

Online classifieds sites such as Craigslist are often the target of scammers and fraudsters. If you've been affected by or noticed fraud on Craigslist, there are a number of different steps you can take to report it. Craigslist has a flagging process through which you can flag a fraudulent ad for removal. If the fraud has already taken place, you can report the fraud to Craigslist, your local police, the Internet Crime Complaint Center or the FTC.

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Contact your local police if the fraud occurred locally.
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Flag the ad you believe to be fraudulent by clicking the "X Prohibited" link located at the top of the ad.

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Send Craigslist the details of the fraud, particularly if you feel it's part of a broader scam (link in Resources).

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Contact your local police department if you were defrauded by a local individual you met in person. Police have limited jurisdiction to take action against fraudsters operating outside of your region.

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Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The IC3 is a joint effort between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. The organization has a dedicated tool via which you can file a complaint (link in Resources). To file a complaint, provide you name, address, phone number and specific details about the fraud.

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Report the fraud to the Federal Trade Commission by calling their toll-free hotline at 877-382-4357 or by visiting the FTC Complaint Assistant website (link in Resources).