Craigslistcraigslist is being swamped with tons of fake employment ads offering unusually high pay

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Craigslist is being swamped with tons of fake employment ads offering unusually high pay. Most of these ads are posted by someone with a gmail, gmx, live, in or even yahoo addresses, but now they get smarter by just using craigslist auto response addresses. The jobs sound very generic, usually Receptionist, Administrative Assistants. By responding you will notice you get almost an instant response where they prompt you to fill out an application – DO NOT DO THIS – IT IS BOGUS. I am unsure of what the scam is and how they profit, I can only imagine they fish for information, hence you email gets clogged with spam. Legit job ads follow general pay scales and tend to elaborate about the company, with company website info, phone number, etc.

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  • Jo
    johnjustice Aug 20, 2011
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    After posting ads on:

    a) ebay classifieds
    b) backpage.com
    c) pennysaverusa.com (very good)
    d) www.olx.com
    results: all of them make it easy to post ads; no weird craigslist-like phone verification mumbo-jumbo etc; but no one seems to read their classifieds so craigslist unfortunately remains the only game in town and the problem is that craigslist is run by management that abuses many of those who post or disagree with them.

    Google Checkout requires credit card registration and that is why I eliminated it from my list of possible craiglist alternatives.

    I do not want to give my phone number to craigslist or ebay because they are for profit companies that seem to have no problem abusing and discriminating people and using my information for their benefit.

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    Starbucks435 Aug 20, 2011

    backpage.com is just as bad as craigslist.com.
    There really is no "alternative" to CL yet but maybe one day!!

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  • Jo
    johnjustice Aug 14, 2011
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    Final list of johnjustice recommended craigslist "alternatives":

    a) ebay classifieds
    b) backpage.com
    c) pennysaverusa.com (very good)
    d) www.olx.com

    I eliminated google checkout because it requires registration. I also eliminated oodle because of their discrimination of non facebook users and recycler because they charge for online only ads.

    All four alternatives above make it easy and fast to post an ad online. I will wait and see if I get any responses to see about their effectiveness.

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  • Jo
    johnjustice Aug 14, 2011
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    Oodle.com wants to force you (or strongly encourage you) to sign up for Facebook. That is not cool.
    Because if you are not a Facebook customer then you are "not verified" lol.

    Other "alternatives"; are recycler.com and guess what "ebay classifieds"; yes the same ebay that owns 25 percent of craigslist.

    Also I found a connection between ICANN, the group that sets internet domain policy (.org, .com etc) and Craigslist. Esther Dyson, ICANN's founding chairman, and Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder, sit on the board of a foundation, the "Sunlight Foundation".

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  • Jo
    johnjustice Aug 14, 2011
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    www.oodle.com seems like a competitor to Craigslist that has a big enough size to compete. I am looking into any viable competitors to Craigslist. I am not affiliated with oodle.com and I would rather find an alternative to both Craigslist and Oodle given the fact that Oodle is affiliated with Facebook.

    Other Craigslist alternatives are pennysaverusa.com (small reach but loyal followers in US and India); backpage.com; and Google Checkout.

    None of the alternatives to Craigslist come even close to Craigslist reach but by posting an ad at the same time on
    a) oodle.com or http://walmart.oodle.com/
    b) backpage.com
    c) pennysaverusa.com (very good)
    d) Google Checkout

    you have a good chance to sell your product.
    Lots of more work but it may be worth it.

    Pennysaverusa.com seems to have a very strong brand like Craigslist. Google should probably buy pennysaverusa.com or Walmart should.

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  • Jo
    johnjustice Aug 14, 2011
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    Not to mention the ton of email spam that I get every time I post on craigslist.
    Also, Craigslist is a well-masked scam. Since Ebay bought their stake; things have gone downhill.
    ?Craigslist — monopoly scam

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    pobarjenkins Apr 21, 2011
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    Here, here.

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