Home Ransacked After Fake Craigslist Ad

This entry was posted by Rob on Wednesday, 26 March, 2008 at

Sometimes it is amazing what people will believe if they
see it posted online. What is worse, is the people who
know something is obviously wrong, but decide to
capitalize on the opportunity anyways…

Take the following story for example:

“A Craigslist-related scam has left an Oregon man without
most of his belongings. According to an Associated Press
report, Saturday a pair of ads popped up on Craigslist
advertising that the owner of the home had been forced
to leave the area and that all of his belongings were free
for the taking. The second of the two ads was more
specific stating that a horse that had been abandoned by
the sheriff’s department was free to anyone willing to give
it a good home.

Here the kicker: Robert Salisbury, the owner of the home
and horse, was out of town and completely unaware of
the Craigslist ads and that his house was being cleaned
out.

When a woman tracked Salisbury down and called him to
claim his horse Salisbury rushed home. He even stopped a
truck full of his possessions on the way home. “I informed
them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff
back,” Salisbury to the Associated Press. “They showed
me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right
to do what they did.”

Deja Rip-Off

Believe it or not this is the second reported time a house
has been ransacked because of a Craigslist ad. Last May
a Seattle woman placed an ad on Craigslist stating:
“Moving out … House being demolished. Come and take
whatever you want, nothing is off limits,” without the
homeowners knowledge. The house was cleaned out.”

For the rest of this story:
http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/006699.html

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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