How to Delete a Fraudulent Posting on Craigslist

By Edward Mercer

Craigslist covers eveything from romantic classifieds to job postings.
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Craigslist, the online classified site serving cities throughout the world, can be a useful tool for small businesses, enabling them to post job openings, advertise services or purchase goods. While the vast majority of classifieds posted to Craigslist are legitimate, a few bad apples do manage to slip through, and fraudulent posts can provide false information or aim to steal personal or financial data. Only the creator of a classified ad can instantly delete it from the site, but, as a user, you can flag and report fraudulent ads to Craigslist, prompting site operators to delete the ad and even block the user.

Navigate to the fraudulent ad and click on the "Prohibited" link in the box at the top right of the screen. Clicking the link flags the ad for review by Craigslist staff.

Return to the main Craigslist screen by clicking on the link for your city on the top left of the screen. Click on "Help, FAQ, Abuse, Legal" from the menu column on the left.

Click on the "Contact Us" link under General Help.

Toggle the "Report Spam or Scam" button under Type of Issue. Fill in your name, email address and location on the form.

Type in a descriptive subject to explain the nature of the fraud and describe the issue as fully as possible in the last box. Include the post ID number and a detailed explanation of why the post is fraudulent. If you were contacted by the poster of the fraudulent ad, include information about your communication and, if possible, the text of your email exchanges.

Click on the "Send Email Message" button at the bottom of the form to submit your message and inform Craigslist of the need to delete the post and take action against the poster.


If you have been the victim of Internet fraud, you should also report the incident to a government regulatory agency, such as the FTC or IC3 in the United States.

Always exercise caution when disclosing personal or financial information online. Ask yourself if the user requesting the information actually needs it to complete the transaction and whether you trust the user enough to give it to him.