How to Flag a Scammer on Craigslist

By Carolyn Luck

Flag Craigslist scams to enhance consumer protection.
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Craigslist is a website that offers local forums and classifieds using a community-moderated platform. Largely free to those who post and search, it has attracted both small business owners and online scammers. Craigslist urges users to flag posts when scams and spammers are recognized. As a small business owner using Craigslist, with every spammer you flag, you're increasing the integrity of the site. Flagging is easy, and can be done with a simple click. Although it is not required, you can use an additional online submission form to offer further details about questionable posts.

Determine the likelihood that the post is actually spam. Consider factors listed in the post, such as frequent or excessive posting of the same ad, location of the dealer, requests for the wiring of funds using Western Union or MoneyGram services, or the use of an online escrow service, claims that transactions are guaranteed or protected by Craigslist, requests for partial payments prior to shipping or job offerings from foreign companies that claim to wire paycheck funds.

Flag a post by clicking the “Spam/Overpost” option that appears in the upper-right corner of the post’s main page.

Complete the online submission form found on the Craigslist “Contact Us” page (see link in Resources). Check off the “Report Spam or Scam” option that appears in the “Type of Issue” section. Include your name, email address, location, subject and specific issue in the spaces provided, then click “Send Email Message” to submit your flag.


You can also use the online submission form to report technical support and billing issues, harassment, press and media issues, law enforcement issues and suggestions.