What Does It Mean to Voice Verify on Craigslist?
By Aaron Charles
On Craigslist there are generall, two major kinds of business -- commercial business, in which there is the buying and selling of goods and services or the advertising of work opportunities, and personal business, which is handled largely in the "personals" section of the Craigslist site. What it means to "voice verify" on Craigslist depends on the type of business you're involved in.
You can't voice verify in this way if your phone number is from outside the U.S. or Canada, is a pre-paid mobile phone number, a toll-free number, or a voice over Internet protocol number. Furthermore, Craigslist won't accept your phone verification if the phone number you enter is connected to a Craigslist account already in use. In that case, the only way to free up the phone number is to unlink the phone number from that account. This, though, can be done only after 90 days have passed since the phone number was linked to that account.
Another way that Craigslist users voice verify is when using Craigslist's "personals" section. Entering the search terms "voice verify" in that section of the Craigslist site gives evidence of that, particularly in Craigslist communities based in larger urban areas. People do this as a way to verify the gender or age of a person, to the extent that's possible, or to just get a feel for the person over the phone.
If you do plan to use Craigslist's personals section and to voice verify those you meet there, take your precautionary measures even further, for your safety's sake. One of Craigslist's golden rules for doing business on the site -- whether it's commercial or personal business -- is to first always meet someone you've never met personally in a public, non-secluded place. Furthermore, take your cell phone with you and trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, don't be afraid to walk away.
Aaron Charles began writing about "pragmatic art" in 2006 for an online arts journal based in Minneapolis, Minn. After working for telecom giant Comcast and traveling to Oregon, he's written business and technology articles for both online and print publications, including Salon.com and "The Portland Upside."