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Here is a hint:
If a craigslist ad poster claims to be a photography student working on a project, but has run the same ad for the last 8 years, odds are pretty good that it is a scam and he just wants you to send him nude photos of yourself.
Craigslist is a great place to do business, but you have got to do your homework and be smart about it. And when you find something that even looks wrong, flag it. The biggest problem with our area’s CL pages is that nobody flags the shady stuff. More than half of these scammers and spammers would be gone if everyone flagged the things that they see which violate the rules/TOS of the site.
To be fair, CL could be a lot more aggressive in enforcing its own rules when something does get brought to their attention. I didn’t mean to put the blame solely on the users, as there is plenty more that CL could be doing about things like this. But it does have to start with the users flagging better.
Ha-ha! I have seen that guy’s ads! What a loser! :)
He has them posted all over SW Mich CL lists, too. Kzoo, Muskegon, etc.
I think a lot of the reason people don’t bother flagging is because it never seems to do anything, or if it does it takes too long. The whole user-moderation system at CL just doesn’t work. It needs to be more robust and responsive.
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