Police in the Annapolis MD area are cautioning people about some of the dangers of Craigs List. As REALTORS® we all know about the rental scams that can occur from listing a property on Craigs List.

Since Craigs List can be local in certain metropolitan areas, buyers and sellers of merchandise have a tendency to meet in person, rather than conduct the business via mail or delivery service. Recently, there have been several reports of buyers luring Craigs List sellers to remote areas and robbing them.

Craigs List provides a valuable service to a great many people. Despite this, a little prudence in where you might be meeting a potential buyer is warranted.

Like the sergeant used to say in the old "Hill Street Blues" television show, "Be careful out there."


Richard Iarossi, REALTOR®
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Comment balloon 11 commentsRichard Iarossi • January 01 2009 11:31PM


Richard.. a very good point. People need to be aware of the scams out there, even in real estate. On another note, how did you do the Tweeter thing and link to your page so people can follow you?  thanks

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 10 years ago

Richard - I have sold and bought several items from craigslist and always go with somebody and make sure I pick a public spot. Good reminder. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Anytime one can meet a stranger on the spur of the moment one has to use caution.  We all need those alarm bells going off in our heads and have to learn to listen to them.

Thank you Richard for pointing this out.  I hope 2009 is the year that we hear success stories about how real estate agents and consumers foil assaults and robberies.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 10 years ago

Jeff, The image is public domain so feel free to right click and copy it. When you put it in a post, highlight it and add your link to Twitter. TWITTER NAME. I've created a draft post with just my signature line and all I do is copy and paste everything to a new post.

Rita/Brian, Craigs list is a terrific resource, but unlike eBay a lot of people buying and selling on Craigs list meet face to face for the transaction. Lately, there have been a couple of incidents around here that have been criminal.

Kris, So many people have no clue where they are at any given time. We always have to be careful about potential danger around us at all times. Sad, really.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago


Craig's list has a bad reputation and is really scary! I think that people should avaoid at all costs!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Richard:

I've heard some horror stories.  And still, there are some sellers that want their home on craigslist anyway...go figure.

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

It is unbelievable what people come up with. I guess the more desperate time get the more crime we will see

Posted by Anne Hensel, Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island (South Beaches Real Estate Professionals) over 10 years ago

Rich, A great public service message. People just love the flea market we call Craig's list however so do the crooks! Good post Rich...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 10 years ago

The same has happened here. There's also been a problem with vacant properties, with people calling up and asking to meet a Realtor at the property for a look-see.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- make it a good start.

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago


Posted by Michel Bell, Seasoned & Full Time Real Estate Broker (Coldwell Banker Prime Properties) about 9 years ago

What is this world coming to.  It's just so sad that we have to always look over our shoulder.  Thanks for the great post.

Posted by Michele Hanigan, Realtor - Dallas & Plano Real Estate - (214)738-5555 (Keller Williams Realty Plano, Texas) about 8 years ago

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