When Craig Newmark started a little service simplistically known as Craigslist in 1995, he probably never thought of the controversies that it would ignite.
The site, which reaches over 20 billion page views a month, has always maintained that it doesn’t want to maximize profits, it just wants to help people find everything that they need, like apartments, cars, jobs and dates.
However, it was inevitable that deviants would begin to run a muck on a site that only employs around 30 people.
As the Internet became more accessible, and Craigslist began popping up in about 700 cities in 70 different countries, people looking to get some, and crooks wanting to exploit them, came out of the woodwork.
It’s no secret that Craigslist has faced recent battles, like guys stalking girls and killing them.
This is also the case for guys looking for a one night stand. In fact, because of so many incidents in the erotic services category, the site shut it down, and created the adult service category in 2009 to rectify these problems. However, that hasn’t really changed things all that much.
So, if you’re browsing through Craigslist’s adult section, here are some of the popular scams that are bound to end up leaving you broke, battered, and embarrassed, instead of getting laid.
Getting Your Identity Stolen
Nowadays, this could happen any and everywhere, but here’s how it happened when some guys were responding to sex ads on Craigslist.
First up is a 23 year old from Minneapolis. Our victim was looking for sex partners and got a couple (a guy and a girl) to come to his place, which would have been not as bad if it were two girls. The three were fooling around until the other man asked to go to the bathroom. I think we can all see where this is heading.
After the man returned from the bathroom, he and his partner in crime said they had to jet. The 23 year old noticed not too long afterwards that his wallet was gone. A few weeks later his identity had been stolen too, which included getting a bank account in his name and using his credit cards to buy a computer.
Next up is another case in Minnesota (note to self, do not go to Minnesota and respond to any sex ads).
Last year a couple were arrested for doing similar crimes like our first example. The couple would place ads and meet the responders at a hotel or the victim’s place. The couple then resorted to picking the pockets of their targets. They would then use that person’s info to drain their bank accounts and steal their identities to buy things like prescription meds.
Escorts Gone Wrong
Here’s an unfortunate story about a 69 year old guy who got robbed after hiring an escort.
The man had 21 year old Lindsey Jacobson come to his house for a good time. As the two were outside soaking in the man’s hot tube, Jacobson said she had to go inside to change her clothes. After she didn’t come back for a while, the man got suspicious and went in to look for her. Instead of finding his date for the night, he discovered a man robbing his joint.
The robber had a gun, and when the victim went to take it away, he was beaten in the head several times instead. When all was said and done, the couple took the man’s wallet and some jewelry.
The worst thing about this robbery was that it didn’t happen to some old horn dog. The victim said that he hired the escort because he wanted companionship to fill the void of his wife who had passed away nine years earlier.
In Florida, a 17 year old and 18 year pair of girls posted fake ads on Craigslist for sexual encounters and massages. It started out as a simple prostitution ring, but eventually, it turned into our favorite scam, having some dudes show up to rob the victims.
You’re Actually Hiring a Prostitute
This isn’t all that shocking, since Craigslist is a perfect place for prostitutes, and customers, to hook up. I think most of us are all aware of this fact. However, if you’re looking to pay for sex, don’t do it on Craigslist, as cops are on scoping it out, or you could be blackmailed.
Speaking of extortion, in California the police busted up a sex extortion ring. Clients were threatened with exposing their habits if they didn’t fork over some more cash.
Besides extortion, cops are cracking down on Craigslist prostitutes as well.
In Long Island, a mother/daughter team were arrested for the second time on prostitution charges, as they were previously caught before in Bakersfield, California. Now that’s some family bonding.
Here’s another favorite. A man in the Bronx was caught pimping out his wife. You may be asking yourself, would a guy pimp out his wife? Because he lost his job as a graphic designer? Let me rephrase this. A graphic designer was arrested for pimping out his wife.
Of course there could be hundreds more that I could mention, but you have been warned. Everywhere from Tampa to Michigan to Alaska, Craigslist prostitution rings are being broken up. And not even fronting as giving “golf lessons” will work anymore.
Getting caught with a prostitute is one thing. Getting caught with an underage girl, well, that’s a whole other set of problems that you don’t want.
In Minneapolis, again, a woman was arrested for pimping out high school age girls. She got caught when one of her employees told the coppers that she was recruiting more underage girls to work as prostitutes.
In Eugene, Oregon, this is becoming a bit of an epidemic. Police have found around ten girls, ranging in ages from 14-17, posting sex for money ads on Craigslist.
Then there’s the Army private from Fort Meade that got girls to become prostitutes for him and his business partners. One of which was 16. They would ship girls from Ohio to Maryland, and run the business from an apartment. They then used the profits to buy ecstasy. Yup, that’s some real American heroes right there.
You’re Being Redirected to a Pay Site/Service
Another non-shocker when it comes to the Craigslist adult section, but hey, sometimes we just can’t help ourselves.
There have been numerous incidents of guys looking to get to laid, only to be left with a little less cash in their bank accounts after responding to a Craigslist ad.
It’s simple, actually.
A dude responds to an ad of what he thinks is a girl looking for a good time too. When he responds, he is then redirected to a paysite that asks for credit card info. If you’re a sucker, then you’ll keep going. Eventually, you’ll be texting and/or talking to a “hottie” for $50 a pop.
It’s a Prank
Yup, this was bound to happen too.
We all know that some ass clown, living in his mom’s basement, would have some fun at our horny expenses.
Then there’s this yakster, who explains how he’s going to prank single men in San Fran, just to see exactly how far they’ll go to get laid.
So remember, if you respond to a personal ad on Craigslist for a sex partner, it’s probably too good to be true. It’s either a prostitute, escort, cop, underage girl, a front for a paysite or someone pulling your chain. Just use common sense, pull yourself away from the computer screen and go back to the old reliable bar scene and street corners instead.
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