Don’t people know by now that Craigslist can be a very dangerous thing? We’ve all heard stories of people advertising stuff for sale on CL and then having said stuff ripped off by people posing as buyers. We’ve heard about the “massage” ads that lead to everything from robbery to prostitution charges to murder. And now the latest CL tragedy surrounds people answering job ads listed on the site.
According to an AP report, two Ohio men posted a phony job ad seeking a caretaker for a 688-acre cattle farm. A Florida man and a South Carolina man answered the ad, and were told to bring all their belongings to the Ohio farm because they would be living there. Then the Florida man was murdered, while the SC man was shot but subsequently escaped and reported the incident to authorities.
Now a 52-year-old Akron man and a 16-year-old juvenile are being held in custody pending charges. The AP didn’t state the relationship between the two suspects, but just from their ages it sounds to me like this could be some sick father-son combo.
Anyway, I know that people are desperate for work right now and are willing to travel great distances in order to earn some money. But my god, with all the bad things that happen with Craigslist, YOU NEED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL and VIGILANT!!! I personally would NEVER answer a CL ad that required any kind of face-to-face meeting unless I had another person with me. Obviously 99% of all CL transactions go through without any kind of violence, but still… Why risk it?