February 18, 2024 at 2:31 am

Craigslist Scammer Tried To Rip Someone Off, But They Turned The Tables And Ended Up With A Bunch Of Cash

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/Unsplash/@mimithian

Oh, this is a satisfying read!

Anytime a scammer gets what’s coming to them, we should all stand up and salute the folks that made it possible…

And this is one of those times!

Check out how they got they got the best of a scammer in this story from Reddit.

Beat a Craigslist scammer at his own game.

“So I was hunting for a rental house for the valentines day weekend and wasn’t finding much, so I popped into the local Craigslist page and found a place at a decent but very believable price.

This doesn’t sound right…

No contact info or website, so I emailed through the Craigslist relay, everything sounds legit up until he asks me to pay using Zelle or bank transfer.

Immediately knew it was a scam but I played along acting confused because I’d never used Zelle, he sends me the Zelle info to send the payment.

At this point I reverse image search the cabin and find the actual property owner info and call them.

This smelled BAD.

He confirmed that he has had this scam happen before and angry people show up expecting a rental that is already legitimately reserved and demanding a refund.

I give him the links and info to the fake Craigslist posting so he can report it.

So now I have confirmed that this is 100% a scam so I decide to have a go at this guy and see how far I can get.

After a few more confused sounding email regarding how to get the money to him over Zelle I send him the request but instead of paying him I sent it as a request for payment.

What an idiot!

I send a few more messages saying it is not going through and then I get a notification saying a payment has been received.

Sure enough he approved my payment request and sent me the money he was trying to get me to send him.

So I had over $400 sitting in my Zelle account from a guy in Nigeria who was trying to scam me out of my romantic weekend.”

Let’s see how people responded on Reddit.

This person had some advice…

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another reader shared a story from their bank.

Source: Reddit/AITA

This Reddit user shared a funny story.

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another reader pulled their own scam.

Source: Reddit/AITA

And this person talked about the danger of dating sites.

Source: Reddit/AITA

We salute you!

Nicely done!

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