People here often swear they will never use Craigslist because (among other reasons) they are worried about scammers. Yeah, it's a pain, but they are actually very easy to spot. For example, I listed an item on Craigslist this morning, and here is a response email I received almost immediately. It is a perfect example of a common scam: from: Rivka Sperl <email@example.com> i need to to know if you still have it available. if so as i am moving now reach me here please firstname.lastname@example.org OK gang, can you tell this is a scam? Here's how you know: The response comes to you within an hour or two of posting a new listing. This means someone is sitting there and responding automatically to every new listing, trying to hook someone. They don't mention your item specifically. They refer to it as "your item" or, in this case, "it." If you were selling a telecaster, a real buyer would say he is interested in your telecaster, or at least "your guitar." The generic reference to "your item" means they are sending the exact same email to every single seller of every single item. They use poor grammar or broken English. This is not always a sign of a scam, but it's more like a added tipoff. Some legitimate people are just careless with typing, or may not be native speakers, and that's fine. I have sold more than one thing to someone like that. And most importantly: They want you to contact them through some other means outside the Craigslist system. The purpose of the CL system is it does not publicly reveal your true contact info. When someone asks right away for you to contact them separately, they are fishing for your phone number or email address. Once they have that, there are all kinds of nasty things they can do. And finally, NEVER click on a hyperlink that comes to you blindly in a unsolicited email. This person wants me to contact them at the highlighted and underlined email, which is a hyperlink. But I don't know what will happen if I click that link. Maybe it will implant a virus, spyware, who knows. Don't click the link! All I do when I get an email like this is delete it. Not everyone is willing to endure this kind of BS, and I get it. But if you are selling a legitimate item at a fair price, legitimate buyers will show up, guaranteed. It just takes patience.