Names used by dating scammers
Back in 2009 I wrote a detailed post on this scam, and it appears it is still going on.
In fact, it's more widespread than ever, and the reason is that it is very easy to pull off, and almost impossible to track down the scammer. You scour the Craigslist ads for a rental home and find one that is both beautiful and very, very affordable. You contact the address in the ad and are told that the owner had to leave the country (usually for something like missionary work) and needs money to cover the mortgage.
It's bad enough that scalpers use Craigslist, buying tickets for and when the concert is sold out, selling them to you for 0. These scams won't just leave you paying a steep markup, but also without the tickets you thought you were buying.
Sophisticated scammers have found ways to replicate tickets to major events that look and feel legit. But these tickets are worthless, and when you buy them, you'll lose out twice.
You see an ad on Craigslist for something like a car, boat, expensive electronics, that kind of thing.
" Of course, the check they have sent you is fake, but the bank will often cash it and then discover the fraud later.