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Old 05-14-2010, 09:15 AM
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Just wanted to put my 2 cents in on this one. This IS a scam, however Cheese2009, Craigslist is a great place to get business. So far that is the only advertising that I do and seems to be working great. You just have to deal with these type or the phone calls from the supposed US Yellow Page Directory if you put in your phone number. Just look at the way any of them are writen as far as replies. The one like "Hows it going? I am very interested in your service." and then they have a link to any site... DELETE... Don't reply at all. the only thing they are looking for is your actual email address so they may spam you hard. Lastly always put it as anonymize when it comes to the email otherwise your will just get nonstop spammed.

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One more thing, just a little secret, I post every Monday and Friday around 6 or 7 am. Reason being, office workers, like I was, alot of the time don't want to be there those two days and are looking for anything else to look at other then work those 2 mornings. I normally do 1-2 legit estimates off of every post that i put on there.

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I took the check and printed off all the emails I got from them and went to the FBI office. I doubt they will ever be able to get the guy.
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This is a very interesting post.

I would think no matter what, don't deal with anyone for lawn care that is outside of the country. You may not want to deal with anyone you can't meet in person either.


What kind of problems can he run into, even giving his address?
I have a customer Ive never met im not saying it happens all the time and the whole time i thought it was some scam. But she called my number out of country left email, went to her house, told her how much, she sends checks via online BOA mail and pays before I do any service. So it can work. Spoke with her renter so that helped, I guess she normally live in California and has a rental here dnt ask me why.

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My reason for posting was this. I put an ad out on craigslist a couple of times last week. I was thinking it was free advertising. However, out of the post I only got one legitimate response. Everything else was spam and this scam guy. So was wondering is graigslist really worth the hassle. Sure its free advertising but is it worth it really?
Ive also heard of people having great leads on craigslist but there are plenty of other free avenues of free advertising to go with. Blogspot, Google Maps, Bing, Yellow pgs, etc obviously some you can upgrade from free to paying but some how from shear dumb luck im on the first page of google maps listing (3-6 or so) on a google search. Maybe its cause I used blogspot as my listed website was all I had at the time. did that make sence?

Ive got more business from the free stuff then my website and flyers combined. You just have to be creative.
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So far I have only advertised on Craigslist. I've made enough money to sustain myself so far.

Everytime I post I get replies. A lot of my regular customer I never meet, or have only met a couple times. I show up, mow, and leave a bill. I'm soon to change that, as I'm tired of the slow payers, but it works for me.

I haven't gotten any spam yet, but I'm also going to start telling people that I need payment up front. Even though I haven't been screwed yet, I don't want that day to happen.

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i have had so success with this, but the emails that i love are the ones that say something like "before you sell this item" funny i have never offered to sell anything, only services
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i love are the ones that say something like "before you sell this item" funny i have never offered to sell anything, only services
Can you tell us a little more about these type of emails? Do you have a copy of one? I am guessing these are scam emails sent after posting?
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** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY - AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html


Hey.. I saw the craigslist ad you put up, i was wondering if this was still available... Please let me know! Thanks http://toledo.craigslist.org/lab/1823758846.html



this message was remailed to you via: job-va2d2-1823758846@craigslist.org
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There is somebody calling to have people mow yards for $15 a lawn. The thing thats strange is that they want about 60 pictures on each spot. Why not just one to four before and after photos? It seems kind of strange. A guy that I work with within my business, told me that they don't pay you until the end of the month. They do give you a lot of yards I think like 20 a day and your only at one spot for about 10 minuets. The only reason why he's working for me and not them is because he can't afford to spend a ton of money on gas to get these jobs done and not be able to get paid until the end of the month.
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Yea those are bank properties, I have done some of those the pay $15 for anything under 15,000 sq feet and under 1foot tall. Anything over 15,000 of taller than a foot you take pictures an the you bid on the property. They pay on the 1st and the 15th
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