SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A new study indicates that Craigslist is not doing a good job of catching certain scams on its website.
That study said that Craigslist catches only about half the scam rental listings that people post on the site. More than two million rental listings were analyzed over five months.
Researchers from New York University Tandon School of Engineering found 29,000 fake listings in 20 major cities, including San Francisco.
They said there are various kinds of rental scams, including asking for rent deposits via wire transfers. The victims never see that money again.
People are also asked to pay upfront fees to a company that doesn’t even have a connection to the properties listed.
It is hoped the study will help develop better ways to identify a scam.