Monday, April 9, 2007

Fake advertisement on craiglist

You thought craglist cant harm you. It can, says Times online

Read on this interesting story...

Everything including the kitchen sink was stripped from a rental home in after an advert on Craigslist invited people to take whatever they wanted free.

The landlord of the house in Tacoma, Washington State, says the ad, posted last weekend was fake. “It said come and take what you want. Everything is free,” Laurie Raye told Seattle’s KING-TV.

Mr Raye had cleaned out the rental after evicting a tenant. After the advert appeared, the property was stripped of the sink, light fixtures and the hot water heater. Even the front door and a vinyl window were pilfered, Mr Raye said.

Neighbours said they saw strangers hauling items away, apparently looking for salvage material.

Jim Buckmaster, the chief executive of Craigslist, said that the ad was on the site for less than two hours before users flagged it down. He said Craigslist rarely encounters such false postings, despite receiving 25 million postings each month.

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