Ever since its humble beginning in 1995, Craigslist became the It website for posting items for exchange, resumes and of course – the weirdest classified adds ever. What started as an email distribution list between friends is now available in 70 countries worldwide and features anything from ads for roommates to the strangest requests ever written, like these ones:
#1 You're hot then you're cold
#2 Does it some with free shots from the vet?
#3 Who among us hasn't needed a jar of belly button lint?
#4 No medical experience necessary
#5 No medium size, ladies
#6 De Vinci is proud
#7 No Sal, no sale
#8 At least you'll save money on batteries
#10 Exactly what I need
Despite the fact that most ads on Craigslist are harmless enough, dozens of people were killed by strangers they met on the website. While most people are positive that no harm will come to them at the hands of someone they talked to in order to do a transaction, that's not how things work.
Violent crimes have shifted from face to face crimes to crimes being committed after online encounters, and Craigslist isn't the only website where people got hurt by someone they spoke to online. Whenever meeting someone online for any purpose, every person needs to be cautious and find out what lies in the past of strangers they might meet.
To do that, you can conduct a social media search and see if the person you spoke with is the same one that appears in such websites, like Facebook. This sneak peak can give you insight into a person's life and help you decide whether you should meet them or not.
While social media can give you a glance into a person's life, nothing can provide you with accurate information like the one found in public records. A background check on a person you met on Craigslist can help you find out if they have a violent past that might discourage you from meeting them. This type of search is especially important if you are going to a person's house or inviting them to yours to make the exchange you agreed on. Even if someone seems nice, going to a complete stranger's house is never a good idea, and it is definitely worse if they know where you live.
Craigslist ads make us all laugh sometimes, but the fact of the matter is that answering one can end up in a bad way. In order to avoid any harm to you or you loved ones, make sure you have information about the person you are about to meet.