How to Report a Craigslist Scam

If you're the victim of a scam, make sure to: Flag the listing on Craigslist by clicking the red flag icon so that you can warn others. Also send a detailed report to Craigslist. Report the scam to the FTC at and to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at .

If you use Craigslist regularly, you may come across suspicious posts that you suspect to be scams. Reporting these scams is crucial to keeping Craigslist a safe and reliable marketplace for everyone. In this post, we will guide you through the steps of reporting a scam on Craigslist.

There are two ways to report a scam on Craigslist:

1. Flagging the Posting: When you come across a suspicious post, click on the flag icon above the post. Posts that are flagged by the community are taken off the site. Craigslist staff or the website’s automated system will take down the suspicious listing.

2. Sending a Form to Craigslist: Go to and click on the “About Craigslist” option on the bottom left. From there, choose the “Contact Form” option and select “Scams, Spam, and Flagging.” Choose the option, “I encountered a fraudulent posting or a scam on Craigslist.” Fill out the form with accurate information, including the post ID of the fraudulent post. To find the post ID, go back to the post and scroll down to the bottom left, where you will see the post ID. Copy and paste it into the form. Click “Send Message” to submit your report.

Reporting scams on Craigslist is crucial to maintaining a safe and reliable marketplace for everyone. We hope this guide has been helpful in reporting any scams you may come across.


How do I report a scam post on Craigslist?
If you suspect that an item posted for sale on Craigslist may be part of a scam, please e-mail the details to [email protected]. Be sure to include the URL (or 10-digit post ID number) in your message. Please use the “spam” flag link in the top right corner of a spam posting.
Can police help with a Craigslist scam?
Go to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The FBI operates a website for reporting internet crime including fraudulent Craigslist ads. The IC3 reviews complaints and forwards them to any federal, state, or local agencies with jurisdiction over the subject matter of the complaint.
How do I get rid of a scam ad on Craigslist?
Use the “contact us” link in the help section. Select "flagging, terms of use (TOU) violations, scams" to report a fraudulent post. Fill out the form with your identifying information, and explain the problem you're having with the post you want deleted.
What can a Craigslist scammer do with my phone number?
Your phone number is an easy access point for scammers and identity thieves. Once scammers know your number, they can target you with phishing texts and calls, or trick you into downloading malware and giving up personal information.