Craigslist is a terrific site in many ways. But it has a terrible safety record. While Craigslist has facilitated millions of transactions, not all of them go well. Rip-offs, robberies or rapes related to Craigslist are reported almost every day. And the rate of killings tied in some way to Craigslist is staggering. The list below is not necessarily complete (sadly). We also have broken down the types of killings; how the victims were lured to their deaths, and more. It’s a devastating story.

We highlight these killings only because we believe Craigslist should do much more to promote safety among its users, and because SafeTrade is the best way to stay safe when you’re trading in person through Craigslist or any other Internet site.

Craigslist Safety

How to Buy and Sell Safely on Craigslist

There are several easy steps that you can take to increase your safety and reduce online fraud when buying and selling on Craigslist and other online marketplaces.

The following resources provide Craigslist safety tips:

SafeTrade Stations (www.safetradestations.com)
Police stations throughout the U.S. are setting up SafeTrade Zones where individuals can meet up to buy and sell items on Craigslist and other online marketplaces. This site provide more information on staying safe and finding your local SafeTrade Station.

National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org)
Information and resources on how to stay safe online including keeping a clean computer, protecting your identity, tips for parents, and mobile devices.

OnGuardOnline.gov (www.onguardonline.gov)
Federal Trade Commission site with tools and info for staying safe online.

Get Safe Online (www.getsafeonline.org)
The UK's leading source for online safety information.