New York Apartment-Hunting Scams, Ranked – The Awl. This link discusses getting scam results on several different websites: Padmapper, Craigslist, Airbnb and Apartment finder. I experienced this myself when I applied for an apartment in the past from ApartmentFinder.
What happened was that I sent an email asking about the place and I never got a response. What I did get was apparently signed up to a spam list for a realty agent. I did not ask for that or want that. I just wanted to know what the apartment details where. It was below market price and “too good to be true”.
I guess that is the lesson isn’t it? That when something is too good to be true, it probably is. I stopped using Craigslist because the results were so mixed in with garbage. In time, you learn to avoid questionable sites on the Internet, and now I have to add these to the list. You really have to monitor your community or you just drive away your customers.
I should probably add that even major sites have no reason to trust them. Did you know that you can be served malware even on SSL or HTTPS trusted webpages? There are hacks that allow malware to be added at the hardware level, which means that it bypasses any software security settings. To me, using a Mac or Linux seems to be the safest way to protect yourself on the Internet.