My partner and I sort-of fell for a Craigslist scam. We didn’t lose any money thank goodness, but some personal information has been compromised, and I wasted three days of apartment hunting and emotional investment on this place.
The logistical next steps are covered (we made complaints to Craigslist, the Internet Crime Complaints website, and the FTC; we’re putting fraud alerts on our credit reports). It doesn’t help that it’s student move-in week in a college town so most everything is booked, and as a result there are A LOT of scams going on Craigslist right now — over 50% of the ads I’ve clicked in fact.
But how do you cope emotionally after being scammed? I feel like now I’m seeing scams everywhere, even on the ones that aren’t. I’m frustrated and disappointed and disillusioned, and maybe just a little embarrassed. I feel like there is no way we will ever find an affordable place with our specifications and now I’m gun-shy about private contracts for housing. –Heather