This past week in Aiken, South Carolina, there was a craigslist killing of sort. 23-year-old Frank Frazier Jr. was shot and killed during an attempted craigslist robbery police say. A couple responded to a craigslist ad for a used car for sale but the ad was a fake used to set up a robbery. The twist here is that Frazier was one of the alleged robbers and was shot and killed by a victim who was said to be defending herself. So far no charges have been filed against the woman but police are still investigating.
Even though it was one of the supposed bad guys that was killed this time this is another example of a scam that has cost too many lives recently. As I’ve mentioned before what criminals will do is post ads on craigslist, and many other un-moderated classifieds, for a car that is either high-end and rare or has a too good to be true price. Once at the meeting place the respondents to the ad will usually be robbed. This is because the victims usually have cash in had in order to buy a used car. In recent history these kinds of scams have cost the lives of Taylor S. Clark of Illinois, Bud and June Runion of Georgia, and Robert Polk of St. Louis.
With such a low threshold of entry virtually nothing on craigslist should be trusted. When shopping for a car I would recommend instead using a website where people pay to place ads. Not only does that mean someone is usually serious about selling a car but if some kind of criminal activity does take place there should be a paper trail to the perpetrator.