i have a 4 year old 8ft fence 56ft that blew over and can be picked up forAt 7:05 pm, two dudes with a pickup truck showed up at the house and tried to load the fence and haul it away. They were told to leave and I went to search Craigslist and learned about the above ad for the first time. I contacted Craigslist and reported the incident to my local police department. About an hour later, the Craigslist ad was removed and I received a message from Craigslist that identified the poster as using an email address firstname.lastname@example.org and an IP address of 188.8.131.52. I found out that 184.108.40.206 matched the IP address of the email correspondence from the above fence repair company.
free at (my address).......just come by and pick it up
if your in the area
I reported my findings to the local police department and they paid a visit to the individual, who claimed that he did not post the Craigslist ad, but that an employee of his might have sent it. The police officer called me back about 30 minutes later and said that the individual from the fence repair company called him and told him that what really happened was that his girlfriend posted the Craigslist ad (her name is not Natalie but she apparently used email@example.com) in error and he apologized.
Whether this was an attempt at committing a fraud, or a legitimate mistake, I only post this information to demonstrate the benefit of doing a little detective work (contacting the right people, looking at details such as timestamps, IP addresses, and the raw email message source) when you feel like you're getting ripped off. I learned through this experience that if someone posts a Craigslist ad that contains your information, or is otherwise offensive or illegal, the best way is to flag the post, and then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with a link to the post (I've also heard if you put "911" in the subject line, that helps). Be safe!