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5 Reasons to Use Numbers in Post Titles

You hear the advice all the time – “post top 10 lists”, “post a comparison list”, and so on. Why? Because it absolutely works. Let’s see why....

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1. People Like Numbers and Lists

You do it, don’t you? Create a “to do” list? You think of something that you need to do, but you can’t do it “right now”, so you jot it down as something to do later when you get the time. Pretty soon, as the list expands, you start numbering the entries.

My word, how did that to-do list get to 12? I haven’t done any of it!

Posts in numbered list format feel ordered. They feel comfortable. They feel “like normal”. So, why would you not want to read a list that someone else has created?

Numbered lists are also easier for the reader to remember. Even if most of the list is forgotten later, you will probably at least remember the top 2 or 3 items. (Hint: Make sure you focus on the items in your numbered lists you want your reader to recall at a later date).

2. Numbers Tell A Reader What to Expect

Go to Yahoo.com. In their primary feed down the center of the page, you will likely see several different articles that proclaim, “10 (somethings) That (something else)”. When you see the title, you pretty much know what to expect, and how long it may take to peruse the article.

You think to yourself, “Yeah, I got time to read 10 items, especially if they are brief. Numbered lists are great!”.

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Sometimes, the items are nothing more than an image gallery or slideshow with some sort of caption under the image. BleacherReport.com is great for this. “Top 10 Reasons Why Your Team Will Succeed in 2014”. Generally, it takes about 3 minutes to read one of their posts (30 seconds if you just look at the pictures ? ).

Most of the time, if you have a mild interest in reading something, your limit is probably about 10 items. If your interest in something is high, larger lists might be preferable.

I get emails from KissMetrics.com with posts titles like “101 Reasons to (do something)”. I’m sure they get some readers for larger lists or they wouldn’t write them. (Of course, most of those larger list have very short item content – perhaps a single sentence).

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Outline for article (Photo credit: hawkexpress)

3. It Looks Like You’ve Done Your Homework

Most “official” research is numbered, or formatted like an outline. People know that because they either have had to do it, or they have read research formatted in this fashion. So, a numbered list “looks” like research, even if it was thrown together from just jotting down a few search results.

When someone reads a title with a number in it, they automatically assume, “Hey. This author must be very organized and know what they are talking about. Heck, they may be an Expert!”

4. Numbered Lists Are Easier to Write

Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a biggie.

Sometimes it is hard to write a flowing article, regardless of how good you really are. If you break it up into single “thoughts”, you can first put those down, and then fill in the gaps in between. It really is amazing how easily it is to come up with support for a statement once it is down “on paper”.

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The other advantage, when it comes to writing the post itslef, is the natural breaks in the content that occur. It’s like having chapters in a book. You don’t have to worry about how well the last sentence of a paragraph introduces the first sentence of the next paragraph. You just stop and then start writing the next “chapter”.

Top 10 Net Learning Tools (2012)
Top 10 List (2012) (Photo credit: mikecogh)

5. Numbered Lists Are Easier to Read

And, they look better. One of your major requirements as a writer is to make your reader feel as comfortable as possible.

Reading long never-ending paragraphs with lots of run-on sentences filled with all kinds of different thoughts and ideas that meander through a forest of random trivia and possibly minimize or leave out proper punctuation like commas and periods before you get to a proper ending point…

is never comfortable or “fun”.

Breaking the big chunks of text into smaller chunks of text will make your posts easier on the eye, therefore making your reader’s experience a positive one instead of negative. They will also appreciate the option skip over items they might already know about, and focus on what they really want to learn.

All of your metrics will improve – time on page, time on site, feedback and comments. SEO comes naturally when dealing with numbered lists. Search engines should be able to categorize them easier, and they will hopefully look better when the post is evaluated by a “manual reviewer”.

This is why all of the big sites and blogs use numbered list post as a major part of their posting strategy. It is why you should too.

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(Irony check. Hopefully everyone noticed that I used a number in the title of a post about using numbers in post titles ? ).

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    • Mountain Lion G.O.A.T
    • May 9, 2014
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    Why Hakeem Olajuwon Is The Third Greatest Player Ever, Do You Agree? The first thing I want to break down is how incredibly versatile and well rounded he was. Nobody else is close to Hakeem’s statistical feats. He is the only player who is even close to being top 12 in blocks, steals, rebounds, and
    BLOCKS: #1 all time, 3,830 (541 ahead of Mutombo is #2 of all time). No question he is the greatest shot blocker ever. For his size, 6’10”-6’11” it is even more impressive. He blocked Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOCMH_6NMBI (5:08 of the video). The other player I know of that did that was Wilt but Wilt was 7’2″ and he had a 7’8″ reach so it was easier for him. His highest block season was 4.59 bpg.
    STEALS: #8 of all time. 2,162 career steals How incredible is that? A 6’11” center is #8 of all time in steals. He is ahead of all the small and quick guards that played the game and only 7 people are ahead of Hakeem. His highest steals averaged are 2.6 spg.
    SCORING: #9 all time. 26,246. Not only was Hakeem a terrific defender, he could also score whenever he wanted. He is without question the greatest post player ever. His footwork, agility, speed, dribbling skills, and footwork were unheard of for a 6’11” center. He had more moves than anybody. “Hakeem has four moves, then four countermoves. That gives him 20 moves”-Shaquille O’Neal. He also humiliated Shaq, Robertson, and Ewing in the playoffs.
    Robinson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW4uXlRGAF0 (DPOY and MVP)
    Ewing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQUpFi369t8 (game 7 NBA finals)
    Shaq: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hRoMOAirnU (Shaq could not contain him the whole series, one of the reasons the Magic got swept)
    Kareem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGJl2MfyiI
    These are top 10 centers ever (Shaq and Kareem are top 5) and Hakeem humiliated them. The dream shake is the second greatest offensive move ever. 27.8 ppg is his highest scoring average.
    Rebounding: #12 all time. 13,748. Another impressive thing to add. You couldn’t keep Hakeem off the boards!
    14 rpg is his highest rebounding average.
    DEFENSE: I think it is safe to say he is the best defender ever. He is #1 all time in blocks, #8 in steals, and he could guard 1-5. He could guard Michael Jordan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epPwITy_BMU (2:33 of the video, also blocked Jordan 3 times and blocked the game winner)
    LEADERSHIP: Hakeem is one of the greatest leaders. He elevated his game in the playoffs. He lead his team to 3 finals and 2 championships. He had barely any help. He had who? Vernon Maxwell, Matt Bullard, Vernon Maxwell, Brooks, Thorpe, Horry (was better for the Lakers), and old and out of prime Drexler (didn’t have Drexler his first two finals). All of these people except Drexler were average-decent players. People say Hakeem would not have any rings if Jordan retired. Hakeem is 13-10 all time vs Jordan so he had no trouble beating Jordan. Jordan had a tough time against the Rockets.
    @Erwin here is my top 5:
    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    3. Hakeem Olajuwon (much better defender and rebounder than Bird and Magic)
    4. Larry Bird
    5. Magic Johnson
    Hakeem is the 2nd greatest center ever, not third.

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      I have Hakeem 3rd all-time also. I have him as the best center ever. He’s arguably the best player of all-time. I only have both MJ’s ahead of him. Here is an argument I made a while ago for Hakeem over Kareem (who I think is the 4th best player ever).

      Kareem tends to get a bit more credit because of the rings and stacked up stats and MVP awards but he played in a situation that allowed him to rack up those awards. First off, he played with the two greatest PG’s of all time in Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. When he was with the Lakers he had Magic setting him up and also had James Worthy as well and two are both top 50 greatest players ever. Hakeem led his Rockets past Kareem’s Lakers in the 1986 WCF when Kareem had a better team and was upset by Hakeem’s Rockets.

      Hakeem wasn’t given nearly as much help throughout his career and made due with what he was given and that is to counter people who say Kareem based off accomplishments. I think Hakeem was the better player all around and before I get to that I want to talk about how he is the more clutch player and how he made due with what he was given like I stated earlier.

      During the 1994-1995 NBA season his team had the 6th best record at 47-35 in the west. Hakeem come playoff time then turned in what would be the most pressured playoff run that a player and his team have ever had to endure in the history of the game in my opinion. First he had to play the Jazz in round 1 who had a record of 60-22 and home court advantage. He had to go up against the legendary duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone and prevailed even in the eliminated game of game 5.

      Game 1:
      Hakeem: 45pts, 8rebs, 6ast, 3blk, 2stl
      Malone: 25pts, 14rebs, 4ast
      Stockton: 28pts, 10ast

      Game 2:
      Hakeem: 27pts, 7rebs, 4ast, 3blk, 2stl
      Malone: 28pts, 17rebs, 2ast
      Stockton: 12pts, 12ast

      Game 3:
      Hakeem: 30pts, 10rebs, 3ast, 5blk
      Malone: 32pts, 19rebs, 5ast
      Stockton: 11pts, 13ast

      Game 4:
      Hakeem: 40pts, 8rebs, 3ast
      Malone: 31pts, 6rebs, 5ast
      Stockton: 26pts, 11ast

      Game 5 (Elimination):
      Hakeem: 33pts, 10rebs, 4ast
      Malone: 35pts, 10rebs, 3ast
      Stockton: 12pts, 5ast

      *Hakeem shot a much better fg% than Malone the whole series.

      Then after escaping a game 5 elimination game by 4 pts against the Jazz and needing two 40pt explosions in the series to do so he had to face the 59-23 Suns. In that series his team trailed the series 3-1 and Hakeem led his team to a game 7 and a victory. After losing game 4 and scoring 38 points and Hakeem’s team now being down 3-1, Hakeem destroyed the entire series to give his team 3 straight wins and averaged 30ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.3bpg, and 5.7apg for the rest of the series along with a 1 point win in game 7 to advance against David Robinson’s 62-20 win spurs, in a series that Hakeem held Robinson to 42%fg shooting while putting up these numbers during the 7 game series.

      Game 1 vs Spurs: 27pts, 8rebs, 6ast, 5blks
      Game 2 vs Spurs: 41pts, 16rebs, 4ast, 2blks
      Game 3 vs Spurs: 43pts, 11rebs, 4ast, 5blks
      Game 4 vs Spurs: 20pts, 14rebs, 5ast, 3blks
      Game 5 vs Spurs: 42pts, 9rebs, 8ast, 5blks
      Game 6 vs Spurs: 39pts, 17rebs, 3ast, 5blks

      In an important game 6, David Robinson was hounded by Hakeem’s defense to shoot only 6-17 from the field.

      Then in the finals Hakeem’s rockets sweep Shaq’s Magic who had a 57 win season. Hakeem posted 32.8ppg, 11.3rpg, and 5.5apg vs Shaq’s 28ppg, 12.5rpg, and 6.3apg series to win he series and win the title.

      *Hakeem had no home court throughout the entire playoffs.
      * Trailed a series 3-1
      * Went 4-0 in elimination games.
      * Out played 2 all time great centers.

      With that said, Hakeem was able to do all this without a great PG like Kareem and without HOF talent that were in their primes and Hakeem found a way to get another ring. Hakeem had better moves in the post that Kareem, Hakeem was also a better defender and won defensive player of the year and became the all time leader in blocks in an era that had much more athletic players. And Hakeem played the passing lanes better and is among the top 10 in steals yet he is a center. He was able to switch onto guards in pick and rolls and guard them better than Kareem could. Kareem had him in rebounds a bit and assists, but Hakeem was better on offense, and defense and with the above information along with other things done in Hakeem’s career he was the better pressure player and more clutch. Imagine what Hakeem could have done playing with Oscar or Magic..
      __
      @ irwin: Kareem played with Oscar and Magic. He had Oscar before Magic. Kareem was with the Lakers before Magic, and never won anything. Kareem even got hurt in the 1980 finals and Magic started at center and dominated for 42/12/7. Hakeem never played with anyone that good. Hakeem won a title with a 6th seed team against the top 4 teams in the NBA while Kareem never did. Yeah, because Drexler was TOTALLY in his prime at that time….

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    • Randy
    • May 11, 2014
    Reply

    Do I Have To Use Two Last Names ? Do i have to use the two last names that are on my ss card for everything i do or can i just use one. For example, college.

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      Yes

      If your legal name includes two last names, then you must use those two surnames on applications, legal documents, etc.

      Here are the steps to take if you want to legally change your name:

      Choose your new name carefully. Practice signing with it. Have a few people close to you call you by that name, and see how you like it. You can change your first name, middle name, last name, or all of the above. Just make sure your new name doesn’t imply “fraudulent intent” or is not in the public interest by:

      Avoiding bankruptcy by pretending to be someone else

      Violating a trademark

      Using numbers or symbols (except Roman numerals)

      Using obscene words.

      Fill out a petition. Most states require you to fill out a petition (or application) listing your reasons for wanting to change your name. Remember that this will be submitted to a judge, so make sure it explains your reasoning completely and correctly.

      If you’re changing your name after a divorce, contact your divorce lawyer. He or she may be able to help you speed up the process.

      If you’re an immigrant, ex-convict or attorney, you’ll also need an affidavit of service of notification to authorities

      Have your petition notarized or signed by a court clerk.

      Make copies for your own records.

      File your petition with your local civil court. Visit your local civil court in person to file the petition with a clerk. He or she will give you a court date, which you should make sure you can attend.

      Attend your hearing. Most name-change hearings are fairly straightforward. The judge might have a few questions for you, though. Try to answer clearly and honestly.

      If the judge denies your request, get a copy of the denial and try again.

      Get a copy of your name change court order. If the judge approves your request, you’ll be granted a name change court order, probably given to you by your local civil court clerk. Make a copy for your records.

      Put an ad in the newspaper announcing your name change (optional). This gives the public a chance to object to your name change if, say, you owe debt under your current name. Some states allow you to simply post in a public place such as a designated bulletin board at the courthouse.

      Take your court order to the Social Security Administration, or mail in a certified copy. Make sure you also have your birth certificate, photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or state ID) and a completed application for a new Social Security card (found at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf).

      Receive your new Social Security card. You should get your new card in the mail 10 days after your request was processed (either the date you visited SSA in person or the date listed on your receipt).

      Change your name on your driver’s license or state ID. Visit your local DMV with your new Social Security card, your court order, and your old driver’s license or state ID.

      Change your name on all your other documentation. Here’s a short list of what you might consider:

      Bank accounts

      Credit cards

      Leases or mortgages

      Car title

      Voter registration

      Medical offices

      Post office boxes.

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    • Antoinette
    • May 20, 2014
    Reply

    How Would I MLA Works Cite This? I thought i did it right now apparently not?

    Sources:

    2. ???Alternatives: Testing without Torture.??? PETA.
    http://www.peta.org/factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=87

    3. ???Animal Welfare Act and Regulations.??? National Agricultural Library.
    http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm
    4. ???Product Testing: Toxic & Tragic???. PETA.
    http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=91

    5. Vasen, Debbie. ???Cosmetic Animal Testing.??? Love to know.
    http://makeup.lovetoknow.com/Cosmetic_Animal_Testing

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      For instructors or editors that still wish to require the use of URLs, MLA suggests that the URL appear in angle brackets after the date of access. Break URLs only after slashes.

      Ex.

      Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. < http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/poetics.html>.

      You can find the 2009 resource for MLA format here

      http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

      And I will do the first one for you so you can see how it is done.

      PETA Media Center. Alternatives: Testing Without Torture. PETA.Org, 27 September 2009. < http://www.peta.org/factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=87>

      Keep in mind that on YA for some reason the greater than and lesser than signs pop up at the beginning of the URL when the URL should be enclosed by them. Look at the example of the web page I gave you to see how it is done and for the life of me I can't get it to do it on here so just not to screw you up later.
      Here are some common features you should try and find before citing electronic sources in MLA style. Not every Web page will provide all of the following information. However, collect as much of the following information as possible both for your citations and for your research notes:

      Author and/or editor names (if available)

      Article name in quotation marks (if applicable)

      Title of the Website, project, or book in italics. (Remember that some Print publications have Web publications with slightly different names. They may, for example, include the additional information or otherwise modified information, like domain names [e.g. .com or .net].)

      Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.

      Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.

      Take note of any page numbers (if available).

      Date you accessed the material.

      URL (if required, or for your own personal reference).

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    • Andre Fleming
    • May 23, 2014
    Reply

    Did Anybody Else Get A ‘job Offer’ Scam From Fintec Inc? I recently had an email after uploading my CV at totaljobs, saying they were a company called FinTec Inc their web link was http://www.fintec-ltd.cc/about/us. It was a job offer to be a ‘payment processing agent’. I have since googled and it looks like scam, I dont even know if this title exits. did anybody else recieve the same?? Is this a scam??

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      100% scam.

      There is no job.

      There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

      The next email will be from another of the scammer’s fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the “manager” and will demand you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send the money via Western Union or moneygram back to him. The only real job here is you paying back your bank for all their money you sent to that scammer overseas.

      Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

      Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

      You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

      Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

      Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

      6 “Rules to follow” to avoid most fake jobs:
      1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
      2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
      3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
      4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
      5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
      6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

      Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed ‘red flags’ and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

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    • Steelers Fan52(:
    • May 29, 2014
    Reply

    Craigslist Scam Part Two.? After asking about the 2005 toyota tacoma that wad posted for sale $2400 and sayin I was interested I recieved this email seemed fishy…scam??

    Hello again ,
    The truck is at the shipping company in Helena,MT sealed and ready to ship it,as I got a new job and moved here to start over.We will use eBay Buyer Protection Program, so we can both be protected and insured .I’m very busy with my job, so I can’t meet you in person,reason for why I chose to sell my truck online.
    I just need your full name , full address and phone number so eBay can send you the invoice in which you’ll see how to make this transaction . I supposed to ship the truck to another buyer, then he told me that he found another vehicle so is no longer interested . He already paid the shipping charges . The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the truck with all the papers( title , vehicle registration, warranty papers,transfer papers etc ) . You will get a 5 days testing period after delivery . During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money .
    I`m waiting your details to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.
    Looking forward to hear from you,
    Rebeca

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      100% scam.

      There is no truck.

      There are stolen pictures of someone else’s truck.

      There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

      The next email will be from another of the scammer’s fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the “eBay Buyer Protection Program” and will demand you pay for “shipping costs and insurance”, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

      Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

      Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

      You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

      Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

      Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

      If you google “fake car shipping scam”, “western union shipping fraud” or something similar you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near victims of this type of scam.

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    • Kyle F
    • June 8, 2014
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    Is This A Craigslist Job Scam? I was contacted by a company claiming that they buy cars from other dealers, however these dealers will not sell direct to the company due to some policy. They want to pay me $200 for signing a bill of sale ahead of time, promising to transfer the title to them, then go to the dealership and sign paperwork putting the car in my name. They claim they will pay for the car in full with a cashiers check. once the title come in the mail I sent it tot them and the job is complete. for now they want a copy of my drivers license and insurance to get started.

    Sounds vary fishy but I didn’t come up with much info searching the web.

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      100% scam.

      There is no company buying cars. The cashier’s check is FAKE and will BOUNCE but not until AFTER you transfer the car to the the scammer. Now they have the car, free and clear, and you have $200 and owe the dealership thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. The dealership WILL report you to the local law enforcement agency AND take you to court to demand you pay them for the car you have now stolen. You will be extremely lucky to not end up in prison for years.

      The scammers who contacted you use fake names and free email addresses. Since that scammer intended to steal your money, he did not give you his real life information. All you have is one of his fake names, one of his free email addresses, one of his fake stories and one of his paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers. None of that information is going to help your local law enforcement agency track down that anonymous scammer sitting in a cyber cafe half way around the world from you.

      If you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being an ideal buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

      You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

      Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

      Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

      6 “Rules to follow” to avoid most fake jobs:
      1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
      2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
      3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
      4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
      5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
      6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

      Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed ‘red flags’ and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

      If you google “Western Union scam”, “moneygram payment scam”, “fake payment fraud” or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.

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