For some reason, people don't often apply the same cautious approach to purchasing things off Craigslist
as they do to, say, meeting a potential partner off Craigslist.
Well, they should. Oakland police have issued a warning after a recent spate of robberies; people who had arranged to meet a seller from the classifieds site were instead held up at gunpoint.
The police have offered advice to would-be Craigslist shoppers, and we second their suggestions. Always meet in a public place. (We suggest a crowded Starbucks.) Don't carry large amounts of money to the meeting. (If the item costs a significant sum, meet and check out the item first, sans cash.) And, if anything seems even slightly suspicious, leave immediately.
Most of these tips are applicable to meeting anyone offline for any reason. Just because you're not setting up a romantic rendezvous doesn't mean you're out of harm's way.
Top Eight Online Hoaxes
Photoshopping Dupes America
In 2000, a photo of a giant cat
named Snowball was forwarded around the Internet and posted on many Web sites. The accompanying story was that a man had an 87-pound cat that was born to a mother that lived near a nuclear lab. The story spread so far that it was discussed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Good Morning America. Unfortunately, it was just computer-manipulated image made by Cordell Hauglie, the man in the picture, yet people still haven't realized that you can't believe everything you see
on the Web.
In April 2006, Elle Girl's print edition was closed down, but the Web site lives on at ellegirl.com.
Though it will be folded into Seventeen magazine, the teen version of Cosmopolitan will publish its last print issue in December 2008. It will live on at CosmoGirl.com.
Christian Science Monitor
Founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, this venerable paper will move all its daily content to the Web starting in 2009, though it will still publish a weekly print version.
Was it too snarky for its own good? We'll never know, but this modern-day successor to '80s-era Spy magazine shut down in October. AMI, owner of the National Enquirer, bought RadarOnline.com, however, which will focus on celebrity gossip a la TMZ.com.
US News and World Report
Once a serious competitor to Time and Newsweek, US News and World Report is now best known for its College guides, which it will continue to publish. The weekly newsmagazine, however, will be turned into a monthly, and all daily operations are moving to the Web at usnews.com.