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Craigslist new phone verification system is now kicking into high gear where they will soon require it for all cities and all categories. Already as of 10/18/08 they require phone verification for most cities and categories. How do you bypass, avoid, or get around this new phone verification requirement for all accounts?

This means you can no longer post your ads to Craigslist without an account for every city you want to post to. In addition, you will have to have each account verified by phone and your phone number will have to have the correct city area code. In other words, you cannot give your Los Angeles area code and get your account in New York verified. Craigslist has always been on a mission to stop spammers as we have had to deal with our ads constantly getting flagged and deleted but it was something that was manageable. This new Craiglsist phone verification system, however, appears to be the biggest blow yet as it will be hard to get around.

If you want to avoid the phone verification system, you will now find there are many people online that will sell you phone verified accounts on Craigslist. This is quickly becoming a new industry of people who somehow collect phone verified accounts from all the cities and are selling them in groups of 50 or 100 cities. The amounts they charge varies but one thing is for sure: you need to be very careful here because you can lose everything on this deal.  There are other websites that will charge you as much as $197.00 to “show” you how to make your own phone verified accounts. BEWARE: THIS IS A SCAM. Remember, Craigslist is militant in their attack on spammers and they will delete accounts in a second if they think they are spam accounts. Don’t be stupid and pay someone $197 to learn how to make your own accounts. Graigslist is smarter than that and they will be deleted.

When you buy these phone verified accounts from someone on Digital Point forums or wherever you find them, these accounts are really the property of Craigslist. They have made it very clear that they will delete any phone verified accounts if they are deemed spam accounts. So, if you do buy these accounts from someone else or even somehow figure out how to get your own, these accounts can be deleted in the blink of an eye. It is just smart not to pay someone more than you are willing to lose if you buy phone verified accounts from someone.

With this new Craigslist phone verification system now in place, I am so glad I found the Tireless Traffic Technique that sends me a steady stream of targeted traffic day after day. This is a cheap $7.00 ebook that can be downloaded instantly and will tell you how you can get a steady stream of free targeted traffic that comes to your site day after day. After you read the Tireless Traffic Technique, you might decide to not even bother with the frustrations of trying to post your ads on Craigslist and deal with the new phone verification system. I hardly ever bother posting on Craigslist at all now because I don’t have to anymore and this cheap $7.00 ebook will get rid of all your Craigslist posting headaches too.

  • 1

    i think craiglist’s google trustrank will expire soon

    Movies on October 28th, 2008
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    This is an excellent education for craigslist ad posters.

    How I can post multple ads in a day and what kind of Ip changing can help me in this reagrd

    Gordon on February 10th, 2009
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    I wasn’t aware of this phone verification until I recently tried to post on craigslist.

    This is good to reduce spam. On the flip side this can make legit ads difficult to post.

    R1 on April 18th, 2009
  • 4

    How the CRAP do I get around the phone verification?
    I have ads to post on craigslist!

    Shcmeckel Ludd on May 2nd, 2009
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    I ran into this same exact scenario. It sucks. I offer a legitimate service and I offer this service to all US cities.

    It is something that many Craigslist users would appreciate.

    Aren’t all Craigslist postings basically spam anyway?

    Chris R on October 5th, 2009
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    Craigslist will start to feel the hit by going down a fucked up road like Ebay. They keep restricting people and I for one am done with the assholes. I post items collectables on several different cities and some are world war two german itmes, I have had my ip address for being flagged, now I need to phone verify and only for one city that my phone is from? are a they fucking nuts? I will move on to the next big thing. fuck craigslist.

    jim young on October 15th, 2009
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    All you have to do is get a market expansion line for whatever area you want to sell to and then give that number to craigslist.

    Sam on October 16th, 2009
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    I have a FL area code, and I’m trying to post legitimate ads IN FLORIDA! Why wont Craigslist verify my phone number? I am not a spammer they wont call or text to verify. I emailed them for help and nothing but a crappy email. someone help me.

    Jon on October 23rd, 2009
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    Fuck Craigslist.. they’re fascist anyways.. next .. down with Facebook and Twotter!

    Steve Austin on November 7th, 2009
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    The only thing I dislike about having to have an area code in the correct city is that on the rideshare I usually post one ad in the city I am leaving from, and another in the city I am returning from. Rarely do I find someone who wants to go round trip that wants to leave and return the same days as I do. I can usually find someone going one way, each way, though.

    Kevin Dillard on November 9th, 2009
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    FYI, Craiglist is partly owned by EBay.

    EBAY Craigs seller on November 19th, 2009
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    It appears that the Craigslist system only allows for the use of one area code for each area/region. This means that if you are in the Tampa Bay area of Florida you have to have a phone number that is in the 813 area code. I live in Clearwater, which has a 727 area code, and therefore I have a phone with a 727 area code. This sucks!!

    ModusMan on March 18th, 2010
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    Oh..they will get rid of spammers i suppose, but they will lose thier real users that do not spam also, not in an instant but over time as soon as people get fed up with the bullshit! Spammers in MY experiance useing CL have hardly placed up ads…THEY RESPOND TO THEM! So this phone athenication is plain bullshit and not a valid excuse for stopping spammers, fuck rather solve the problem by useing a different site, this shit is a WASTE of time!

    GrantJacobs on April 25th, 2010
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    Where would you advice I buy the verified craigslist accounts? Thanks for the info!

    kimani on April 28th, 2010
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    I would advise you NOT by the verified Craigslist accounts.

    DayJobNuker on April 29th, 2010
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    this will piss just enough people off, and when the next online classifieds come around with out htis nonsense, bye-bye CL

    TJ on May 14th, 2010
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    I agree. Craigslist is a huge pain in my ass. I have had a few PVA accounts I have used for years in USA. When I travelled to the Philippines on vacation and tried to post the morons flagged my account. When I try to phone verify, it says the damn number is already used (used on MY account previously of course). They don’t support VOIP but that’s all I use nowadays. Nobody uses landlines anymore. And cell phone contracts are a joke so I use prepaid. The world is changing and CR is losing customers because of it. I can’t wait until someone comes out with a better site for posting ads. CR never responds to customer service emails. Let these fascist arrogant asses at CR fade away!!!!!

    Mike on June 12th, 2010
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    I’m also trying to post in multiple cities. I have property for sale in Mexico, and vacation rentals as well. A lot of our customers come from the SFBay Area, and Canada, and I would like to let them know what I have available. But I can’t with this CL phone verification thing.

    A lot of you said F*% CL, but where are you going to post? I’d like to know, so I can post there, too.


    lizabet on June 27th, 2010
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    You can use Twitter, but if you’re selling some ‘work from home’ claptrap, you’ll unfollowed or reported pdq.

    The answer is to find other grassroots boards in your target areas exploiting the opportunity that Craigslist cast aside. Or build your own Wiki, Blog. Rolling your own involves a bit of work.

    Technically speaking, you *can* contact Craigslist and explain that due to the fact you are on a shared computer, you do not wish to download the cookie for each city or region you’re posting in and receive permission to bypass the unwanted cookie (used to track all sorts of info on your machine). So? If you don’t wish to have CL riffling through your underwear drawer, they allege to offer a work-around. And if they’re just serving up a load of BS, take your business elsewhere ~ simply roll your own and Tweet.

    Skye Smith on August 5th, 2010
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    I’m now done with Craigslist. I am a legitimate person selling household stuff from home. Extra stuff I have around, because I hate having garage sales.

    And Craigslist wants my phone number? Too Big Brother for me, Craigslist. You suck, I’m sick of your antics. I’ll use someone else. You pissed me off.

    Jay on August 21st, 2010
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    am looking for another site to use now. crag can stick this crap up his rear

    max on February 10th, 2011
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    Too many challenge screens on CL. Now they want my # that they can use to track my sales. Oh, and the first thing they do is give it to a private party.


    bee zarr on March 4th, 2011
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    I loved CL and its services. I bought and sold many items on CL. With thier new policy they have drivin out good follower b/c of spammers from Africa. I say boycott CL and make another Myspace. Sorry CL you lost me as your customer. I dont need to ad more headaches to my life in order to post on your site. I will go back to Auto Trader.

    It time to Boycott CL and its parant company Ebay on October 26th, 2011
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    I bet that this info ends up in govt. hands and a ton of people get audited for not reporting earnings made on CL. Ill bet that the govt. owns CL; think about it.

    Rick on November 9th, 2011
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    I have used cragslist for many years to post my vacancies with great success, but with the new phone verification, it won’t verify my number because it is a VONAGE PHONE (don’t like to post my cell number), which is the only phone I have in my home. The only reply I could get from craigslist is the FAQ, which does NOT address my question. DOES ANYONE else have this problem and were you able to solve it?

    VIVIAN on January 5th, 2012
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    i cannot put ads anymore on cl because i have only a prepaid cell plan, it does not recognize, they will not give me answers onlu “form” letters in response, and i think they will end up losing all their credible clients and have nothing left but scammers. please someone, start something regular people like us….and no, there is no solving the problems, they are getting themselves into a much bigger problme by doing the phone verify thing and i agree, it is exactly like big brother…and im sick of it.

    anna days on January 10th, 2012
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    I Love and use CL a lot. I have sold many things, found rentals, and tons of great legit deals over thew last 4 years. I am at a serious loss today bc I can not verify my Miami phone number to post an Atlanta ad. I live and work in Atlanta now and obviously use Atlanta CL.
    Now, It looks like I’m completely barred from posting (not responding) bc I will not give up my phone number.
    This hurts my feelings.

    Doug on January 24th, 2012