How to Flag ads on Craigslist and get it removed

Flagging a post on craigslist is simple.

Open the ad you want to flag. Click on “Prohibited” on the upper left side as you can see in the screenshot. 

But craigslist do not remove ad by just sending one flag.

Guess what?

Keep flagging it again and again? NO!

How many flags does it take to remove a post?

There is no clear answer to this question.  But a general rule of thumb is, the more people flagging the post from unique IP addresses, the higher the chances are that the ad will be removed.  So you have to keep flagging until it gets removed from the site.

We studied and tested craigslist algorithm in terms flagging and removal of ads and wrote a detailed article on how craigslist flagging works.  

Let’s get straight to the point.

There are few options you can use to successfully remove un-solicited/spammy ads from Craigslist. 

1) Doing it yourself with the help of proxies.  

2) Using your Friends and Family

Lets deep dive into each option one by one.

1) Doing it Yourself

If you are living in a small populated area and there are fewer people posting on craigslist, you can flag an ad 2,3 times to get it removed.

Open the ad click on Prohibited. Open the link on another device if you have like phone or laptop and flag the ad. If you are in the low populated area, it might go with just a few flags. But these areas are quite a few, by in large, you need multiple flags to get ad removed.

However, there are few tactics that can help to flag these ads yourself and take a solo flight!

Tactic #1

You laptop/computer has one unique IP address. Despite how many flags you sent to a single ad,  it is counted as just one flag because they are coming from single IP address.

To avoid this, you can use proxies. It is like having pool of different IP addresses that you can access from your device.

Step-1  > Buy proxies from mazgalici. They usually cost just 1$ per proxy. Make sure you get proxies for your country.

Step-2 >  Download this FireFox Plugin or   Chrome Plugin so you can use these proxies.

Step-3 > Open craigslist ad, flag it and change your proxy. Repeat the same process until it gets removed!  You can change your proxy with a simple click using the above mentioned browser plugins. It’s easy.

Key Takeaway:- it is quite rare to get an ad renewed by sending just one flag. ( Unless you go through proxy route) Majority of ads need multiple flags so look for other options.

Tactic #2

There are a bunch of different Facebook groups that people use to share spammy ads to flag. You just need to post the link and other members will be able to flag that for you.

2) Using your Friends and Family

You can use your friends and family circle to flag spam ads on craigslist.

If you can get a dozen people ready to flag ads from unique IP address, you can quite successfully remove a medium type of ads.

Create  WhatsApp, Email or Text Messaging group and whenever you find the ad, send it to your friends and family and ask them to flag.  if your circle manage to send few flags right after the ad gets posted, you can get it removed.

Prons and Cons:-  This method is quite unreliable because everyone might not be free to flag ads so you have to send a lot of emails back and forth to get a single ad removed which sometimes doesn’t worth the effort.

But if you want to flag just a couple of ads occasionally, this method might work really well


Flagging other posts on craigslist is quite easy. You just need to be consistent and use proper tools and resources to be successful. Do not use any automated software to flag ads since it is against Craigslist Term of Use. And make sure you only flag ads that fit on criteria which is marked as prohibited by craigslist moderation team.