I think I've posted this before, but it fits well here.
We've done a couple cross country drives in the the last couple years. Since gas was very high, and still is bad, we like to peruse the rideshare board on craigslist and see if anything fits. We also enjoy the company.
My usual procedure is to email a couple of times, then, if the person seems normal, to talk with them on the phone. If we agree to a ride, we pick up and drop off in parking lots. No one comes to our home and we don't go to theirs.
I actually still correspond with one person who we gave a ride to. he works with glass and has given me some wonderful arty jewelry pieces!
I talked to one guy who was going to Louisville KY when my son was graduating Basic at Fort Knox. email exchanges and he seemed very normal. His purpose for a ride (one way) didn't raise any flags - he was bringing a car back and emptying a house of a deceased relative. We then talked on the phone - sounded very nice. We made tentative arrangements for timing. He was actually 1 hour south of us, so we were going to call when we got close, and he'd have someone drop him at a store at a freeway enterance. Note: we talked via cell phone and I don't block my cell number
Two days later, about a week before the trip, he emailed me EARLY in the morning. "My sister (this man was 50ish), needs to know your home address and home telephone number". I sleep LATE on weekends and didn't see the email until about 11 when he sent a second email, even more demanding and insistent on my HOME number and HOME address. I was flabberghasted and ignored it, waiting until I spoke to DH to evaluate what to do. Then, in the early afternoon, less than 10 hours after first email, he sends a "since you are being so secretive, I'm getting very worried about this and it won't work out". email
I just ignored him. no need for anything else.
Still wonder what that was all about.