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Tricky Craigslist Spam

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We all know that Craigslist is a great way to get rid of unwanted items.

You can post whatever you want and quickly sell it to a local buyer if you post it cheap enough and include a great description with photos.

Unfortunately, Craigslist is a great place for spammers, too.


Since Craigslist shows anonymous email addresses on the posts, there will always be people that can write software that will automatically scan and respond to those exposed email addresses.

Most Nigerian spam and scams or other online scams will go to your spam folder because they will be porn related with links, but I recently received a handful of spam responses that seem like legitimate responses to my ads.

craigslist spam

If you receive an email that looks like the email to the left, it is not a legitimate buyer.

I was unsure at first when I started getting these emails because the language is believable. It wasn’t broken English, like the emails the Nigerian scammers send.

And including a time in the email made it seem like a real buyer. (I received about 7 emails that looked like this, but with different times and similar language. I only included one in this blog post.)

Auto Spam

I am guessing if you get one of these emails and respond, then you will just get an automatic follow-up email to click a link for a porn or other spammy website.

Just ignore and delete any emails you get that look like the email in this post.

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