April 5

Craigslist fun

Interesting experience selling some furniture on craigslist – got introduced to a new form of spam (the electronic kind – not the strange food-like substance in cans).  We’ve all had so much fun with all the spam in our e-mail box – those wonderfully useful messages about a Prince from Nigeria.  Now there’s a new and exciting form of spam – craigslist spam.  When I posted my add there were clear warnings about dealing local only – avoid scams – so that’s what I intended.  Then I got some inquiries – which I responded to quickly.  What was strange was that they were all from out of town people – which raised warning bells in my head.

After doing some research on the Internet I confirmed that these were probably bogus.  They involve someone wanting to buy the item for more than requested and have some kind of third party – like a shipping company involved.  They also just say “item” often – instead of the specific thing you are selling.  See below for a few examples – as I found them starting to become very similar.

The moral of the story is again keep your eyes open – be careful and check things out.  Fortunately I did get an inquiry from a real person who purchased my item – cash after they personally looked at the item.  So it can work – you just have to be careful.

Spam E-mails

Hello
Is it still available for sale and in good condition…………Am
interested and i want you to get back to me as soon as possible.

Thanks

Kelly….

Yes – it’s in good condition and still available…

Thanks for the prompt response and I will love to make an instant
purchase, so please do  withdraw the advert from Craig list, I don’t
mind adding an extra $50 for you to take the advert down from Craig
list so that I can be rest assured that am in hand of the item. I will
also like you to know that I will be paying via check, and it will be
over night payment due to the distance. You don’t need to bother your
self with the shipment OK; I will take care of that. So I will need
you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the
mailing of the check.

1. Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phone number.

**Once again, I will like you to know that you will not be responsible
for shipping

I will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check**

 

Hi,
I will like to know if this item is still available,please reply me ASAP.
Thanks.

Thanks for getting back with me, I wont be able to come check out the item, because of the nature of my job, please I will like to make an instant purchase so I would appreciate it if you can withdraw the ad from Craigslist. I don’t mind adding an extra $20 for you to take the ad down from criagslist, I want to be rest assured the item will be retained. I will also like you to know that I will be paying via certified cashier check. It will be overnight payment due to the distance. I’ll take care of that. I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check:-

1.Your full name.
2.Your mailing address [residential, no po box].
3.Your phone number.

I’m presently in Florida and currently on a business trip. I just want to purchase the item for my mother,i want it for her as a surprise birthday present as this day is around the corner. I would also like to pay asap and my sister’s mover will come pick it up but i hope that it is still in a very good condition? Have a splendid day