Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opinions on new Craigslist email relay?

Any readers have a strong opinion on Craigslist's new email relay system?

It may just be my imagination, but it seems the number of scam emails I receive on a daily basis have gone down.  Of course, these con artists are finding ways around the new system, so here's some info I've collected from those who are scheming and scamming by sending their direct email addresses or phone numbers in the initial email inquiry:

mbf230@gmail.com
jjjimjimjim276@gmail.com
blakewire@gmail.com
ainamksmikeso1@gmail.com
contactus@workwithusatyourpeak.org
lisamackinney8@gmail.com
johnsonblake73@gmail.com
Leardvo36@hotmail.com

(770) 810-5029
(347) 559-6916
(540) 692-9159
(601) 879-4652
(864) 660-9302

If they do not send an email address or phone number, they will ask for your's. You'll notice that the new preferred method of these scammers is to ask directly for your contact information to get around the email relay system to avoid detection by Craigslist.  Here's an example:


Hello,

Do you still have this?please let me know as soon as possible? I have a speech disability so you can best reach me via email, always with my computer :)

PS:Shoot me an email back soon.with your email address and  cell #


Lisa

Avoid being scammed by corresponding through email with potential buyers for a bit until you get a better sense of the person. Scammers are quick to respond with their sob story about being out of the country and needing to send it to LaLa Land, so this should help to weed them out. Until next time, Happy Craigslisting! :)

35 comments:

  1. Ack! I'm so glad I found your site. I had much apprehension to advertise a high value watch on CL but did so anyhow...had some stringent personal rules that I wrote out and actually received no responses so I think it warded off alot of scammers. Just got an email...lol...generated from the CL email, but from a "Denzel Toms" email reads (punctuation as follows exactly)

    hello

    this is Denzel Toms.

    Can i get your item that you posted on Craigslist.org?


    Soooo...thank you to your blog. I will not be emailing Denzel Toms back lol....and thank you to the internet. Wonder how fast his name is going to start popping up....

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  2. Hello, I got this today:
    Hello

    Please what is your contact email address?? I want to forward it to my sister, she have interest in this ad. So that she can email you direct from her email. Thanks

    You can also text her directly on her phone number (770) 810-5029 with name of the item and your final price, if still up for sale

    Seems this number is a connection to their scam!!!

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    1. I'm selling some furniture on craigslist. Just got suspicious email from 770-810-5029 asking for delivery pickup tomorrow sight unseen in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thanks for the heads-up. SCAMMER.

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  3. ^^^ dammit, i just received that same email! sadly, i thought that it was legit and gave my email to them. why would people go so far out of there way to do this stupid stuff

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  4. Yep I got the same e-mail today:

    Hello

    Please what is your contact email address?? I want to forward it to my sister, she have interest in this ad. So that she can email you direct from her email. Thanks

    You can also text her directly on her phone number (770) 810-5029 with name of the item and your final price, if still up for sale

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  5. Got one from :
    johnsonblake73@gmail.com

    Thanks so much for showing them for what they are.....Jerk!

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  6. this is the best thing cl has done since it started.

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  7. I actually emailed one of these people back with my personal email and i texted the number they asked me to txt... whats gna happen...they are asking to give me 450 for my phone and send it to south africa with paypal she will pay me.. now im scared she will somehow hack me.

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    1. Please don't send anything to South Africa!

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    2. I have an apt up for sublease and I got a sob story from this email (lor2barton@gmail.com) claiming her name was Lorraine Barton from Sweden and she's a doctor and wanted me to cash a check for rent and then wire her the money back. Ha. Anyway...I guess it's a common email that's being used. Just so mean.

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    3. same for me.. I got the email for Lorreta Barton ; she said she is from Switzerland and need my apt for lease. But i thought it was legit and send my email, name and phone number, not sure what can they do with that, please help

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    4. Yep, same Lorreta Barton (lor2barton@gmail.com) person here. Clearly a scam.

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  8. Email Relay.. lol. Common sense and good ol' DIY research, is what protects you. Scammers even now as we speak, have found a way around the email relay system by preying on those who are trusting. Now, they are targeting sellers en masse, by exploiting the email relay system to send responses to sellers and dupe you into sending them your email or phone number.. You'd be amazed at just exactly what depths these scammers will go, to get you to give up information. You should be especially hesitant of those just wanting you to send them an email. When you see these, DELETE THEM. DO NOT reply back, exposing your email address.

    There are many tricks scammers use to target your accounts. If you would like some additional information on how to protect yourself and your email account, send me an email at..

    See.. It's that EASY. Knowledge is power people, fight back by arming yourself with the knowledge of how. Your email address these days, is the equivalent of your social security number. With your email address, dependent on whether you used truthful information when creating it, a scammer can get your name, address, date of birth, criminal background, marriage background, telephone number, mortgage information, family information and the list goes on... This is the double-edged sword of public information and the sacrifice of privacy in a technology-driven society.


    Also, for those of you asking what might happen since you responded to a scammers email, take the following actions:

    1. Change your password, IMMEDIATELY. The longer, the better, preferentially a mix of numbers, letters (Capital and lowercase) and special characters if your email provider allows it (ie: !@#*$%). Avoid changing your password to names or other publicly available information and anything that can be found in a dictionary (ie: ILuvMom or MyEmail123). Most password-cracker utilities, utilize dictionary words or common terms, to crack passwords. An example of a secure password: Y2mU49#sP7qa!

    2. Setup a new email account and either download important emails to your PC or migrate them to the new email account. All email providers support migration of email accounts.

    3. If you have GMail, setup 2-step authentication. That way anytime someone tries to login to your account, they will be prompted for a security code before they can even sign in. When you set this up, it will either call you or send a text, to the number you specify when you set it up. This is a useful security measure.

    4. DO NOT, give your email address to anyone who does not need access. This will require due-diligence on your part deciding who needs it but will save you any unnecessary heartache.

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  9. What will happen if I gave them my cell phone number?

    I gave both my email and cell :(

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  10. the email addresses Johnson mark lease and brooke4dae@gmail.com seem to be scams

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  11. I got this today ...

    Please,i would like to know if you still have the China Cabinet, and i would like you to email me your direct email address to contact you so I could forward it to my associate in purchase of the item from you.

    another scam?

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  12. I got an email from 347 559 6916
    Thanks for posting this

    "can you text me back on my phone number phone number (three-four-seven) 559_6916 ONLY with the name & price of this ad.I want to buy it immediately"

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  13. Hello,

    I saw your advert on Craigslist and am very interested. What date is it available for rent. you Can reply me Via my personal email lor2barton@gmail.com


    Thanks

    Luckily I was already aware of this type of scam and did not respond to "her" personal email address. With the 2-way relay, does it anonymize your email address when you respond to someone that responded to your ad, if you only respond through the craigslist generated emails? It seems people are saying if you respond to the email by hitting reply, it will still show the recipient your email address. Just a bit confused on that.


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    1. From "Lorreta Barton"

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  14. Is the listed vehicle still available, If yes, I am interested and
    will like to know the present condition and also have your bottom
    price. Please get back to me with your direct email on
    "alan.blackwell22@yahoo.com".
    Thanks.


    Scam?

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  15. From "Hunter Gilman"

    First this:
    Hello. Still up for sale? Let me know asap. Thanks

    Then:
    I am interested in your item. But your email came as anonymous. Pls reply with your email and cell number. Thanks

    Note he provides nothing to indicate interest in this particular "item". Flagged as scam....

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  16. Did anyone else find that replying to a relay email from a mobile phone (Gmail app) exposes their email address because it does not seem to reply through the Craigslist relay system?

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    1. it worked properly for me when replying from phone (android)

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  17. Another scammer: "jay spirit", phone number (513) 334-4617:

    Still available for sale? I want to purchase..send me your email
    to discuss or you can text me

    and then:

    let me have your personal email so i can ask you question directly on it cos craigslist is relying this message.

    Beware!

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  18. I hate the craigslist e-mail relay system. I have noticed ZERO decrease in spam responses. Why would it change that? I don't think it's even designed to. Craigslist has never posted your e-mail publicly. It always used a one-way relay. Now it's a two-way relay which protects the e-mail of the person RESPONDING to the ad, not the person posting it. Additionally, I have had numerous instances of my messages not getting through.

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    1. You are absolutely right. Only the email of the person RESPONDING is protected. If the seller replies, his/her email is shown in the full header info. So I don't understand how exactly CL is protecting the sellers ...

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  19. I received this email today and decided to do a google search on the number I am glad I came across this blog and saw the number in your list of scams. It also seems weird how almost everything was spelled wrong in the email.... Thank you

    From:kkate <19f7bcb612203e5c8908149e20d588fe@reply.craigslist.org

    Can you TEXTT your paypallEMAIL ID to my cellNUMBER 770___810-__--5029 for paymentt now...PAYPALLonly... Can you be available tomorrow evening for pick up... Please TEXTonly if you want to do paypall

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  20. This is the e-mail I received today:

    enquriy about the rent Asap as you have advertised?Final Price?Email me with your personal email.

    mine is (laurenoeg AT gmail Dot com)

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  21. Let me add in latest craigslist scam that I encountered: This is not about CL...I personally use CL a lot and think it's great. This is about scammers: Listed an item then got an email through CL reply (I never give out phone number or anything like that on listing). Got a reply that said they would only reply if I sent an email to their email...sounded fishy right off the bat right? Well, I created a new Hotmail acct then sent an email from that acct to the one listed. Sure enough, I now have two emails from two different accts....get this....saying I sound cute and would I like to get together. Hell no, I want to sell what I had listed....Moral of this story....never go outside the CL email unless you have already absolutely determined that the person responding is legit.

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    1. THANK YOU so much for writing this. I'm here today searching for what I thought could be a scam before I reply, and your description is closest. :) They asked if the item was still available & I replied (thru CL system, don't know if my email has been exposed or not, but assume not or else why not just write to me from his), and then they said they're still interested and asked for me to write to them at their private email. Why? Makes no sense. This is my first time listing w/CL and the other buyers haven't asked for that, & I don't know if just adding his "private email address" to the To field would send a msg outside of CL and reveal my address for sure. Anyway, with each buyer before we meet I exchange #s so that I can get a feel for them (& vice versa) and then verbally give address, so getting an email is less personal info, and pointless. I was still hesitant to blow him off in case he's innocent, but now I will just reply thru the system and tell him that's what I prefer. If he loses interest in buying then it's fishy and not worth it. Again, Thanks so much for your comment! ~C-:

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  22. 302-827-3001 Hes out of town so he wants to send me a money order and I should cash it at my bank and send the extra back to him...nice..D-BAG!!!

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  23. god dammit i got dupe by these shits. two fuckfaces said that my email was blank/they've been trying to contact me for a week now and the messages weren't going through. So my dumb ass gave them my two email addresses and now i have to change everything. stupid fucking mudfarmers i swear to god the fucking useless police farce should find some of these assholes and shoot them instead of arresting niggers for an ounce of weed. god dammit, fuck this country. SCAMERICA every where you go some fuck is trying to scam you. fucking unbelieveable.

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  24. I know for a fact that my replies are not going through because I tested it out with a friend and my friend didn’t get the email…so…this was the copy & paste method and it still doesn’t work! So many messages sent…so many never received…me tinks we be’in deceived!! But why? By whom? GGGRRRRR 

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  25. Here is another way they seem to go around this....

    "I said in my first email to contact me through my email address only. Kindly do that please (manuriadon@gmail.com). Thank you!"

    But you would have to go from your personal email to email theirs. Um, nope. Not happening. In neither post did she even actually mention the actual item for sale. Just called it an item. Just another clue.

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  26. I received a scam like many of the scams listed above. It certainly fits the pattern and the same email address was given to Kelly on February 13, 2014. It was odd that she didn't mention the item I was selling. Also, she asked a question about what was listed in my ad. She wanted our mobile number and email address.

    Here is the scam from my Craigslist ad:

    Thank you for getting back to me, my name is Janet Whitworth (a deaf mother), I live in Tennessee, you can always text me on (865) 408-8030. I saw your listed item on Craiglist and i will like to purchase it. I want you to know am buying this for my family as a gift to our new home in which we are planing to move in by next week and I want to keep it as a surprise to them until it deliver.I tried buying here but I can't find my choice here. I will not be able to view it but I have a Mover who will come for the pickup once payment is made and cleared.so please get back to me with some resent pictures and also I will be making the payment via PayPal as that is the only payment option I can access from here I hope you understand.I have some questions;

    Where do you live?
    Why are you selling it?
    what is your rock bottom dollar?
    Are you the only or first owner of the item?
    Does it have any negative i should know about?

    Thank you very much and i hope to read back from you soon......

    Regards Janet

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