If you have sold or are planning to sell anything on Craigslist, you are going to encounter this variation of the 419 or Nigerian scam which has been "infecting" Craigslist. These are "scams", not even remotely a legitimate offer, and should not even be acknowledged after the initial contact. They start with an email question on whether the item is still for sale and proceed into the scam after you reply. Since initially you cannot determine if they are legitimate or not, you must reply. Then you will receive something like below:
From: "kisha wilfred" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Contacts To: email@example.com
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thanks for the reply i would like you to know that paymemt would be made via a certified check and i have a shipper who would come for the pickup .the shippers fund would be included in the payment sent to you
so you would handle that.if you accept send me your mailing add phone number and names for payment to be sent ASAP.
hi i saw ur add on cl and i would like to buy let me know if
it is still available and i would lik to know the last price it is
how good is it
Or you may get something like this:
On Wed, 1/7/09, "Yusuf James" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
I gone thru your add on craigslist i will like to know if this item is
still available for sale?if so,I will be paying you by (Money Order) Kindly provide your full name,Address and your Phone number for payment....It will take 2 -3 days before the payment get to you... As perpick-up,I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment has been received by you.I hope
it is in good condition,kindly reply with your name,phone # and mailing address where payment will be sent.I will let you know how i intend to pick it up.i will add $50 to it... so that you can keep it for me,Note:
As soon as you have your money in hand we can talk about the picking up of the item ok.I would like you to take the posting off craigslist today.
I have included their names so that you may be warned--these people are not to be trusted. Anytime you receive some email which states they will send you a check, money order, cashiers check, bank check, etc You Are Being Scammed!!!
The only way we can protect ourselves is to pass on the information about "scams" being used and how we handled it. I hope this has helped.