When selling an item on Craigslist, spotting a craigslist scam can be tricky. Don’t be fooled into replying to a scammer. I almost was tonight.
Here is the example. Check it out as you may learn something.
Here is what struck me.
1. The spam/scammer did not address the actual name of what I was selling. Instead they referenced ‘the item’.
2. The statement ‘I can only reply if you send me an email at my direct email above’ did not make sense at first. I knew that the message had been sent through Craigslist new email relay system … specifically designed to weed out spam/scammers.
If they had emailed me through the system, surely they could email me again through the system …. the sender was most likely lying.
3. I looked at the from and to email to confirm the message was indeed sent through Craigslist’s email relay system. It was. It also now made sense why they had put their email at the the top of the message. Most likely just to throw a little confusion, make the email look more legitimate and also make it easy to click on and reply.
Verdict. This message is both spam and a scam. The sender clearly is trying to lure the recipient in for some yet known reason. Most likely to offer another scam or mine a valid email addresses.