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    Selling bike on Craig's List attracts scammers

    I sold a bike on CL last year and had a few scam replies. They were obvious and asked for bank account information so they could wire money to me.
    I listed a bike yesterday and received two replies in the evening. These are not as obvious and I wonder if they are fishing for a response so they can get my personal email address. Maybe the follow up email would ask for identity information. The responses were generic and never mentioned the bike or asked any questions about it. Is there anything malicious someone can do with my personal email address? I will paste the two responses to see what you think.


    Still available seller? Get back to me with the price on my mailbox *********@gmail.com
    Kindly get back to me if it is still available and also provide me your direct email address so that I can contact you regarding it.

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    Selling bike on Craig's List attracts scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by dboneslick View Post
    I sold a bike on CL last year and had a few scam replies. They were obvious and asked for bank account information so they could wire money to me.
    I listed a bike yesterday and received two replies in the evening. These are not as obvious and I wonder if they are fishing for a response so they can get my personal email address. Maybe the follow up email would ask for identity information. The responses were generic and never mentioned the bike or asked any questions about it. Is there anything malicious someone can do with my personal email address? I will paste the two responses to see what you think.


    Still available seller? Get back to me with the price on my mailbox *********@gmail.com
    Kindly get back to me if it is still available and also provide me your direct email address so that I can contact you regarding it.
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    Selling "Anything" on Craig's List attracts scammers

    There, I fixed the title for you.

    You just have to weed all the scams out. I sold a car a few months ago on the local CL and got tons of scams, but was able to separate what from what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    Selling "Anything" on Craig's List attracts scammers

    There, I fixed the title for you.

    You just have to weed all the scams out. I sold a car a few months ago on the local CL and got tons of scams, but was able to separate what from what.
    What a pain in the ass. Sometimes the first email just states that they are interested in the bike if it is still available. The follow up email usually asks for wiring instructions with bank information. Sometimes the initial email seems legit; however, the two responses I posted above seem fishy because they don't mention the item at all (very generic). Is there any danger in responding to a potential scam if I don't give them any personal information?

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    Re: Selling bike on Craig's List attracts scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by dboneslick View Post
    What a pain in the ass. Sometimes the first email just states that they are interested in the bike if it is still available. The follow up email usually asks for wiring instructions with bank information. Sometimes the initial email seems legit; however, the two responses I posted above seem fishy because they don't mention the item at all (very generic). Is there any danger in responding to a potential scam if I don't give them any personal information?
    My guess is even more Spam to your inbox. I guess if they wanted to, once they have your actual email address they could also go to town on trying to break the password and hijack your email account.

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    They all want your PayPal info and are willing to pay more than what you are asking plus $100 shipping regardless of what the item is. Also, it is for their brother/mother/sister/daughter/mistress' birthday, as if that means anything to you.
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    Usually that phrase"is your item still available" is a dead give away that some low life is on the other end

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    Quote Originally Posted by dboneslick View Post
    What a pain in the ass. Sometimes the first email just states that they are interested in the bike if it is still available. The follow up email usually asks for wiring instructions with bank information. Sometimes the initial email seems legit; however, the two responses I posted above seem fishy because they don't mention the item at all (very generic). Is there any danger in responding to a potential scam if I don't give them any personal information?
    Phone call separates most legitimate responses. They call you and you discuss details and set up a neutral meeting point. Tell them it is a cash only transaction. If they won't call you - forget about them.
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    If they don't mention specifics about my item or location in town(so obviously not from here for pickup), thenI don't reply. They are fishing for your email to really spam you with crap emails, so why reply? Real interested people will mention your item or ask questions that make sense, not "Is this still available?" But like "Do you have the bike? What size is it? How long have you had it? Will you be around after 5pm tomorrow so I can see it?" Etc.
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    It's a fast-breaking game.

    First, craigslist has changed so that all email correspondence is "anonymized" and routed through CL so you no longer have to worry about accidentally saying, "yeah it's still available" and receiving dick-enlarging ads from 11,304 AOL users for the next two years.

    Second -- IMO, only -- it's a good idea to just state "if you see this ad, the item is still available" in your listing, so you can ignore the "IS IT STILL FOR SELL??!!" stuff with a clear conscience.

    And asking to discuss the sale by phone or text really does weed out most riff-raff, but honestly...it's not so bad. And what's the alternative to selling to thousands of local, targeted buyers with no free? Newspaper classifieds?

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    The ones trying to scam are easy to identify. The ones wanting your email address are a little sneakier. If they don't ask specifics I put them in the trash folder. I fell for one and now I get all kinds of spam saying my bank account was hacked and they need my info to straighten it out!

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    I make a rule of relying on a telephone call from the potential buyer—on my land line telephone—in order to determine if they are serious or just scamming idiots. I should add that I mention this in the listings I post.
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    Add "CASH ONLY" and many scammers will flee....
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    Those are most likely scammers. Writing "CASH ONLY" won't help. You will get scammers on CL. You're listing it for free. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.

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    I have been trying to sell my leather craft tools on CL and every time I repost them my spam counter on Gmail spikes. Every once in a while I get on that makes it through and after a few questions they stand out that they have no idea what it is I am selling.

    Still trying to find someone with bike tools I can trade with. No luck their either.

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    I sold my motorbike on Gumtree (UK Version of Craigslist) a few months back and the amount of people wanting my bank details was astonishing. I had everything from:

    "I will pay half now and half when the bike reaches my home in Johannesburg"

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    "Please send me your bank account / paypal details so that I can wire the monies directly to you..."

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    I sell stuff on CL and get those emails constantly.

    Yes, usually if they ask for you to email them directly, it is a scam.
    More than likely you will start getting offers for viagra if you respond.

    I actually have a separate email account just for posting on CL so if it ever does start getting spammed a lot, I can walk away from it.
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    It's amazing how the Nigerian scammers will scour CL for stuff they really don't need....but will sell back home in Nigeria, for millions of tree bark chips.
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    If I receive a response to my CL ad it is routed through the CL server for my protection. I would like to know what happens if I send a reply from my email inbox. Is this still routed through the CL server anonymously or do they end up getting my personal email address?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dboneslick View Post
    If I receive a response to my CL ad it is routed through the CL server for my protection. I would like to know what happens if I send a reply from my email inbox. Is this still routed through the CL server anonymously or do they end up getting my personal email address?
    If you reply to the email through CL they don't get your email addy.
    If you reply to their personal email they do.

    I still find it better to just not bother replying to the obvious scammers.
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