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Old 07-17-11, 04:58 PM
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New scam for CL coming out?

Because many of us buy or sell bikes occasionally I figured i'd post this and see what everyone else's experience has been.
Looks like a new scam is going on?

I got an email "Is this still for sale?" so I'm obviously suspicious right away.
Respond for them to call me and I get back "do you think you can put this on crimit (dot) com real quick for chat". (I didn't want anyone to try and click on a link.

Since I do not go to links I did a little looking up and seems like its a site that looks like CL and adds chat. Not sure what info they are trying to get if it is a scam but they are certainly spamming all the CL ads as many others are getting identical emails.

Anyone know about this?

The site started recently and may have some sort of "sign up through facebook" feature which would be data-mining so I always pass on all that.
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Old 07-17-11, 05:13 PM
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any time I get ANY response to a Craigslist ad that does not reference the item exactly, does not inquire or ask a question about the item specifically, I just delete it. I don't worry about it. I've recently got some where they say 'call me about this item' and then in a font which is another barely visible color, there is some other info or a phone number missing a digit. That means: bogus - delete. I'm never in so much of a hurry that I will try to contact some inquiry that is that vague.

Craigslist is a LOCAL community. I'll wait for some human to ask a question. I think there are bots/software out there that scan C-List and send these canned responses a few times a week. Best advice: ignore. I'm not interested in their Western Union. I'm not interested in shipping, and I'm not interested in posting it elsewhere.

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Good advice from America's Dairyland.
I see more and more bike postings on CL ask buyers to be specific in the subject line of the email.
Seems like a good idea.
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Old 07-17-11, 05:45 PM
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I never even realized just asking "Is this still available?" or "Is this still for sale?" was a spammer trick until a month ago maybe. Now I always ask if the specific item is sold and sometimes inquire about the condition. Road bikes sell so fast on the Pittsburgh c'list I try to keep my initial email short and quick because I hate to waste a lot of time when it's probably already sold haha.
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Old 07-17-11, 06:21 PM
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I haven't seen the crimmit link angle yet, but your instincts are very probably correct, it smells scammy to me too.
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Man, I am a babe wandering in the cyber wilderness! I never would have thought about that. Of course, I do not use Craigslist for selling.
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I've been getting those responses for a couple months now. Like a smart***, I thought I'd mess with them a little bit since they were wasting my time. Bad judgment call on my part! They started to call me over and over again, all night long - this lasted for weeks. My advice: ignore the b******s!
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I'm glad to know about this only because I respond "Is this still available" all the time! I didn't know that spammers did that. Would explain why I've had a few people not get back to me.
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The "Is it still available" mantra came about because flaky craigslisters would sell an item and then not bother deleting the ad. It's kind of a legit question, really.
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Usually if someone asks me "Is this still available?" I say.. Is what still available? 99.8 times out of a 100, there's no reply.,,,,BD

People were using this scam attempt as long as 2-3 years ago on Houston CL??
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Originally Posted by AZORCH
I've been getting those responses for a couple months now. Like a smart***, I thought I'd mess with them a little bit since they were wasting my time. Bad judgment call on my part! They started to call me over and over again, all night long - this lasted for weeks. My advice: ignore the b******s!
-Another reason why you should never give your own phone number until the prospective buyer provides you with a verifiable number FIRST.
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As soon as you respond to a craigslist query, they know they've got a live email address, one with a person on the other end. That is worth something to viagra merchants.
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Old 07-17-11, 08:59 PM
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yeah, I don't respond all the time to them but I sometimes lob something back. I have good spam filters on my "selling email" so I don't care. But "crimit" was a new one I hadn't seen before.

Of course the other scourge is the constant " Give me a call xxx-xxxx "

I am starting to add "if the ad is up it is still available." but we'll see how it goes.
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I also got that email. I think it may be someone trying to promote their own website. Regardless, to hell with them.
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yeah ive gotten some of those but never any reply when i say yes.. except one time when i was selling some speakers, i got a Nigerian scammer who replied after i said yes.

i use a yahoo email just for craigslist so i dont really care if i get spam on it. i actually don't get much spam on it either. I don't make any rules up for sellers and i often give my phone # out to whoever replies. i never put my # on the ad though.. i don't know why anyone would do that unless they dont have regular internet access.
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I've gotten a new one too recently.

My ads usually end in call or text (call preffered).

I get a text the other day from a number along the lines of 1111440*** that says "a Yahoo! user is trying to send you a text message blah blah blah"
Follow dirrectly by a text from 11114440**1 asking if the bike is still for sale.

Now I'm familiar with the concept of sending a text through yahoo mail, though I've never sent or recieved one. It seemed personable enough, so after a bit of bartering they say "seems like a good deal, just one thing to check if you are legit".
That's when the red flags go up.
They state that they had a bad experience and want to use the "mercied" system to see if our "random numbers match" and that if our "random numbers match" I'm legit.
About that time I get a text from a 949 number in italian or something with a link to an email address.
Needless to say that was the end of the conversations.
I don't know exactly what they get from you, but I'd say steer clear.
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If I'm not sure if the ad on CL is legit I will refer the item by name when asking availability. And use my MagicJack phone number which is registered in another state with anonymous name and address, as a means of being for real. I don't answer, or connect, I check my registered email with MagicJack for voice messages, and then decide on contacting the individual by MagicJack.
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