I got this lovely message just the other day:
Subject: Confirmation for Posting ID #981651681
Confirmation for Posting ID #981651681
Your ad, titled “SONY PLAYSTATION 3 METAL GEAR SOLID 4 PS3 80GB BUNDLE!”, has been posted as follows:
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The only problem is, all the links are disguised; they actually lead to a site hosted at cen.thegigabit.com. I guess you’re supposed to go, “Whoa! I’m not selling a Playstation! I gotta fix this now!” and start clicking.
Here’s the thing I don’t get: why are they trying to steal Craigslist passwords? To my knowledge, Craigslist isn’t like eBay where you pay through the site itself; don’t Craigslist buyers just contact the seller and arrange for payments on their own? Is it that difficult to just create a fake Craigslist account from which to run your cashier’s check and wire transfer scams?
I just don’t get it. Somebody fill me in if I’m wrong about this; I don’t use online classifieds at all, so I don’t know firsthand how it works.