craigslist weird email to me

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I posted on CL's wanted-items a cut from a rhubarb plant. 2 diff replies 2 diff nights w/ exact same message reading she just bought a new one so has no need of old one. Will send email to me from home w/ photo. New and old rhubarb plants? Is this just a silly prank or ? I always sign w/ an obvious male name.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

It doesn't sound like a prank to me--my guess is somehow she misunderstood what you were asking for--wait and see what she sends you a photo of!

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

I don't understand? did you reply to the first message? Maybe he/she thinks you did not get the first message so tried sending it again?
Also possible they don't speak english well?
I dunno about the old/new thing, that's kinda odd.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I received the following replies to my WANTED inquiry on CL: 1 last night and again tonight. last night was signed Shelley & tonights was Colleen. But the message and email is identical. The message reads:

I recently got given a new one so am looking to give mine away.

I am at work now so can't mail a photo, if you are still searching email me on my home email:

[email protected]

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

OK that IS wierd. Doesn't know her name or something.
I would totally ignore that whole drivel if it were me :)

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

Ignoring I am.

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

It is a scam. It has been going on all over Craigslist for a while now. Just delete....

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

When you post on Craigs List, check "hide e-mail".
Then include your phone number in the ad. You will get only people interested in what you are selling or wanted item. The ones that answer by e-mail are only after your bank account number & so on.
I don't understand why Craigs List still uses that stupid e-mail system.
I've tried to answer ads that way & most of the time they won't go.
If the ad has a phone number, you can dial it and actually discuss with the person what they are selling.
I've ran numerous ads listing my phone & had great success. A few years ago I used e-mail when trying to sell a couple items. I would have been out thousands of dollars if I would have sold the item to the ones responding.

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

Personally I do not post my phone number on any sites.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

I always post my phone number on CL. I wish people would just call and talk to you 'in person' instead of emailing back and forth.
I usaly git stuff like this txtd 2 me!

Drives me nuts!

I don't respond to any of those.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

My email address is hidden as a CL address. I was wondering if they were able/attempting to get info. from me.

waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

I never give my phone number in an ad, you just get goofy calls. If someone is interested they will ask a reasonable question and you can respond to it. I use my "Junk Mail" address for listing anything for sale so that I am not identified and keeps the crap out of my regular mail box. We've had some real oddballs respond to ads, but have also successfully sold many items.

I would never give a bank account number, charge card number or paypal id to pay for anything on CL. Cash and local purchases only.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

This evening I received 2 more but this time the message is about getting your hands on some federal stimulus dollars by clicking an attached link.

waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Click on a link from someone you don't know? Not in my lifetime.

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

Me either. Even from people I DO know - sometimes they are viruses, so I always use my judgment, and when in doubt I email them and say 'did you just send me a such-and-such link?'

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

There are lots of spammers who send similar emails. It gets annoying. They send those emails to EVERYONE who posts on CL. They're phishing for your email address or they're trying to get some other personal information. Often they're just selling your email address, so you end up with more spam.

If a response to my ad doesn't mention my item specifically and sound personal to my ad, I don't respond. After a while, you can determine the difference. Also most spammers are using free email accounts, like gmail, hotmail, aol, aim, yahoo. Not all responses with these emails are spammers, but with some experience, you'll be able to determine which are.

I don't list my phone number on CL. If someone has your phone number, they can find out just about anything they want about you without even contacting you. I had some jerk contact me about a laptop I was selling for $300. He called several times to tell me it was a piece of garbage (altho he hadn't seen it) and that I needed to quit listing it on HIS craigslist. He kept flagging my listing. I have no idea why. I finally sold the laptop for $300 just like I wanted. So I guess it wasn't a piece of garbage after all.

I'd much rather put up with Spam than to come home to a series of phone calls by some insane jerk.

Irvine, KY(Zone 6a)

Isn't it sad that we can't transact useful business without worrying about privacy concerns and weirdos out there? A friend and I are trying to establish a breast cancer self-help group for women in our area which has few resources such as a support group. We don't want to give out our full names or phone numbers, so I got a new e-mail account on gmail that I hope will help us screen out cranks but still get in touch with women who would like to share information with us.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Use your cell phone number. It can't be traced to you like land lines.
I get enough junk e-mail without giving everyone a chance by listing on CL with a e-mail reply.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I finally got a reply from a normal person (assuming)whose husband keeps mowing over the top of her rhubarb plant (too real!!) and willing to divide. We will see.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Sunfarm, why don't y'all set up a free yahoo group where y'all can "meet" and chat? You can also moderate new members' first few posts until you're sure they're legit. Then you can take them off moderation. When you moderate them, you must approve the posts before they "go public". And you'll have the option of deleting any member who might be a spammer.

It is sad that we have to deal with cheats, spammers and crackpots.

Irvine, KY(Zone 6a)

ButterflyChaser, thanks for the tip on Yahoo. I did not know how their site works. I will keep that in mind if we have problems on gmail.

Olympia, WA

My thoughts about the CL request. You said you use an obvious male name. Your email is from a woman who wants to send you a picture??? Two (?) women who want to send you a picture? Uh, me thinks you are getting the hustle - CL is great for that......lots of porno pix go out on ads. Smart that you have not replied.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

The spammers are tricky. They keep switching emails, but they're using all the free email accounts currently. The scams are numerous. I don't reply to any emails that don't specifically mention my item name. If they say, "Is this item still for sale?" or "Why are you selling this so cheap?", it's spam. A truly interested person will say, "Is your couch still for sale? Where could I see it?"

Recently the trend is to send blank emails in response, so you only have the title of your Craigslist Ad in the subject line. So you get this empty email and you're thinking, "That's odd. They're interested in my item but they didn't say anything." So you want to email back and ask when they'd like to see it. And that's how they get your email address so they can start sending you all kinds of spam.

It's really sad that a few jerks want to ruin a good thing. But remember the telemarketers did it with our phones. Craigslist itself isn't bad; it's just another avenue for scammers.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

I feel deprived! I get hardly any e-mails. When I do they are from people or companies I should get them from.
I don't send many either. Mostly I use D-Mail here through Daves.

Delray Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I hate Craig's List for many reasons. One of the worst reasons is just what you describe. Also, there is no integrity on CL, spammers abound, not to mention anything of scammers and racketeers.

You receive a email that makes no sense. So, you think, "Oh, I'll let them know I don't understand their last message". And you reply to that message. When they clicked on your hidden address link on CL, they didn't get your email. But when you reply, they do. Those people amass loads of email addresses, which they sell left, right and center. Keep your antivirus up to date and your spam filter on. You'll get very popular very quickly, unfortunately.

Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

As I said in an earlier post, HIDE THE E_MAIL!!!!
Make them call your cell phone. Spamers won't call!

I've had a lot of luck buying & selling things on CL.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I LOVE craigslist. Spammers and scammers abound almost everywhere these days. I certainly won't leave my cell phone number out there; I would hate to pay for spamming phone calls. Emails are so much easier to ignore and delete.

I've sold TONS on CL and made a few friends who keep coming back and buying my stuff. There are some great people, like you and me, who use CL. And you can get some wonderful deals and make some money getting rid of the clutter.

Countrygardens, perhaps your spam filter is filtering out all spam. Do you check your spam folder or do you have it set to automatically delete everything? I don't have mine set to delete because often friends' emails end up there; I'd never see them if I let the spam folder decide what to delete.

Anastatia, I hope you aren't deterred from CL. Despite the riff-raff we have to put up with there, it's still a wonderful site. I remember all the warnings I got from inexperienced people when I said "I've finally discovered the internet!" Oh, family and friends warned of stalkers, murderers, scammers, etc. Now almost everyone I know is online. LOL The pros far outweight the cons. I hope you have great luck with CL; just ignore the garbage. Unless CL starts charging for a membership, I don't see how they can get rid of it. Since it's totally free, we can't complain I suppose.


Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I too like CL. W/ the exception of these weird spammers & 1 bad ($15) bed frame my experience has been good; even exceptional at times. I purchased our slide in stove on CL a few years ago. The seller delivered it to our house and w/ my husband helped set it up. Would have stayed and done dishes if I asked, I bet! :) Last week I dug up some rhubarb as a result from my 'wanted' ad that brought on the spammers. The dear woman that gave me the rhubarb was a sweet heart. I am not naive to the world out there and am very careful and do not go out to purchase w/ out my husband, aka bouncer, body guard.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Not meaning to act like anyone is stupid here, but I'm an old pro on Craigslist, and I can give you some tips

1. Never reply to anything you're unsure of. Once you reply, they have your email. Scammers and spammers use it to harvest email addresses. It used to be great when you could have two CL accounts, so you could set one up just for replies, but you can't do that anymore.

2. NEVER put your phone number anywhere online! I learned that the hard way. An email scammer contacted me saying she was leaving me several million dollars. Being the smarty pants that I am, I wrote her back and said "That's nice. What is my name?" The email she sent it to was a pseudonym email. She wrote back with the name on the email addy, but with my REAL phone number! Many years ago, before I was internet savvy, I had been trying to sell some birds, and had posted my email and phone number on a bird forum. I immediately had my phone number changed, and the phone company did it free of charge.

3. NEVER let anyone come to your home if possible. For small items, meet them at a mutually agreed public place. If they reneg, they're scammers. People arrange to come to your home to pick things up or bring things so that they can see where you live and what you have so they'll know if you are worth robbing.

4. Don't ever let anyone send you more than you asked for for an item, and never send anything out of the area or out of the country. That is an old scam. The money order or check they send is no good, and it will bounce, while you have already mailed the merchandise.

5. Don't rent a room/house/apartment to someone saying they will be moving over later, and who wants to send you a check/money order for over the amount, and have you send the extra to the moving company or to them. Again, instrument is no good, and you are scammed.


It is a prank. I posted two different items in wanted and got the same response on both items from the same person.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

I repeat; Do not use E-mail on Craig's List.

My brother has a large construction company. He has been using CL to sell things that are removed from houses & buildings they remodel. Told me the other day he has sold $9000 worth of items.
He lists his business phone & shop address. Only gets calls to buy, never a scam.
E-mail is a scammers best friend!


Reread dsa2591's post. There are people that gave out their phone # and/or address have been robbed and even murdered

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Every thing she talks about is E-mail, not phone numbers.

Actually if you were that scared, you should probably live in a cave in the mountains somewhere.

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Saint Paul, MN(Zone 4a)

My husband and I need to sell lots of items, some big (furniture) some not so big. SInce we don't want people coming to our home (obvious reasons), we rented a storage space in security locked facility that has good lighting (if you are there at night) and security cameras. We felt this would be in the best interest of both parties.

Since most of our buyers have been women, they have really appreciated the arrangement. Yes, it's an expense, but I think it's safer for everyone.


(May 11) -- A woman whose husband was shot to death by people responding to a Craigslist ad says her faith in God and the outpouring of love and support she has received are keeping her going.

"I cry every day,"

Round Rock, TX(Zone 8b)

Revisiting this thread.

I've used Craig's list a lot with mostly good experiences. To be safe and spam free I do my ads a little different. Write your ad as you normally would. Hide your email address (like was suggested) and do NOT list a phone number either. The last paragraph of your ad can be something like this.

"Please reply with a phone number because I don't answer email requests. No phone number = no contact from me. Please google (name of your town) to find out how far I am from you"

I never reply to any email from CL via email. Even if they ask where I am. If they're reading my ad they're on the internet and can google my location just as easily as I can answer them back. This way they don't get anything from you (not your email addy nor your phone number). If someone wants your stuff they will send you their phone number. You get to choose who you want to call and when.

I do this with every CL ad, including the stuff for free. I've never had a single problem on CL doing business this way. Most people responding to your request will totally understand why too (if it even comes up).

When the stuff is sold remove the ad and you won't get any more emails. HTH someone. Happy selling!

Rose Lodge, OR(Zone 8b)

Vortreker, women also have been murdered by men they met at church. Or by their very own spouses, or even their kids. Or they murder their own preacher husbands.

Craigslist doesn't kill people; people kill people.

I've met great people at art fairs, church, the Internet (the guy I've dated for almost 8 years), craigslist, even picking up hitchhikers. Ninety-nine out of 100 people you will ever meet are going to be kind & generous.

Then again, I'm not your typical victim, that's for sure. I don't live in fear of anything but fleas, ticks & heights.

I can pick out jerks, crazies, weirdos & losers from a mile off, often just by what they write. Craigslist people in real life tend to be really good, frugal types who know value & want to share what they have. Now freecycle, that is another story ...

Galveston, TX(Zone 9a)

Summerkid, what's your experience on Freecycle been? I ask because I just joined our local chapter a couple of months back. I haven't had any REALLY bad experiences, and I've actually met several very nice people through it, but there have been enough flakes who have either requested an item that I've responded to or responded to one of my postings and said they'd come get it, and then either just disappeared off the face of the planet or popped back up again a few days or a week later: "Hey, can I come get that now?" It's aggravating to the point that I set up a list of people I've had good and bad experiences with, so I can just ignore the bad ones, on the theory that people like that are almost always repeat offenders. It's a relief to know youve done better with Craigslist people, since I'm about to try posting a few things there. Thanks for the advice on how to do the postings on Craigslist, gr8cayte--hopefully, that will save me some hassle!


Rose Lodge, OR(Zone 8b)

Elizabeth, that's exactly it. I think a large proportion of the people on freecycle were told by their other welfare friends that "Hey, you can get all sort of free stuff on the Internet!" I've seen people post looking for a 54" flat-screen TV just in case people are giving theirs away.

So you're not getting the do-it-yourselfers that like C'list. I've encountered lots of generous, decent people, but they don't make up for inconsiderate deadbeats. You know, there's a whole class of people out there who don't value punctuality, or your time, or manners.

It's the manners that gets me the most. One time I was giving away a window AC unit during a heat wave & the first person I offered it to blew me off twice, emailing each time that picking up kids or other errands got in the way, asking to come by the next day & thanking me "for your patience on this." I responded that she had exhausted me patience & that her kids' schedule mattered zero in my life & that she couldn't need the AC unit that bad.

The next person who posted looking for an AC unit was a young pregnant woman who came by that evening as promised. She drove up, climbed heavily out of the car & tried to help me drag this very-heavy unit up the stairs (she's pregnant, remember, and I weigh 115 pounds). We couldn't quite do it without injury, so she calls out to the car, "Honey, we really can't handle this. Can you help?" It turns out that her husband had been sitting in the passenger seat all this time! So he grudgingly gets out, this big, stocky guy, and deigns to load his FREE air conditioner into the trunk. Granted, he had on a wrinkled-but-clean white shirt, so maybe he was on his way to work, but still! She was very pregnant! Yet he gets driven around & while she does the heavy lifting?

I resigned from freecycle the next day.

I've had people drive up, get out of their car without a word, take what I handed them, then get back into their vehicle without a word ("thank you" was kind of the minimum, I thought) and drive off. My b'friend says that a lot of people just grow up without role models & aren't being rude, just are inarticulate & doing what they were taught. Like when I waitressed last summer & would marvel at otherwise-normal-seeming customers who would say, "Could I get some ketchup?" To me that is cave-like behavior & not to be confused with, "Excuse me, may I please have some ketchup when you get a chance?" He says it's just a culture clash.

I mean, I'm not some uptight, lawn-edging, rule-following, mainstream type, but still ... there are virtues & rules for living that I subscribe to!

At any rate, end of rant before I get all worked up & stop enjoying this Pacifico sitting next to the computer.

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