Scammers are targeting Internet users with a new Craigslist scam – well, really more of a Craiglist spoof – wherein they send email to you, mostly from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, telling you that “you have succesfully posted your Craigslist ad” (although the samples we have seen actually misspell several words, so it ends up looking like “You have successfuly posted your Craiglist.org ad”).
As is almost always the case with these sorts of spoofing scams, the tactic is to worry you so that you will follow the links in the email that supposedly go to the site they are spoofing, when in reality they go to the scammer’s site. In this particular case the links we found go to a site in China, http://iklik.cn/genidpo.html
Pathetically, the scammers at iklik.cn typed the fake links so poorly that they look like this:
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Hopefully that is enough to get people to realize it’s a scam, but you never know.
Here is a sample of the scam email:
Subject: You have successfuly posted your Craiglist.org ad.
Date: July 17, 2012 9:06:09 AM MDT
Posting ID # 18449617:
“Screwdrivers kit” (household items – by owner)
Can now be viewable at the following location:
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