I posted an item up for sale on Craigslist, and was excited to receive this email the next day:
From: Michael Haishkarem Re: Re: [exact title of the item I posted] Hi, saw the Ad you put up on craigslist titled - "[exact title of the item I posted]" and I'm quite interested in purchasing this but I am not too confident if it's the similar type that my cousin is after. Here's a demo that I was able to cpy from my brother's computer URL1 or try URL2. Can you please confirm its the similar kind and get back to me as soon as possible. I'm ready to pay a little more than what you put on for sale as long it matches the Vid description and you can put it on hold for me. Kind Regards Sonya.
After a few seconds of thought, I decided that this was a scam; probably a computer generated phishing attempt. Note the following hallmarks:
- Several personal details (the cousin, the brother) intended to make the email seem more personal and authentic.
- A generic email that could easily be re-used for other postings. The email title and item mention in the email body were what I had posted for the item; verbatim. These were clearly scraped right off of my Craigslist posting. And there was no other mention of the item in the email.
- An appeal to the victim's greed. "Oh, you'll pay me more if I click these links?"
Tags: paranoia psa