Classified ads on CraigsList and other classified ad websites result in a lot of fraudulent responses, some of which were designed to divest yourself of your money and others which are designed to obtain your e-mail address so it can be sold to various spammers and fraudsters.
I recently posted a classified ad on Craigs List and immediately received several responses from people claiming to be interested in what I was selling. When I responded, I received back an e-mail stating that the person would send me a check and send someone to pick up the item I was selling. I immediately recognized as as a fraudulent e-mail. Anytime someone says they will send you a check, you can be sure that it’s fraud.
Obviously, I did not fall victim to the e-mail scam, but the worst part of this is that I suddenly realized the scammers now have my e-mail address which of course I had hidden on my Craig’s list ad. Not only do they have my e-mail address, but they know it is a valid e-mail address just waiting to receive spam e-mails from all of the spammers and scammers they sell it to.
How can you avoid revealing your e-mail address when sending an e-mail to someone responded to your Craig’s List classified ad?
Tip: Set up a free e-mail account at Yahoo.com or elsewhere to respond to people responding to your classified ad. It will only take you 60 seconds to open a new temporary e-mail account, especially because you can use any weird username, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for a good one.
Be sure to keep the username and password available so you can use your new e-mail account again when you post another ad. At any time when you start receiving too much spam at your new temporary e-mail account, just open another one.