How to stop spambots on Craigslist

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August 18, 2013 at 23:23:58
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To make it short yes Craigslist is full of spammers but this is about spambots. Been using CL for 7 months but in the past few or so I get hit with spambots every time when I repost or post an item. I add my own self security (which I won't tell) so I can spot the spambots. But it's annoying. Recently added Peerblock, thought maybe that would help, but no. So like I said they hit me when I repost or post an item. Most of the time it says reply to a Gmail account. So are they taped into my account or Craigslist and it there any way to stop them? And yes I hit the report spam button. One more question. What are they looking for if I do respond to them? Thanks!!!

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August 19, 2013 at 11:03:29
Don't use Craigslist for buying/selling/browsing. It's infested with bots, spammers, scrappers, etc. that will do anything (like others on the web) to collect any bit of information in order to take advantage of you or what they know about you to profit/steal. Craigslist is just another form of content submission that malicious people look to manipulate and take advantage of like all others, but it's also built to be easy to use, so easy to SPAM/scam.

Some people post their listing saying, "Write X in the subject so I know you're not a spambot." where X is something like the date, a location, recent news item, color, number, etc. If you know they're spammers, don't interact with them. Instead, report them to the system and their email provider. Do NOT click any links they provide either.

You can't have your cake and eat it too. Make a decision whether it's more important that you buy/sell on their service, or keeping your computer, email, and personal details secure.

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Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#2
August 19, 2013 at 15:06:18
That's nice but where's the answer to the question?

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#3
August 19, 2013 at 18:32:59
The first sentence, the last sentence, and all in between. You can't control how others use a site that you don't administrate. I also stated what the spammers are looking to do. What else are you looking for?

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#4
August 19, 2013 at 21:30:09
The 1st ?>> So are they taped into my account or Craigslist and it there any way to stop them? The 2nd ?>> What are they looking for if I do respond to them? I need DETAILS as most of what you said I already knew. (No disrespect intended)

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August 20, 2013 at 10:05:15
They are robots, so they are hitting practically any posting on that website and eluding the website's anti-spam systems. What you mean by "taped into your account" I don't exactly know. I surmised you meant why are they picking on you? My answer is that they're picking on everyone.

What are they looking for? The same thing every scammer ever to have existed is looking for: to take advantage of people, most likely for financial gain.

What this specific scammer is looking to get from you in details and how are they trying to do it in details? I have no idea. Not with the information supplied nor the desire to find out. I highly doubt it's a single scammer anyway. The best solution I can come up with is to not use that website. It's built to be easy to use, which means it's easy for malicious people to manipulate.

I'm not trying to be an ass or jerk, I'm just trying to spell it out as clearly as possible. Do NOT use Craigslist at all - not to buy, not to sell, and not to browse as you may be tempted to buy/sell. That is the closest you can do to stop them. By already supplying them your information such as email, you can bet it's being passed around or sold to other malicious people as a target to scam.

Edit: If you're not going to heed my advice, at least register a new, free email address on Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, etc. that you use exclusively for CL so that any problems you have with SPAM aren't real problems that affect other personal information.

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