Solved Unwanted suggestive emails from replies to Craigslist ad

September 12, 2013 at 08:01:17
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I would be grateful if anyone can help eliminate this problem that has been going on for over two weeks. I have not been able to stop it, even though I have cancelled the Craig's List ad days ago, they are still coming in. The emails sent to me in the 'To' line, has both my first and last name! There is no way I can mark them 'spam' or whatever else, on CL because they didn't post the ad.....I did.

I had advertised an item on that site and days later I received suggestive pictures and comments wanting to meet. The item listed has nothing to do with that. I've contacted CL and so far no response. Every day, it's a new person. Some of the names on their sent emails to me tend to be foreign.

I cannot come up with a solution. Even if I put them on the 'blocked' list, it makes no difference because every day there is a new person. There have been no repeats from one person. I do need to sell the item because it's quantity. I can relist it, but that would not stop what has been happening with the original posting.

I do realize this is not a computer problem per se' but in a sense it might be. I'm not sure if this site is the proper place to contact, but I'm giving it a try because there are so many helpful individuals who are always there to help. Thanks! P.S. I heard emails coming in, I checked and there are three more of the same type as described with each having a different name.

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September 12, 2013 at 12:34:42
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A couple of suggestions for using craigslist:

1. rather than using your primary email, setup a "junk" email account using one of the free webmail sites such as Yahoo, then use it strictly for placing or replying to CL ads.
2. place a comment in your ad directing anyone who responds to use a specific subject line in their response, that way you'll know immediately if the response is real or not. For example, you place an ad that says "HP printer" but in your ad you say "please put 'CLUB SODA' in the subject line".
3. never post your email address in the body of the ad, use the CL anonymous email instead
4. never put your phone number in an ad using typical "phone format" (111-111-1111). Always spell out a number or two to throw off the spammers & the "phone number harvesters". For example, 1one1-one11- 1one one1.

As for the spam you're currently getting, there's not much you can do. Eventually it will taper off.

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September 12, 2013 at 12:51:53
I only list a phone number to call or text and clearly state I will not reply to any email as it is always spam.

You might want to purchase a spam filter for your email application.

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