HI Everyone, glad to see you guys back here. So today I thought we would talk about a scam that just plagues the internet and does huge amounts of damage. It’s really too bad that the world has this wonderful tool, called the internet and ever since it was born people have tried to use it to steal money.
You guys know that there were scams way before the internet, but the internet just opened up a world. Where, there is opportunity there will be people to exploit it. I don’t want to scare people because the internet can be very safe to use as long as you are paying attention and be proactive.
I personally use the internet for everything, I do all the things I used to have to run around to do. Like pay bills, banking, shopping, and a slew of other stuff. So what I’m saying is the internet makes people’s lives easier. We can go to sites to learn, you can find out anything you need to know just by a few clicks.
With that being said lets dig in to what you came here for and find out about Phishing Scams and how they are used on Craigslist.
What Is A Phishing Scam
Phishing means stealing accounts, passwords, financial information by masquerading as a trusted party. Phishers will send you by email official looking emails with a link to real looking “really fake” Craigslist site.
If, you were to type in your log-in and your password to this fake Craigslist site, the Phisher can now use your Craigslist account to post scam ads on your Craigslist account. First item to learn if you don’t know the sender or you even get that “I’m not sure feeling”, listen to it. More to come on this keep reading.
How Does This Phishing Work
You get an email from Craigslist it’s supposedly official, asking you to confirm all your information your password, username, phone number, or even your credit card information.
***In this email they may threaten you that they will close your account, they may say they will cancel or remove any and all posts you have running if you don’t reply immediately.
***These scammers are sophisticated in some cases they will use email spoofing, this will make the email look like it came straight from Craigslist.
So you see it appears to have come from Craigslist, so you click on it and it will take you to a 3rd party site that looks a lot like the Craigslist site.
Once your on the fake site it may ask you to install some software, download an attachment, or even receive some kind of message on your phone.
Once, you put in your login information onto the fake site you have actually just given it to the third party that sent the email.
Now that the 3rd party has your information, which is actually the scammer they now can login into your actual Craigslist account.
How To Avoid Phishing Scam – Protect Yourself
Never under any circumstance click on an email link that asks you about your account information or especially any of your personal information.
The way to be safe is to only login into your Craigslist account is to manually go to Craigslist.org.
If you feel that there is an issue with your account or any of your posts, be safe about it and go directly to Craigslist.org and login from there then you can check on your account
Once your logged in by going to Craigslist.org, and everything looks good and there are no issues with your account. You can be assured that you can ignore the email messages
Don’t ever provide a phone authentication code to anyone except Craigslist, the only way Craigslist will ask for it is to have you type it on their site, and is only used as part of the posting process.
Above all use your common sense, did you ever after reading something get that feeling that something just was not right? Listen to that feeling if you get a suspicious email don’t click the links.
If You Think You Might Have Been Phished
If you go to your Craigslist account and you see posts that you didn’t make or some other strange or unfamiliar activity DELETE the posts immediately and do yourself a big favor and change your PASSWORD!!! It’s a good idea to change your password every once in a while even if you were not phished.
I know how much of a pain it is to change all of your passwords but on important things like banking, credit cards, PayPal, etc…
It’s one of the safe guards we have. Keep a notebook with your passwords all written down that way you can keep track.
The other thing to make sure you do if you think you have been phished is on the same line as I was just saying if you use the same password as you do for Craigslist for something else at least change that one.
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