Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Craigslist iPad Scam / re: Craig Newmark

Can't go into much detail now, I am in between class at LBCC and am astounded at this SCAM email I got pretending to be from the Founder, wait, the Original Founder of Craigslist.

It is not really a Money Scam, it is a sign up and go through 10K hoops and buy 10-dozen things and sign up 100 people to win an iPad scam. This (person) is trying to get you sign up on using their code so HE will get an iPad.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Craig Newmark <>
Date: Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM
Subject: Lost Cat - Missing Since 1/31 - Yellow Tabby - See Photos (SW Albany 8th Ave - Takena - Broadway)
To: subscriber

Dear Craigslist User,

My name is Craig Newmark, I'm the original founder and creator of Craigslist. I'm very excited to tell you about a new partnership we formed with Apple Inc. that enables us to give away free Apple iPads to a few lucky Craigslist posters. Each poster getting an iPad is randomly selected using a post they recently submitted to craigslist. You have been picked as today's winner. Congratulations!! Your craigslist post "Lost Cat - Missing Since 1/31 - Yellow Tabby - See Photos (SW Albany 8th Ave - Takena - Broadway)" came up in today's random drawing and we traced it back to this email address.

We created a special web page to help each winner get their iPad, please CLICK HERE and complete a couple of simple steps to get your free iPad. After completing the steps required, an iPad will be shipped to you in 1-3 business days. After shipping your iPad we will send you a confirmation email with shipping details along with estimated arrival time.

Congratulations for being selected as today's winner!!! Your free iPad currently sells for $850 to $900. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by replying to this email and I'll get back to you within 24-48 hours. Before contacting me I strongly recommend that you visit our iPad claim page HERE so that a unit is reserved for you before we run out.

Thank you for posting on Craigslist,

Craig Newmark
Founder of Craigslist


Anonymous said...

Just got this same email after posting job on craigslist. Who could actually fall for this!?

Founder of knowing horseshit when I see it.

Anonymous said...

HA! Well said anonymous, I received this email too, and thought pretty much the same thing... people are idiots.

Anonymous said...

recieved it yesterday...cant believe some people actually fall for these scams....where has common sense gone