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.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SCAM >>> Fwd: Re: Medium Office Size?

Really the CEO of Craiglist ( They spelled it Craig's List) uses a Hotmail address... REALLY!  OMG what a waste of an email.

The click here was a link to a site that gives this person credit for getting people to the site and signing up for crap they don't need so can get his free stuff.  I dislike this type of bait/switch and it makes me angry. 

Avoid these scams and don't even click on the links to give them even one point towards their free product.  They should be banned from these sites for violating their TOS.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angel Thomas <>
Date: Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Medium Office Size?

Attention Craigslist User,

My name is Angel Thomas, Ceo of Craigslist. We have recently joined up with Apple mackintosh for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away no cost Apple MacBooks to randomly selected individuals who have published an advert on Craigslist. You have been chosen as one of our latest winners for today. We randomly select numbers to match up with ads on C-list and your advertisement matched with our latest drawing.

We have partnered up with Apple inc to advertise their most popular product yet, the Apple MacBook. Once again, we are running this campaign for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to go to our website made for this promotion and enter your email to obtain yours for free. Simply make sure you enter your email so we may locate our records to make certain that we have reserved one for you. That is it!

Congratulations on winning a free Apple MacBook (valued at $800). In case you have any query or concerns, feel free to e-mail me back. However, you should claim your free MacBook first to ensure one will be reserved for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may possibly not receive this e-mail until after the deadline, but, we suggest you check the web site and enter your email to see if we still have got yours on hold, which we often-times do because others haven't claimed theirs in time.

Angel Thomas

CEO, Craig's list


Anonymous said...

I got the same one today. Luckily, I googled the name (before clicking the link) and it came right to this site. However, the email address for Angel Thomas that I got was, but the exact same email.

Anonymous said...

Angel Thomas sent me the same one. However, I was not dumb enough to fall for it. Doesn't anyone want to work fora living anymore?

Anonymous said...

I got this address today for this mysterious Angel Thomas:
From: Angel Thomas
I did not click on it and would advise no one do so either.
Portland, OR CL User

Sunny said...

Just got mine today.
Of course, didn't click link. I hovered and see it goes to a site called *sigh*
Just one more to block/delete.
Vancouver, Wa CL user

hollywoodie said...

This is the angels latest today is
apr 30. what a friggin looser.
no contact from me either.

Anonymous said...

I got one from Sandra Clark, but saw the hotmail address and, much as I wanted to reply to tell the "CEO" what a bloody bonehead they were, I trashed the email instead.

Anonymous said...

anyone actually tried to legally force them to give you6 the i-pad?

Anonymous said...

I got the same e-mail from Magali Kleindienst a.k.a. The e-mail reads:

I am Jim Buckmaster the CEO of Craigs List. We have just recently partnered up with Apple Inc. to offer absolutely free Apple MacBook Air to randomly chosen folks that have made posts with Craigs list. You've been chosen as our winner for today. Your Craig's list post id came up in our random pick.

You have won a no cost Apple MacBook Laptop Air! Please visit our company's promotional web site HERE and follow the guidelines in order to get your no cost Apple MacBook. When you are done typing in your email address and following the directions on our promotional web site we will send you an Apple MacBook Laptop Air in 3 to 4 business days.

Congratulations on winning an Apple MacBook (currently valued at $1599). I suggest you to head over to our promo page without delay and sign up for your free MacBook so that we may save one for you.

We appreciate you posting with Craigslist,

Jim Buckmaster
Owner, Craigslist

Of course, the link they provide you with just takes you to And no, I didn't click on the link.

This spam was precipitated by an e-mail by "Magali" which asked, "Did you say..." then took a quote from my Craigslist ad to sell some golf clubs. The first e-mail seemed idiotic, so I just sent a snide remark back to them.

I'm wondering if Craigslist is even worth bothering with anymore. It seems like it generates more lame spam than it's worth.

I would almost say it would be worth trying to take them to court for the ipad or Macbook, but more than likely this scam originates from the wonderful country of Nigeria, so it would be difficult to do anything legally.

McMel said...

i've already won 3 macbooks in 2 days