If there's a silver lining, at least now when you get a seller telling you "these sell for $5000 on eBay," you can counter with a $200 craigslist ad...
The car/truck ATV ads have started again in the Seattle area. However, when I click on "Prohibited", the ads are NOT disappearing!
Now they are appearing in the entire Pacific Northwest region!
Quoted from KenLayton:
when I click on "Prohibited", the ads are NOT disappearing!
That's a CL change. Click the trash can after the post title and it will hide the post from your list. I don't know why it doesn't auto-hide after being flagged anymore.
Added over 3 years ago: UPDATE: CL ads again auto-hide after clicking the prohibited link. Hooray.
So if you're searching for "pinball" you would change your search to "pinball -gmail". Try both searches and take a look at the different results. You should see a lot of those bogus ads no longer show up.
Occasionally, the spammer will have ads that do not contain the word gmail or will mask it with some variation, but it gets a good portion of them.
Wow, they were really busy here in the northwest again. Earlier today I flagged 60 of them. Just now I finished flagging 212 of them!
There are hundred of fake ads placed daily. They aren't just for pinball, but tagged as such. You're not getting a 2012 Ford F-150 for $2600, sorry.
Just flagged another 421 of these ads. Also, they are using a new bunch of (probably hijacked) gmail addresses in the ads now.
Run some of those addresses through haveibeenpwned.com. Do you see any of them involved in a data breach?
I simply filter my searches with a "-II" exclusion. I've visually scanned the spam text on those posts. This string "II" seems to appear in them all and does not seem to cause any false alarms or miss legit ads containing valid strings like "gmail".
I've been 99.9% spam free!
It would me nice if Craigslist would do fuzzy hashing against the images. It's always the same group of images posted over and over.
I'm seeing a couple of ads in different cities that have 'fake' written all over them. There is no information in the 'Reply' button. The poster wants you to look at the reply info below and figure out that you need to add an '@' sign in your reply.
Pinball Machine- Williams Disco Fever - $300
This is the Classic 70s Pinball Machine- "Disco Fever"! This is a classic piece of Americana and tribute to the movie "Saturday Night Fever" and the entire disco era. It features John Travolta as Tony Manero and Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie. It was introduced shortly after the movie came out. It has a "family friendly" disco theme with awesome "Banana" flippers.
Williams Pinball Machine Skill Pool. pinball - $240
Fun and Fast. Ready to Play.
if you are interested text me========== marjorieh266gmailcom
Look fake to me!
Edit: Found the picture for Skill Pool used in the Tucson ad:
Original CL listing:
New ones seem to be replying back with quibids.com affiliate links. I replied to one for fun.
I'm seeing multiple fake ads just about daily now with stolen photos from other ads, with and $250, $300, or $350 price tags.
The other big clue is the mangled email address in the ad.
Scammer hiding a gmail address in the post:
"Dolphin Pinball Machine. Working Pinball machine, the playfield looks great and black glass is flawless. The score reel sometimes gets stuck but overall works great.
Lowball offers will be ignored.
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