Craigslist Tip For Reducing Spam Emails

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a Craigslist email asking “is this still available“. Usually, when a seller replies “yes”, the response is a poorly disguised phishing email trying to obtain personal information and/or offering more money to remove the listing and consider it sold.

Recently, I stopped putting a value into the “Price” section when creating my listing. Instead, I include my asking price inside the description.

This has cut down TREMENDOUSLY on phishing emails!

Perhaps spammers have a program created based on the “Price” value that alerts them when a big ticket item is listed so they can attempt their scam? I am assuming they are too lazy to open the listing to see how much the seller is asking. This has worked for me, so I wanted to pass the tidbit along.

Below are additional Craigslist scams I have shared. Familiarize yourself with these scams and do NOT fall for them.

Also, check out my tips for being safe on Craigslist!



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3 Thoughts to “Craigslist Tip For Reducing Spam Emails”

  1. I have found your info so helpful. When we rehomed Buddy we used CL but I used some of your know how on commentary about deleting when gone etc. It is hard to trust CL and deal with the spam sometimes but it has really be beneficial to us.

  2. Thanks, I am SO glad you are finding my CL tips useful! We have sold a lot of stuff via Craigslist, but recently the spammers are out of control. If I can help just one person NOT become a victim, then I feel as though I have done my job. 🙂

  3. Birdie Skolfield

    Thanks so much thats so smart your a genius NO MORE Phising emails for us !!! Ebay can create a mess in your email I have a seperate email addy for it also thanks again

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