Account Update Notice – Craigslist Fraud

While spam volumes may be down, the Phishing fraud’s continue in high volume with users being highly favored targets.

Look for these spam emails to trap unsuspecting users:

Subject:     Account Update Notice
From:     “craigslist” <>

While they spoof  “” as the sending address, most that we’ve reviewed have come from various hijacked Earthlink accouts:

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Here’s a complete copy of one of these “Account Update Notice” frauds:

Account Update Notice - Craigslist Fraud

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In a nutshell, the email’s main warning that’s used to get your attention is this:

According to our records, your account has violated our site policies.

The rest of the email attempts to drive you to log into your Craigslist account:

And, if you follow the link, you’ll see this page below:

Craigslist Phishing Fraud Landing Page

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But the fact is you’re looking at a Phishing Fraud landing page that the spammer is using to steal any username/passwords that visitors are willing to share.

While many servers are used to perpetrate this fraud, the screen capture above come from

In a clever twist, after capturing your login information, you’ll then be redirected to the real site.

The purpose of this last bit is to trick you into believing that your first login attempt simply failed, making it less likely you’ll realize you’ve just given your username and password to some spammer, likely on the other side of the world.


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