Flagged & Removed: Craigslist Spam

There’s a renewed effort from spammers trying to hijack legitimate Craigslist.org accounts.

One version currently in distribution arrives:

Subject:     flagged & removed: 36984099
From:     “Craigslist” <no-reply@craigsIst.org>

To further add the appearance of legitimacy and to help evade spam filtering systems the number at the end of the subject line is randomized.

The email warns:

Your posting has been flagged for removal.

And then continues with:

If you feel your posting was wrongly flagged down (2% of flagged ads are) please accept our apologies and feel free to repost using the link below:


Here’s a screen shot of the entire spam email:


Craigslist Flagged & Removed Spam

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Unfortunately while the link provided appears to be valid, it really loads a spoofed Phishing page designed to capture your Craigslist login and password  (should you provide it) so that your account can then be stolen and used for a wide variety of Internet fraud committed via Craigslist postings.

The faked login page looks like this:


Craigslist Phishing Site

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Given the growing volume of Craigslist frauds, and the legitimate site’s overwhelming failure to respond to legitimate service requests, we strongly suggest you be very careful about responding to any emails supposedly originating from Craigslist.


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