Spam...we're not talking ham

Spam. Not the ham variety but those little emails you get when you know they are totally bogus. I've changed my name to Marta.

Marta is selling sports tickets online through Craigslist using an old ebay ID that I haven't used for over a year. My inbox was inundated the other day with emails from prospective buyers stating they would love to have this great deal I'm offering on Craigslist and they had finally tracked me down with the ebay ID I gave in the ads. My first thought was typical spam email...delete! Then the emails started coming through with the message stating "I am now sending you my credit card number and please hold the tickets". Curiosity started to get the better of me so I logged into the old account and voila...these were all legitimate buyers contacting me through ebay's system! I wouldn't normally be concerned, but these people were giving me their credit card numbers, addresses and phone numbers....and we're talking about all over the US. How gullible are people to send this info to a person who is advertising on Craigslist with an ebay user ID?

I did a post a while back about being Twitter dumb. Never say never...I now tweet and understand the validity of the social networking site for business purposes. It seems that accounts are being hacked over there right and left sending out emails such as "Check your IQ with this test...are you smarter than me?" Open one of those direct messages and it will definitely show your score..idiot comes to mind.

I really must be living in another world. Who gets their jollies from doing this kind of stuff? I understand selling SEC tickets and getting money for them but the other malicious emails for no monetary gain has me baffled. Honesty must be another quality not being taught, but I digress. Have you been scammed through spam?
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That's nuts! I have no idea who falls for that kind of stuff.
Diane said…
Thanks for the heads up. Very sad and disgusting what people are up to now. Is there any integrity left??? :O)
ellen abbott said…
People hijack my website contact email address every now and then and send out spam in my name. My spam filter gets inundated for a few days until it runs it's course.
Oh my! Yes, I was once scammed when I first started selling on ebay...a very legitimate looking email came through offering me a power seller account. I signed up and the next day someone had listed a very expensive Ducati motorcycle in my account!

I now regularly get emails telling me I've won $200 000 dollars and I should send money to Nigeria to collect my winnings...some are obvious, others are not.

Be diligent! :-)
xoxo
Once I got a paypal scam saying they needed info for my account. I gave them everything. Then I realized and had to cancel every credit card, move banks...it sucked.
Makes you wish for the days of "Is your refrigerator running?" prank calls, doesn't it?

Those folks are lucky it's YOU that's receiving their info.
Amariah said…
Anymore, there are only a few websites that I go to. I'm even careful about which blogs I read. My husband has his MA in computer science and he has me pretty paranoid of just about everything.
Jill said…
Thanks for the reminder! I've just recently started twittering and blogging (more) and I forget how vulnerable I am now. ...I guess all those gmail account I've been hiding under are worth it!
Divine Mrs D said…
That happened to my father. His Ebay account (which I actually was the only one who really used it) had a car for sale. Definitely not our car.
How annoying! I have not experienced this yet and hope never to. There must be so many poor, wretched, souls out there with nothing to do but cause trouble. How about volunteering at a soup kitchen or doing something useful - spammers?
briannelee said…
Someone broke into my Ebay account a few years ago. Luckily I didn't have anything of interest saved in there.
Matty said…
There will always be people who trust, or else take their chances, and send their personal information. The former because of the obvious, and the latter because they want the item so badly.

I frequently get spam emails asking for information. I just delete them. I've only ever tried selling something on eBay once, and when no one was interested I removed it, but there were no spammers with it.
Emmy said…
I have gotten emails from "paypal" saying they were updating security features, there was an unauthorized payment, a few different variations and so please click and log into your account.

The key is to always go right to the site, never click links within emails.

It is scary!
Snap said…
I don't Tweet or Facebook or Ebay. I figure I have enough trouble keeping track of our email accounts! I've been hacked -- through a supposedly secure website -- using my credit card etc. What a pain that was. Now, I don't believe if the website comes up with a lock that it is truly secure. If they don't take paypal ... I don't purchase.
Liss said…
I don't open emails from anyone I don't know. I am lucky I get very little span at my real email address.
Brian Miller said…
not a spam fan myself, mystery meat or otherwise...nor the mad spam commentor...

so how much are you selling hte tickets for? lol.
otin said…
I have never been conned, but I know some people who would take the bait if they were not warned!
Judy said…
I had listed an antique showcase recently on Craigs list (my first time on that site) the first offer I got was a scam. The guy wanted to send me a bank check via UPS and he could not "talk" to me because he was deaf...it went on and on with reasons. Anyway, I never did sell it to him.

So anyway what show is the tickets for? I will send you cash instead! LOL
Vicky said…
I'm pretty wary in the first place but know how easily it could happen to any one of us. I too am glad it was you at the other end of this thing or the whole thing could have had huge ramifications!
Kathy said…
I've never used e-bay, but I get plenty of twitter spam...and I rarely use my twitter account. I also don't open e-mails from anyone I don't know.
drollgirl said…
this stuff is so discouraging. why don't these losers get a life?!?!?!? it is not cool. there is so much grief in the world, and they contribute to it. if they put that energy into something WORTHWHILE AND LEGITIMATE it sure would be nice! shaking fist!!!!
Barbara said…
I don't do ebay and rarely craigslist, but only as a buyer.I'm really careful, but probably as naive as anyone. We have had bank accounts hacked (who know what idiot figured out how to do that from Mexico?) But we're all so vulnerable now. It's scary.What's wrong with people? I feel like there are just vultures out there, waiting for you to drop your guard for a heartbeat!
My name is PJ. said…
I get zero spam...How? I actually block everyone and everything from my email and only unblock them one at a time. I've done it for years and it works like a charm.

Whatever technology makes possible, there always has to be some spoilsport to try to ruin it, doesn't there?
Stephen Tremp said…
People have no shame. They could probably make as much money channeling their talents towards honest living. Some people are just bad.

Stephen Tremp
I wonder the same thing every day. I've had the same email address for over 10 years so I get a lot of spam. Most of it tells me I won the UK Lottery or is an IQ test from a twitter user. So sad.
Delena said…
I have not received any emails from scammers but know people who have.
Oh my goodness! That's just horrible. Seriously-I agree with you, what kind of people would get their kicks doing that to other people?!
This is something where karma will kick in later in life(hopefully).

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