From another site, extract:

Who would do such a thing? The same sort of people who have perpetuated some of the top urban legends such as the claim that Mr. Rogers had a former secret career as a trained assassin, and that ATM users can quickly contact police in the event of an attempted robbery by entering their PIN in reverse. The cyberspace is full of lies disguised as inspiration, political alerts, health warnings, and prayers. Many come complete with enhanced photographs. The ones that are especially ironic are those that state, “Even Snopes has confirmed this,” along with a link to Snopes that attributes it as false. People who forward such emails, obviously do not check the link themselves. (source: To Forward or Not to Forward? By Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My ad about a 2002 Chevy in Craiglist: Fake Spam Email

I am not alone to receive this fake blessing, you may also be one of those who are spammed--I neither have a van nor advertised for it in the New York's Craigslist. The message looks 100% genuine, and official:

Confirmation for Posting ID# 1779115062
Your ad, titled '2002 Chevrolet 3500 Express Van' has been posted as follows: (cars & trucks - by dealer)

Posts will appear in the list of postings and in search results in about 15 minutes.
If you have trouble finding your ad, please check our help page: [?]
Please log in into your account if you need to edit or delete your posting:

If you did not post this ad please change your account password asap:
For your protection please check our list of common scams.
Thanks for using craigslist!

A consumer protectionist, John Stark, reports the same fake email, read his experience (interestingly John and me received this email today, and we hereby advise you not to click on this fake email message):

Fun with craigslist

June 9th, 2010
Here’s a bogus e-mail that hit my inbox seconds ago. It asks me to verify the ad I supposedly posted for a 2002 Chevy van. Said ad, of course, does not exist. The game appears to be: Let’s get this guy’s craigslist password for fun and profit. But since I don’t have a craigslist account, the scheme didn’t work.

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