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Old 09-11-2019, 01:19 PM   #1
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Another silly Craigslist Scam

Maybe I'm the last to get this -- or not -- so I thought I'd pass it along.

This morning a Maryland area code sent a "voicemail" message to my phone's text.

Craigslist: you have two voicemails. Acces these here: [I'm withholding the link]

The original text was too hinky to interact with. I typed it above, exactly. "Access" was misspelled. The link address was obviously not anything associated with CL. Textmail has long been a tool of choice for internet tools because it hides the actual account. There's no reason to believe that a textmail message with a MD area code is even from the continent.

I backtraced the originating phone number to a "textmail" account in Maryland. There's no legitimate reason why someone in MD would be contacting me about any of the $20 items I have for sale on CL.

I went to a "burn" phone and clicked the link. The link goes to a page asking me to download an app to hear the voicemail. I did not do that. It's silly to text a message about a voicemail message, silly to not just text the message, and silly to not just call if you want to chat me up about the light table or baseball mitt I've listed in the NW Washington CL. But why would you want to do any of this? Don't they have mitts in MD?

The page itself was pretty disturbing -- no statement of the app source, just several places to click to download it. It had the CL logo in the corner, which I should be able to press to get to CL "HOME" page. It sends me to one of the app download buttons, and makes the button large. At the bottom of the page are the standard "TERMS" "PRIVACY" "HELP" "ABOUT" tabs. They all send me to that download button.

So avoid this one and save yourself whatever grief happens when a scammer succeeds in putting an app on your phone.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:34 PM   #2
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This is an old trap.....good that you brought it up. Users beware.
"If is seems untrue and odd, it usually is"

The bozo's are trying to work around the crackdown on scam phone messages.

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Old 09-11-2019, 01:53 PM   #3
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There is another scam, at least down here. My wife and some of her friends got a phone call, supposedly from the social security administration, telling her that her SSN was suspended and asking for info. She is way too gullible. Anyway I told her to ignore it and call the SS office when they open. It, no surprise, is a scam. Government agencies do not give you a phone call they snail mail you.
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