Monday, August 29, 2011

I Won a MacBook Pro!

Uh, not really, but I did receive the following email from the "CEO" of Craigslist, Jim Carre:


Attention Recovered Wingback Chair,

My name is Jim, Chief executive officer of Craigslist. We have recently partnered up with The apple company regarding a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away complimentary MacBook Pro to randomly selected people who have submitted an advert that use Cl. You've been selected as one of our most recent winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with ads on C-list and your advertisement matched with our latest drawing.

We have now joined up with Apple to market their most popular product yet, the Apple MacBook Pro. Once again, we have been operating this promotion for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to check out our website created for this promotion and type in your email to get yours for free. Just be sure to enter your email so we may locate our records to ensure that we have reserved one for you. That is it!

Congrats on winning a free Apple MacBook Pro (valued at $2,499.00). In case you've got any query or considerations, feel free to email me back. However, you need to claim your free MacBook Pro first to make certain one will be set-aside for you prior to the deadline ends. We do understand that you may not receive this e-mail until after the deadline, however, we suggest you check out the website and enter your email to see if we still have got yours on hold, which we often-times do because others haven't claimed theirs in time.

Jim

CEO, Craigslist



Well, this email had me going for about a second. I must be getting sloppy in spotting these scams. When I moused over the "CLICK HERE", I could see the link's address in the bottom of my browser window, and for a minute it looked like the official apple website. But it was apple-promo.org not apple.com. Also, a quick google search reveals that the actual CEO of Craigslist is Jim Buckmaster and not Jim Carre, as it said in the from portion of the email. And of course I found it very strange that the CEO of Craigslist would use a hotmail account. The email was from takakorrhv@hotmail.com. Nice try asshole! Obviously this is just another phishing scam. You can read more about it here:


http://www.fightthescams.com/2011/04/24/ceo-of-craigslist-scam/.


It always surprises me how stupid these scammers must think people are. A little research by this guy on the actual name of the CEO of Craigslist, and a more legitimate sounding email address might have made the difference here.

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