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Jun. 2nd, 2008

12:20 pm - Fling.com: craigslist spammers

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Crap. I got hoodwinked by a Craigslist spammer.

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http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/w4m/703567628.html

Pay a toll for the next car

Ok then. I’m 29 no kids I do have three babies though. Kitties actually, and I’m dog sitting a terrier. I really enjoy being amused and I have a tendency of being entertaining without trying. Mostly because I’m so cheezy. Most people I’ve known describe me as sweet and clever. I enjoy cooking and doing crafts and I love playing paintball and videogames, and boardgames too I suppose. I really love to go stargazing which is easy on me since I’m such a night owl.I’m not sure who I’m looking for. I love getting to know all kinds of people. I think I’d like to find someone interested in being involved in a long term happily ever after sort of thing though. No pressure though.

Basically this is me and if you like what you’ve read drop me a line.

——————————- My response

Hi Tallchic,

Ooh, paintball. I’ve only been once, but it was a blast. It’s unusual to encounter a woman who likes to do it — it seems to be mostly a guy thing in my experience. Where do you like to play?

I’m also a night owl. If allowed to sleep whenever I want, I tend to stay up later and later until my sleep schedule is entirely inverted. What hours do you like to sleep?

You can read about me here:

http://www.okcupid.com/profile/crasch4

Pictures of me are here:

http://www.okcupid.com/profile/crasch4/pictures

If you like what you see, perhaps we can meet for coffee sometime? If we hit off, maybe we can go stargazing sometime?

Chris

——————————- “Her” response

Hey Christopher Rasch I got your email from my ad I posted!

What was it in my ad that interests you? Did you like my pic I posted on there? I know I talked about some stuff in my ad but what do YOU actually do for fun and whats your ideal date or would your ideal date be like?

If you tried to send me a photo I didn’t get it, my email won’t let me download attachemnts for some reason. It’s probably my email messing up. Stupid email it can be a problem sometimes. I think it’s probably cuz computers HATE me but I try my best.

I do most of my ‘correspondence’ on my blog cuz it’s not blocked at work, plus it’s like myspace but without the 14 year old kids lol.. My work has some internet thing where they are able to block some sites.

My blog/profile is where you’ll find my bio/stuff about me etc plus I keep a mini photo journal of life. On my profile I have a couple more pics of myself that you can look at on my journal so… You should check it out, you might have to sign up to view profiles, I think so but its free anyway. You can view my profile by clicking here or cut and pasting the link
http://www.islovedbybritney.com/mypics/ you can search for me, I’m britney4306 once you’re there.

Britney Barnes (my real name, was too scared to use it on craigslist)

P.S. I hope you don’t mind but I was feeling a bit frisky so I included a pic I took today! I’m so excited!
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Please note that this is a reply to your intial email and if you don’t want to hear from me again just say so, cuz I’m a good girl sugar!

Original: craschworks - comments

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From:vyus
Date:June 2nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
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if only more real women (or at least interesting ones) were like that.

"i feel frisky! let's send a racy photo!" course, if a guy did that, wow, creepy.

i once got pinged on yahoo personals by some nigerian scammer. "she" pinged me, did the unsolicited IM thing, and forwarded a bunch of model photos. it was pretty easy to figure the scam out early on, but i had the IM traced just so i could confirm "yep, Nigeria!"

i was heartbroken for at least three seconds.
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From:crasch
Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Someone should make a short film entitled "If spam were true." Everyone would be walking around with 3 ft penises.
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From:pentomino
Date:June 2nd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Is that connected to fling.com or something?

I recognize the site name because they advertise on 4chan, with their full-page ads.

One such site included sample profiles of "lonely housewives" in my city, which they figured out is Tempe this time, though often they guess Litchfield Park. One of them, however, listed her hobbies as "going to the beach". Yeah, most of the US is landlocked, especially the parts with bored people in them.
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From:crasch
Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, fling.com posted the ad. "Her" profile is on their site.
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From:crasch
Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, thanks, free internet security! I could use that.
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From:crasch
Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Also

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Hah! Wow, google's fast.
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From:madbard
Date:June 2nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I suspect these people hijack actual personals ads, so don't feel too bad.
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From:crasch
Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Ah, interesting. I wondered how they could afford to pay someone to write so many convincing ads.

Edited at 2008-06-02 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From:candid
Date:June 2nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
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That was my thoughts, too.
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From:altamira16
Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Ok. First, girls do not use the internet. Assume everyone that you are dealing with on the internet is a man. Second, girls do not like gaming or shooting. kindofstrange, kitiara and perfection1144 do not really exist.
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Date:June 2nd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Date:June 2nd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From:pasquin
Date:June 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
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On NPR I heard of this chick who so abused craigslist, that Craig got into the act and allowed ads warning about her.

How did she con so many people? She was cute, young, and very damsel-in-distress.

You're not the first to get spammed, but perhaps you are the first brave enough to admit same.
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From:crasch
Date:June 3rd, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm a sucker for cute, young damsels. Distress-optional.
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