Craigslist scammers. Fucking scammers.
It used to be pretty easy to tell if it was a scammer - they'd come right out and ask if you would ship it to their brother or sister in Africa working with the Red Cross.
Then they changed a little. They would send an email and ask if you still have something because they're interested. Of course you're going to reply b/c it could be totally legit. You never know. Well, OK there are some ways to tell, but anyway. You get a reply back asking if they'll ship it to their brother studying in South Africa or some shit like that. Oh, your brother? He's studying in Africa somewhere? Good for him. No, he can't have my stuff and I won't ship it to him. Piss off.
One the best ways to tell it's a scam in either situation is that they want to pay via Paypal (and even give you a helpful link if you want to sign up - that part is legit though, not a phishing link) and offer you some ridiculously high amount to ship the item on top of the price you're paying. This is even if you specify in big bold letters - NO SHIPPING.
Anyway... funny situation today, got the same "i'm interested" kind of email this morning about Jen's ring that we put on Craigslist. I replied, of course. But this time... "Tamera" just wants to pay me an extra $60 to ship it to Chicago. Just a random number there huh?
I jokingly replied on how they're getting better with their locations and it's not a "sister in africa" this time. Then I noticed something else: "Tamera" has two emails.
The first came from firstname.lastname@example.org (quite shady actually - zero results in Google - that's a sign). Her second email: email@example.com. No wonder "Tamera" wanted to use a different email address the first time - this one turns up a TON of hits for scamming people on CL. Fail.
I wonder how many things I can sign Tamera up for today...