Skip to comments.Someone just hacked my craigslist account
Posted on 02/07/2011 8:26:40 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Someone JUST hacked my craigslist account. I don't have a clue as to how they did it, but they posted four ads in the Westchester, NY area using my craigslist e-mail. Beats my four aces as to how they did it. I've deleted the cell phone ads, changed my password AND changed the receiving e-mail on the account. Does anyone have ANY idea as to how they hacked my craigslist account? Or, has craigslist suffered a major identity theft from its database?
Is it possible that your computer may have a virus?
Have you used an un-secured wireless connection anywhere (i.e. with a laptop)?
If any of your info was stored, it’s pretty easy for them to hijack any of your accounts.
Somebody posted my phone number on there once on the W4M boards. What made it worse was I spent the day at work ignoring all those calls.
I’m thinking maybe you might need to scan your computer for trojans, and I would go to anyplace you have an account and change everysingle password. And make it hard to guess, anything simple like “password” or 1234 is easy to crack.
I just Googled: how to hijack a craigslist account
It brings up quite a few links. Just be careful what you click.
Why in the world would any rational human have a CL account?
I have sold many of my extra sports & concert tickets there. I have also gotten rid of a lot of usless stuff from my garage. And the best part is that they have to come and pick it up!
Make sure that your computer is not set up to automatically connect to any wireless networks within your range. Otherwise, your computer could automatically connect to the
hackers network without your knowledge.
Turn off file sharing when you are on the road to prevent hackers from stealing sensitive data from your
Create a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN establishes a private network across the public network
which prevents a hacker from intercepting your data.
I googled the above. Craigs list is known for many criminal acts—scary place to do business.
>>I have sold many of my extra sports & concert tickets there. I have also gotten rid of a lot of usless stuff from my garage. And the best part is that they have to come and pick it up!<<
I thought that was what cousins and uncles were for!
The last thing I want is a bunch of flakes coming to my house to pick up “bargains”, meanwhile checking everything out.
Based on their history w/r/t ethical business practices, I wouldn’t trust craigslist with anything more sensitive than a grocery list.
And every time I’ve looked at their listings I’ve seen nothing but vastly overpriced crap.
I made it a point to never answer any call that is not on my database and let it go to messaging. Usually, you just google the number and you get info on it.
Just contact CraigsList............(I’m not sure why you posted here for support of CL).........
Spammers will send out an email that looks like it’s from Craigslist to you telling you verify your account info. Looks real, I nearly fell for it.
If you logged onto your Craigslist account over a public wifi network, someone running Firesheep ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firesheep ) might have hijacked your logon.
I once received email for some other person for months... how we had the same computer or internet# address we never figured it out ... I called him and just forwarded the wayward messages to his other address (our actual email address’s weren’t even similar) we had good laugh, great conversations and even had similar experiences .. we both had homing Pigeons show up at our houses and they thought they were “Home” as well, and neither of us even raised Pigeons. sidebar (Back in the Day you could actually “Mail” a pigeon back home)
You may have a password stealer installed on your computer. Change the paswords using a DIFFERENT computer and then do a virus and malware scan on your computer.
I get more help and information here than I have from anyone else ever. Just wondering how they did it? I have an idea and may post what is going on later. All I know is people are pretty bad.
One ad shows the home page to be: www.saleably.com
Also says, "Talk on MSN: firstname.lastname@example.org"
Also says, "E-mail to: email@example.com"
Another ad has the number 661-247-5033 to which to text and it is in California. The ads were all posted in NY. This is all so strange.
Biggest question of all, why didn't they change the e-mail on the account to their e-mail so it wouldn't notify me when someone responded?
To be safe, you should probably closely monitor any bank accounts and credit cards. Good luck with this and I hope you clear it up fast.
You got off easy. Someone put an ad in M4M and left my parents phone number.
Cool. I agree with you on the assistance that can come forth here on FR. I hope you figure out what happened.
Noticed first...site is Chinese from the looks of all the sales models, then I read the location and phone number listed which then was obvious it was based in China and has a “live chat” box which responds “in how can I help you”. Has a feedback revolving box as well. That “address part” seems pasted on to the whole design of the add—looks unprofessionally done.
Phone number I did reverse like you did.
Which you can pay to find the owner of that number..for .99 Intelius, Inc.
But as you said..you are still contacted but then they can still get business in the time you take to fix the hack job.
I am sure you contacted Craig's list—what did they say as in eBay there is a link for immediate response when you have something sent to your e-mail pretending to be eBay or a fake “seller”.
..and maybe they are not that good at “hacking”..and someone is playing with you just because they can ? Now we look at who “would want to do you wrong”. [kidding] ;)
Notice they have PayPal at the bottom—so PayPal might like to know your story . They are good on security.
Found this site: http://clscambuster.blogspot.com/
I had a friend who had his email [msn] hijacked by a company out of Canada selling prescription drugs-Viagra. He had a hotmail address so I would open it—thought why is he sending me this stuff—3 times went by and asked! See at the CC line was a list of people I knew to be parents and friends so
I thought it legit to open. He somehow got it taken care of. I was the only one who eventually said something after 3 months of getting one each month. No one purchased anything from this company. They stopped coming.
It was ridiculous—one would have to be really dumb to think you could get something of that value for nothing.
Ebay said I should not have followed him down like I did as not safe responding back and forth on eBay..but was playing with it..he was all excited waiting for my CC# lol. THEN gave it to eBay! No one should give out that information ..the scam is as old as the Internet..but people still worry they will lose an acct etc..or get money for doing nothing.
AT&T uses your social security number for identification if you have questions on your acct or service. Social security does not like that..if fact you do not have to give it up and can make them use a pin you decide on. They had flagged my account a year ago little known to me or anyone esle at AT&T "billing" etc til I had an issue with my iPhone and checked their computer for my account and would not take a passport, my drivers license, my real estate tax papers just happened to have with me.. but needed my actual social security card--to prove I was me. I asked for some consideration in purchases etc for the inconvenience and they issued me that.
someone did the same to me too.
Stop using craigs list account. First Craigslist gathers that information for Uncle Sam. You can just post without an account.
Thanks. That was a long time ago.
Craigslist is interesting.
It used to be like the classifieds
You put something up there and you delete it when done
Then a few years ago they changed and everything you ever placed out on your craigslist account was put up there, it had never been fully deleted, going back years.
And everything that is done on the accounts is kept, everything. Totally trackable for eternity.
So one asks, why? Why does this company keep 8 year old information on me selling a kiddie pool? What is this information for?
Like FB and Google, the business model of Craigslist does not support the amount of monies and profits made, so the obvious answer is that it is another government information vacuum.
Think about it.
The tech Freepers here are second to none and funny to boot. I love them.