Local-classified-survey.com Complaint - Phishing Site-Beware!

Review by 9298812 on 2011-04-02
None of us are perfect typists; this applies especially to me! While attempting to visit Craig's List, I entered the following address in error: www.craingslist.com, and was taken to what was designed to resemble a survey from the real Craig's List. The survey was intentionally designed to mislead potential victims, and promised entry into a contest to Win an expensive gift. The survey itself is ridiculously short and simple, and at the end, users are directed to enter email and cell phone. After submitting, they are asked to confirm the phone number.

The site "local-classified-survey.com" is only a gateway; it secretly redirects personal information to an advertising agency, but this is only apparent if visitors click the tiny, grayed-out "policy" button at the very bottom of the page. This indicates the following:

All personal information will be shared with companies.

If you opt-out of the service after agreeing, personal information will still be available to advertisers.

You will be charged $9.99 a month for this service.

This site reminds us that:

there are many of use who type too fast!

Many scammers realize and take advantage of that.

There is never "something-for-nothing"

Personal information is worth a fortune to scammers.

Never give any personal information, including your cell phone number, to anyone online without a thorough investigation.

Remember that a cell phone number is a direct line to your pocket book.
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-04-02
Posted by Skye on 2011-04-02:
Avoid answering Craigslist ad's. Mobody is going to give you a free HDTV for just completing a survey. They are all phishing scams for email addresses. You know the old saying:

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is".

People are always complaining in the Rants and Raves section of Craigslist, regarding how the job ad's amd other ad's are always fake, just trying to harvest emails. Same as the free laptop offers, nothing is free.

Thanks for warning others.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-02:
I think CL needs to do more to combat Spammers that site is spam central. anytime I post something 99 percent of the replies I get are spam. I stopped posting on there cause of that
Posted by raven2010 on 2011-04-02:
A friend of mine owns quite a few domain names that are common misspellings of HUGE websites

He makes a handsome amount of coin from the sheer volume of people who fat finger their keyboard and land on one of his sites.

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