- Be safe when selling goods or shopping
- How Contacting Someone on Craigslist Works
- How to Connect with Someone on Craigslist
- What gets sent when you email someone on Craigslist?
- Protect your privacy
- Other safety tips
Be safe when selling goods or shopping
When you use Craigslist to sell or buy something, you communicate by sending an email to the other person in a transaction. But to protect the privacy of buyers and sellers, Craigslist hides email addresses. Even with this security system in mind, you may want to take extra precautions when responding to emails from the service.
How Contacting Someone on Craigslist Works
Craigslist provides an “email” email address that redirects to the recipient’s actual email address. Only Craigslist knows the real email addresses of both parties. So if one of those involved turns out to be untrustworthy, they don’t have the other’s email address. When you buy or sell items on Craigslist, you communicate through the website using this two-way email transfer.
How to Connect with Someone on Craigslist
When you reply to a message (that is, someone has something for sale that you want to buy), you’ll see an address that looks like this: email@example.com † Craigslist gives you the option to copy and paste this email address into an email application that you open yourself, OR you can simply click on one of the links to easily access your email account.
What gets sent when you email someone on Craigslist?
When you receive an ad response email, you’ll see an address that looks like this: firstname.lastname@example.org † Although you are using a normal e-mail program as usual, such e-mail addresses hide the actual e-mail address of the sender (for example email@example.com †
Always use the Craigslist proxy email address when posting ads. Also, use only your name in the Contact Name field.
Protect your privacy
Please note that when communicating via a proxy email address, your real name will still be displayed, along with signature details such as your company name, phone number, etc. If you are concerned about your privacy, consider the option of using a alternate email address to use, such as a Gmail address that you use only for purchases.
Other safety tips
One of the reasons Craigslist uses an email system is to prevent fraud and the dissemination of your personal information. But it can only do so much. Do your part by remembering to click on links in every email you receive unless you trust the sender. Keep in mind that emails can be modified to look like they are from a specific sender (like Craigslist). When in doubt, always contact the sender first to confirm the validity.
In addition, after contacting the buyer or seller, you can exchange mobile numbers so that you can send text messages to facilitate the transaction. While the vast majority of Craigslist users are trustworthy, you should follow your instincts as to whether or not you want to offer this information. Also, remember to practice personal safety practices, such as meeting in a neutral, public place like a coffee shop or a supermarket parking lot.