View Full Version : SPAM from Classifieds?

06-16-2004, 01:17 PM
I have several ads in the Classifieds section of Cosplay.com and this morning I received two spam e-mails.

Subject: A message about your ad on Cosplay.com

Tel:00225 07 41 24 61.
Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire

My Dear,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business
venture which I and my Son Mack,intend to establish in your country.

Though I have not meet with you before but I believe,
one has to risk confidence to succeed sometimes in

There is this huge amount of Eigtheen million
U.S dollars($18,000,000.00) which my late Husband
kept for us in a security company here in Abidjan, (Cote D'Ivoire) before
he was assasinated by his body guard.Now I and my son Mack decided to
invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa
for security and political reasons.We want you to help us claim and
retrieve these fund from the security company here and transfer it into
your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these

1). Telecommunication
2). the transport industry
3). Five star hotel

If you can be of an assistance to us we will
be pleased to offer to you 10% Of the total fund.


I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs. Marilo Kabila

Unfortunately, I can't tell if this e-mail was really sent through the Classifieds or not but I thought you may want to know about it.

06-16-2004, 01:24 PM
Aznaphrodite is not the only one this has happened to. I have also received a spam email, with the same exact email subject title. It's weird... because I didn't give out my email address in the classified ad either, nor do I allow members to email me (only PM). o_O

06-16-2004, 01:29 PM
I too received a pair of these messages and my email address isn't available in the ad, either.


06-16-2004, 03:25 PM
Sounds like someone went through manually and sent the emails.

Can a couple of you forward these emails to me at admin@cosplay.com so I can look at the headers? Please forward the entire email as an attachment.

I'm going to upgrade the Classifieds script today and see about either encrypting the email part or changing it so it contacts you via your private messages instead.

Luna Selene
06-16-2004, 03:51 PM
I'd just like to update here that I've recieved three of these e-mails too. If you need another one forwarded, please let me know and I'll be happy to do so.

06-16-2004, 03:56 PM
Did all of these occur at the same time? Or has this been going on intermittently and for a while?

Luna Selene
06-16-2004, 03:58 PM
I saved one of them, and it came June 16th, at 12:31 PM central time. I recieved all three e-mails in a row, so I'm assuming they were sent right after the other, since that's how I recieved them. I remember all of them having the same date.

None of the content has changed, for my e-mail looks like the one aznaprodite recieved.

I guess spam bots have found the cosplay classifieds...

06-16-2004, 04:43 PM
i received three in a row.
june 16th , 1:45, 1:45 and 1:53

06-16-2004, 04:52 PM
ok, it's sounding to me like someone went in manually today and pasted the email into the seller contact form, sending to each person. Usually people like that move on after they've hit a website, so I don't think we'll have any more problems with it.

If it happens again please let me know.