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The vast majority of these phishing messages originate from over-the-top carriers (OTT) or Vo IP carriers.OTT carriers have become very popular with spammers in recent years – the majority of all spam blocked by us last month came from OTT carriers using SMS services.The first screenshot shows the real login page and the image to the right shows a fake Craigslist login page, you’ll notice that there is little difference between the two.The only notable differences are the URLs, the word Craigslist in place of the official CL logo, a menu icon on the fake page which is not on the real page and the use of a secure connection ( "https" indicated by the little green padlock in the browser bar).
To give an example of the scale - last month we blocked several hundred thousand Craigslist related messages.
When it was founded it provided the Internet with a much needed platform for advertising, selling and exchanging goods, and its emphasis on functionality over design made it the success story it is today. However, for many of the same reasons Craigslist is popular with the wider public, it is also very popular with scammers and fraudsters (any regular user of Craigslist will attest to this).
Anywhere that people congregate, whether in the real world or online, is a haven for the malicious intent of such individuals and organisations.
Masquerading as the victims of their phishing, one of their favourite methods is to arrange payment for an item through Pay Pal, sometimes sending fake Pay Pal payment confirmation emails for listings or other times sending links to Pay Pal phishing sites.
These phished login credentials could also give scammers access to other accounts belonging to the user.
One can understand how someone might fall for this as these small irregularities can be easily overlooked.