How To Avoid Craigslist Casual Encounters Scams

This is my second post on gaming Craigslist dating. The first post is where I impersonated a chick on craigslist casual encounters.

There are a lot of spammers and scammers working madmoose  the W4M and Casual Encounters sections of Craigslist. I’ve been replying to ads in these sections for a couple of weeks now and I can confirm that it’s majorly shady. I want to share what I’ve found so you can avoid getting scammed.

Before I get into that, I should state now that I’ve had ZERO positive results working these ads so far; no dates, no NSA sex, no dirty hookups, nothing. I hear from my sources that legit women are harder and harder to find on CL than they were a couple of years ago, but it’s still possible to score. I’ll keep trying and report my results.

Watch out for Bullshit Ads

If you scan ANY Casual Encounters section, you’ll find tons of ads, and  Pandora Bracelets Canada almost all of them lead to a spammer or a scammer. These are easy to spot and if you spend 10′ clicking through ads you’ll get used to identifying them. For the most part, the ads will be poorly written with shitty headlines. Here’s a good example:

I underlined two big giveaways. Who misspells the word lonely? Also, no Orlando resident would ever misspell Altamonte in their headline. It just doesn’t happen. Besides those red flags, the body text is laughably bad.

If you reply to these ads, which I did plenty of times using a bogus Hotmail account, your Junk mail folder will fill up rapidly with tons of pharma spam and paid porn sites. I highly recommend using a secondary Hotmail or Gmail account if you plan on experimenting.

Identifying Real People

You will occasionally come across real women posting in W4M and Casual Encounters. These are also easy to spot because they contain either a well written, substantial body text and/or a picture. I corresponded with one real chick who had an awesome, descriptive ad and another who I believe was real but I couldn’t ever get her to exchange pics. Guys, note here that the legit gals will receive 100+ replies to their ads within a couple of hours, so it’s a crazy competitive market. You might be better off spending your time on or the local meat market.

To make matters worse, most of the legit ads are from BBW and HWP women…you can tell these because they post their pictures and state it right off the bat. So, if you’re expecting to meet that perfect 10 who is down for discreet, NSA sex, the odds are against you. That fantasy is incredibly hard to come by on CL these days.

Check out this crazy ad for a sex roommate from a BBW married mother…sounds real but who would want to mess with this?? Note the date and weather qualifier, which is actually legit.

Most Sinister: Bots

Here’s what I thought was ingenius and sinister. Some fake ads are well written enough that I was compelled to respond. I responded and then received a reply that was also well written and seemed in context. From there you get caught in an email exchange with someone/something that at first blush sounds legit, but actually leads you to a payment scam website. The tipping point will say something about going to her picture or verification site, where you have to make a payment to access more information about her, for her safety of course. Here’s an example (click to enlarge):

Guys, don’t fall for this trap! The site is completely bogus and is designed to illicit a payment from you. Here’s the actual site with a screenshot:

The most sinister part of the whole process is that it’s completely AUTOMATED on the scammers end, aka a Bot. Read about CL Bot software here.  You’ll send an email and a program will continuously send you replies of different variations, trying to get you to hit the site and make the payment. Expect 3-4 responses even if you’ve told the person to bugger off. Imagine how duped I felt after writing a long winded email about myself and it wasn’t even going to a real person.

Tread carefully and never pull out your credit card.

Final Thoughts

Craigslist is a rough game. I do think it’s possible to meet real people on CL and I’ve got a couple of strategies I’m going to try. It is fast, easy, and entertaining, but you have to be extra careful. So far I’ve found game to be infinitely easier.

What’s a shame is that 3-4 years ago CL Casual Encounters used to be a total party, with real ads from real people meeting for NSA sex and alternative relationships. You could basically get anything you wanted with just a little game. That marketplace has disappeared from CL after the scammers and spammers moved in. The party is now spread to other corners of the Internet and wherever it is, I’m going to find it.



  • Don Christian

    most of them are scammers, peddling there Adult sites, Some are hookers trying to avoid getting arrested! now as far as the pictures with a paper with your name on it, that is real but they are hookers or girls trying to get you on their adult websites to pay.
    you will never meet that girl..
    Hey if you want to get on a site to get sex, go to or you pay every month like a personal but it’s for people looking to hook up.
    most of them are real because they have to pay as well.
    Don’t go to craigslist, ever, let me tell you a story of some one in my city that went to craigslist to hook up with a girl for cheap sex.
    Some woman posted an add, looking to meet a guy no strings attached.
    the guy replied to her and she responded, they setup a time and place to meet and they did, they went to a motel for sex. they had sex for hours, then they went to sleep. The guy woke up, no and the woman was gone, he stood up in bed then saw something on the mirror of the dresser, it was something written in lipstick, he took looked at it and it said on the mirror “I HAVE AIDS ENJOY!!!”
    turns out this woman has stuck 4 other guys before him, this was a woman who had a relationship with a guy and he cheated on her and gave her AIDS, she went crazy and had a resentment for men and decided to kill as many men by giving them AIDS as possible.
    This was a disturbed woman and was caught about 3 months later..
    Turns out she successfully gave 11 men AIDS before she was caught…
    BEWARE, don’t be stupid!!!!! stay away from craigslist, it’s filled with CRAZY people!!!

  • diddilus just ran into this one that is pretty obviously fake as well. The crazy thing is it didn’t even come up in a Google search.

  • Mark

    When any adult site puts this at the bottom or anywhere else on the front page, thats a huge red flag and has a ton of fake profiles. “Persons appearing in photographs may not be actual members. Other data for illustrative purposes only.”

  • RealG to the OG

    he looked up your phone # in facebook

  • George Kassabian

    Thank you all for your inputs; then how come things are so easy and bright & sunny on Tinder, while CL is IMPOSSIBLE ?

  • George Kassabian

    is it true that Tinder swipe it to the right and you are in bed with a pretty sexy woman and Tinder swipe it to the left and you bed a non pretty gal ? SO LEFT OR RIGHT OR WRONG YOU ARE IN BED BED BED ? LIFE MUST BE A BALL AT TINDER WHILE IT SUCKS AT CL ?

  • Clint Wirth

    start your ad with Id say 90% of “people” on Craigslist are bots. Bot don’t really read
    email, they are just programmed to automatically reply and lure the
    sender to a dating/sex site, usually via another email address because it skirts around the anonymity.
    so, i’ve got one question before i go any farther…………….what
    was Hoss’s real name on Bonanza or who was our 16th president or any variation

  • bobby dextro

    you guys are fucking ridiculous!
    she’s asking a fucking question and all your responses are the same: horny, hungry, thirsty dogs. You dont even attempt to be helpful.
    why the fuck should she respond to someone with no stats, pictures, nothing? she doesnt know your age, race, body size, and yet you expect her to e-mail you looking for sex?
    she’s asking a legitimate and honest question and all you (presumably) old geezers are just responding with your email address. You wont get that lucky…try an actual hook-up site! not a fucking news website.
    I post on craigslist myself and even I wont appear that desperate, sad and despicable.
    The worst part is, is that this was posted THREE years ago and yet we have dumbasses posting as recent as a few months ago! You really think you have a chance at a response? Nor do you even have ANY CLUE at what state she lives in?
    If you’re that desperate and unwanted to have to FLY to another state to even get pussy, you can assume she wouldn’t want you either. Not even imagining the possibility she lives in another English-speaking country..
    God, I felt stupid posting in CL for a hook-up, but you unwanted fucks make me feel fucking gross for it. Are you that desperate? Are you that unwanted by the whole female “race” that you must desperately post to random women in random locations, replying to a QUESTION with your E-MAIL? If she was looking for sex by any of you on this site she would have mentioned it..
    man you guys are pathetic.

  • Siren

    What. Happens is this. The few man who hape. To lnow wich add os real flaged you to minimise the number of man contacting you and increasing their chances to score