No, The Craigslist CEO Is Not Sending You A Free iPad

A. is selling a washer/dryer on Craigslist, and received an amazing e-mail from the CEO himself. They’re doing a drawing to choose random users to send free iPads to–no strings attached! Well, except that you have to complete a bunch of affiliate offers to get the “free” iPad. And for some reason the CEO of Craigslist uses a Hotmail address. And has changed his name from Jim Buckmaster to Herman Fischer.

Hmm. Maybe something is wrong here.

This is the e-mail that A. received.

Attention C-list User,

My name is Herman Fischer, Chief executive officer of Craigslist. We have recently joined up with Apple company for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away no cost Apple iPads to randomly selected individuals who have posted an advert on Cl. You have been selected as one of our newest winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with ads on Cl and your ad matched with our latest drawing.

We have partnered up with Apple to advertise their hottest product yet, the Apple iPad. Once again, we are operating this campaign for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE [scammy URL redacted] to visit our site made for this promotion and type in your email to obtain yours for free. Just make sure you enter your email so we may locate our records to ensure that we have reserved one for you. That is it!

Congrats on winning a free Apple iPad (valued at $800). If you have any question or concerns, feel free to email me back. However, you need to claim your free iPad 1st to ensure one will be reserved for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may possibly not receive this email until after the deadline, but, we suggest you check the site and enter your email to see if we still have yours on hold, which we often-times do because others have not claimed theirs in time.

Herman Fischer
CEO, Craig’s list

I hate to give useful advice to scammers, but if you’re going to impersonate a CEO and spam people, take fifteen seconds to throw the words Craigslist CEO into Google and see what comes up.

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  1. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    Synopsis:

    Phishers can’t be arsed to do their homework.

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      Oh haha, that’s funny:

      I just made the connection to the nom de guerre: ‘Herman Fischer’. Now this just seems too silly to be a serious phishing attempt.

      • AstroPig7 says:

        Herman Fisher was the co-founder of Fisher-Price, so maybe that’s what they were going for. Then again, he also died in 1975, but that hasn’t stopped phishers before.

  2. NeverLetMeDown says:

    Well, I suppose it’s possible that one of the cofounders of Fisher-Price decided to return to his roots and change his name back to Fischer from Fisher, and then got the CEO job at Craigslist. Of course, he would have had to come back from the grave to do so, but hey, once you’ve done that, pushing Buckmaster aside would seem like child’s play.

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      But then he’d change his name back to Buckminster and sick his advanced carbon molecules on you.

      Hey, by phisher’s standards, the above statement made perfect sense.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      BRAIIIIINS

  3. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    But. But. But. He said he would! Are you telling me he’s LYING?!

  4. davidsco says:

    Yea, I’ve been getting this same crap too. It’s pretty much what the site has turned into. Good thing Craigslist is doing much to stop spam on it’s site. Sellers have to jump through hoops, responders are free to scam. Sounds like the TSA

    • AstroPig7 says:

      My wife has had nothing but scammers and idiots reply to her recent craigslist posts. I think they come out in force around the holidays.

    • Grungo says:

      I dunno, I’ve had almost universally good experiences selling on CL (tickets, furniture, cheap electronics). Maybe it depends on what item you’re listing and how long it’s up there.

  5. WestVillager says:

    It had me at ‘advert’.

  6. Superdemon says:

    Sounds legit to me.

  7. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    That offer sounds legit — there’s no mention of Western Union or anyone’s barrister.

  8. RandomHookup says:

    Why not just have it come from Craig himself?

  9. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Honestly, if my name was Herman Fischer, there is no reason I wouldn’t change it to Jim Buckmaster.

    Nobody snuggles with Jim Buckmaster. You strap yourself in and feel the “G”s! There’s three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, and the Jim Buckmaster way! Jim Buckmaster doesn’t abbreviate. Each letter is as important as the one that preceded it. Maybe more important! No, as important.

  10. Blueskylaw says:

    I recently completed a “brief two question survey” and then the pop-up said that for helping them I would get a free iPad. Well, after putting in a fake name, address and e-mail address I
    found myself in a never ending maze of offers, credit card pitches and other assorted detritus.
    I don’t know how far I would have to go to get to the end of the rainbow because I spent so much time clicking through the offers. I finally just closed the window to get rid of it but I feel sorry for the people who put their real names and addresses in because now they will be spammed and scammed in perpetuity.

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      The funny thing is that, they’d probably make a helluvalot more money by simply cutting it off there and giving you the ‘address form for where you’d like us to ship your iPhone/iPad/iHerring/etc’ and then selling THAT information to 3rd party advertisers.

      Just a scary thought.

  11. TandJ says:

    I have seen so many of the scams where you must sign up for X number of affiliate programs to get the “FREE” item.

    My question is: What kind of honest companies contract with these scamsters to promote for them? It would seem that people would then avoid doing business with companies that associate themselves with scamsters.

    Would email blitzes to the advertiser’s CEO help them understand that they dirty themselves by hiring scamsters to promote for them?

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      See, that’s just the problem. By emailing the CEOs and complaining, you’re acknowledging that these scam-bombs exist, thus proving that the advertising works.

      It’s very Catch-22.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      I have a feeling that Apple is not directly involved with this promotion. This is likely someone who bought some iPads to distribute in the scammiest way possible.

  12. AustinTXProgrammer says:

    Even if you pas over every other error and sign, it should be obvious Apple doesn’t need to give away iPads to generate interest.

  13. oldwiz65 says:

    People are still easily hooked by greed. “There is no such thing as a free lunch” seems to be forgotten these days. It’s still basically the same as the Nigerian scams – people want something and believe it’s free.

  14. Razor512 says:

    The sad thing is they don’t need to do their homework, You wouldn’t believe how many people fall for the Nigerian 419 scams.

    It is amazing how many people believe that the prince of Nigeria needs their help in transferring a large sum of money and is willing to pay them most of it in return for their help.

  15. Willow01 says:

    I’m just waiting on my 20 mil from the Crowned Prince of Nigeria….screw the iPad

  16. 24gotham says:

    Really simple…. If it sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is too good to be true… Especially if it is coming from unsolicited sources on the Internet.

    I have zero sympathy for the clueless wonders that respond to these come-ons. The sad fact is that there are just enough gullible stupid and/or greedy people out there that click on the links to keep them coming.

  17. jaredbares says:

    I have an ad up on craigslist to get rid of an old dishwasher and got an e-mail this morning from the same Herman Fischer with the amazingly eloquent following text:

    “whats up yo.u presently there still?”

    • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

      Just saw your comment after I posted below about a similar email from old Hermy. Weird they keep putting a period in the middle of a word like that.

    • PBallRaven says:

      They’re trying to get you to reply so they can get your email address for other spam.

      Craigslist really needs an option available for all sellers, that the ad can only be replied to from a person with a craigslist account that has been phone # verified. Check that box off and then if you get spam from that account, report it and with enough reports that account gets deleted.

  18. Hooray4Zoidberg says:

    Hey I actually got an email from Herman Fischer about a fridge a posted the other day. Look immediately fishy (or phishy hehe) so I never replied. Plus the name itself looked fake as hell.

    The email just said and I quote :
    “answer back if you ar.e real ” (sic)

    Because yeah that’s what I’d expect someone trying to buy a cheap fridge would ask.

  19. italianbaby says:

    all these scammers use the word “ADVERT” that’s a big tip off it’s a scam, that this is coming from another country. “caveat emptor”

  20. AlmostFreeToday says:

    “Herman” is up to new tricks (this time, with the email address of “DianaKannan6633″). He/She ironically inquired about a item I recently listed on CL with:

    “w.rite back if ur definitely not fake”

    …as the only text. You first, Herman!

  21. ice says:

    yea i just recived two differant emails today both from a guy named jason miller claming to be the ceo of craigslist. the problem was that the name was the same but there was two differant email address so got me concernd so i went searching because it seemed odd that a ceo himself was emailing me about a apple ipad.

  22. d1cd1c says:

    Ya, I just got one of those letter and the first think I did was Google “craigslist ceo”, which brought me to a link for this page. Good work! This saved me from wasting a bunch of time on this garbage. In the email I received, they are using the name Marvin Rizzo.

  23. rottmom says:

    Mine was from Jason Miller, using 3 different hotmail addresses, when I replied asking why I should believe it, I got another email from another hotmail account asking the same questions as the first one.

  24. mx3mommy says:

    Jason Miller, CEO told me to, “answer back if you happ.en to be genuine (sic)” and I assumed that he meant genuinely tired or strapped for cash or something like that since I was resorting to posting my stuff for sale on Craigslist at 3 am.
    So, his free offer for an iPad seemed like something more for me to sell – But, since I had just actually fallen for an iPhone dupe from “Apple” on my Facebook page, I declined to hit Mr. Miller up for his generous offer.
    The FB one got me because it looked like about 30,000 other people on their wall had participated and gotten their free phone. Instead my contacts list got spoofed and now all my friends, family and occasional religious fanatic contacts get emails “from me” with links to XXXX Porn and how to buy cheap Viagra in Canada. Yeah! I have loads of fun explaining that to my octogenarian relatives. ;P

  25. strochka17 says:

    This is a follow-up to Laura Northup submittal. I had an item for sale on Craigslist, and got similar e-mail from the CEO. It turns out, that he has multiple personalities – this Email stated:: “My name is Martin Taggart, Chief executive officer of Craigslist” The rest of it repeats word-for-word the one quorted by Laura above, except the signature – it was (of course! ) Martin Taggart. I did not get an offer to complete any affiliate offers, but I was “lucky” enough to be linked to MATE1 website. I’ve noticed an interesting detail that may alert legitimate Craigslist users to a scam nature of the original response – one of the words has a dot after the first letter. The first time I’ve got two emails in the row from different (both hotmail accounts) addresses with exactly the same text – and both had a word “t,his” in them. The email from “CEO” before he declared himself a CEO, was less than literate and said “that w.hich hours can i look at this?” Notice a dot in the word “w.ich”. And delete these emails – next time it may be something harmful to one’s computer!

  26. IraAntelope says:

    We can always hope, can’t we???

  27. GrlRedBalloon says:

    I just got the same email, except in mine the CEO’s name is “Jeremy Benton.” Too bad it’s not real!

  28. GrlRedBalloon says:

    I just received the same email, except now the CEO’s name is Jeremy Benton. Also, the email comes after you respond to a bogus inquiry about an item you’re selling. At least that’s what happened in my case. Boo, I guess I won’t be selling that wreath container (or getting a free iPad) after all. :-/

  29. mrs. clean says:

    I got one of the same emails today after listing my hot tub for sale on craigslist. Only, the CEO of craigslist is RONALD ELDER. Luckily, I just googled who the CEO of craigslist was and found this site. It seemed screwy to me too. The first email I received was “can I purchase imn mass quantities. I replied for a clarification on the email and got the below stated email regarding a free Apple iPad. I hope very few people fall for this scam.

  30. wildcard1275 says:

    I am amazed just how quickly one can change their name and STILL be the CEO of Craigslist! Today, Dec 26th I received this one:

    Gerald Darr

    My name is Gerald Darr, Ceo of Craigslist. We have recently joined up with The apple company for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away complimentary Apple iPads to randomly selected people who have published an ad on Craigslist. You have been selected as one of our latest winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with ads on C-list and your advertisement matched with our latest drawing.

    We have partnered up with Apple to advertise their most popular product yet, the Apple iPad. Once again, we are operating this promotion for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to go to our site made for this promotion and type in your email to get yours for free. Simply make sure you enter your email so we can locate our records to make certain that we have reserved one for you. That’s it!

    Congrats on winning a free Apple iPad (valued at $800). In case you have any question or concerns, feel free to e-mail me back. However, you should claim your free iPad 1st to ensure one will be reserved for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may well not receive this e-mail until after the deadline, but, we advise you check the web site and enter your email to see if we still have yours on hold, which we often-times do because others have not claimed theirs in time.

    Gerald Darr
    CEO, Craigslist
    So, Gerald Darr, Herman Fisher, or Johnny Baciagalup, a scammer doesnt change his stripes!

    Pleeeezzzeee, send me your social security number, your bank info (you know, the account with a negative balance hehehe) and your mothers grandmothers birthdate. Oh, and then you can claim that zillion dollars just waiting for you!

  31. JHudson says:

    FUNNY whoever is sending these letters out must be paying attention cause I got this letter…

    his is Craig Newmark, creator of Craigslist. We recently partnered with Apple Inc. to give away iPads to randomly selected individuals who recently posted on Craigslist. Each iPad winner is picked at random through one of their recent Craigslist posts. Your post titled “DAYCARE LOOK NO FURTHER!! (Moscow-Troy Area)” was randomly picked as today’s winner, congrats on winning a free iPad!!!

    In order to make it easy for winners to get their iPads we created a special page with a few simple steps, please click HERE and make sure to complete all steps to ensure fast delivery of your iPad. After completing the simple steps required, your iPad will be shipped in a couple of days and you will get a shipping confirmation email with a tracking number.

    Once again, congrats on being one of our lucky iPad winners. All of our past winners who got their iPad have fallen in love with it, and many write us back and thank us. Your iPad retails for $800-$875. Of course if you have no use for it you can always sell it on eBay or give it away.

    We understand that there are many online scams these days and I want to personally assure you that is NOT a scam. In fact if you have any concerns or questions you are always welcome to contact me directly by replying to this email. Before contacting me I recommend that you visit the iPad winners claim page HERE and complete a few simple steps so that an iPad is set aside for you just in case we run out.

    Thank you for using Craigslist,

    Craig Newmark
    Creator of Craigslist
    SOOOO Guess he is taking everyones advice and using the real name and the sig under his name…

  32. WyndT says:

    I just got this same email this morning, only the CEA name has now changed to Angel Thomas. If it ends up in your spam folder, it usually is spam. The first red flag for me was that it appeared to be in response to an ad I had placed that was deleted three weeks ago.

  33. chrissyd25 says:

    Attention Craigslist Users. No, The Craigslist CEO Is Not Sending You A Free Apple MacBook!

    I received this similiar email.

    My name is Angel Thomas, Ceo of Craigslist. We have recently partnered up with Apple company for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away complimentary Apple MacBooks to randomly selected people who have submitted an ad on Cl. You’ve been picked as one of our newest winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with ads on C-list and your ad matched with our latest drawing.

    We’ve partnered up with Apple inc to advertise their hottest product yet, the Apple MacBook. Once yet again, were operating this promotion for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE [scammy URL redacted] to check out our site made for this promotion and enter your email to get yours for free. Just ensure you enter your email so we may locate our records to ensure that we have reserved one for you. That is it!

    Congrats on winning a free Apple MacBook (valued at $1499). In case you might have any question or considerations, feel free to email me back. However, you should claim your free MacBook 1st to make certain one will be reserved for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may well not receive this email until after the deadline, however, we advise you check out the web site and enter your email to see if we still have yours on hold, which we often-times do as a result others haven’t claimed theirs on time.

    Angel Thomas

    CEO, Craigslist

  34. robodirt says:

    So, there most be 2 CEO here, Fisher and Amy are both running the same company,

    My name is Amy Sanders, Ceo of Craigslist. We’ve recently joined up with Apple company regarding a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away complimentary Apple MacBooks to randomly selected folks who have posted an advert on Craigslist. You have been picked as one of our latest winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with ads on Cl and your ad matched with our latest drawing.

    Now we have partnered up with Apple inc to market their most popular product yet, the Apple MacBook. Once yet again, we are operating this promotion for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to visit our web site generated for this promotion and enter your email to get yours for free. Just make sure you enter your email so we may locate our records to make certain that we have reserved one for you. That is it!

    Congratulations on winning a free Apple MacBook (valued at $1299). In case you may have any query or considerations, feel free to e-mail me back. However, you should claim your free MacBook first to make sure one will be reserved for you personally prior to the deadline ends. We do understand that you may not receive this email until after the deadline, however, we advise you check out the site and enter your email to see if we still have got yours on hold, which we often-times do as a result others haven’t claimed theirs on time.

    Amy Sanders

    CEO, C-list

  35. boom says:

    The latest scam profile uses Best Buy and a $1000 gift card.
    CEO is now named Jim Crone.

    yeah, right….

    Still has a hotmail address.