Craigslist Bots and Craigslist Spam Listings
There are plenty of ways to find a date, or someone new to get to know, such as dating personal ads or online dating websites. Many of the online personal providers, such as Craigslist may not exactly be the best idea to use. For those of you men who use Craigslist personals to pick up chicks, you have probably been victimized by a "bot" on more than one occasion. Embarrassing? Yes. Violating? Of course. Preventable? Usually. Here are some tips on how to avoid getting snagged.
Before you get started perusing the personal ads, you should log into your account on Craigslist. It's better to post an ad, rather than respond to them. Most singles ads are bots or "cam girls" or something similar. They have companies that are paid to put up ads to appear to look like local single woman- that's what they do. It takes a bit more work for bots to respond to ads that have been put up by men seeking women, but it's still very possible. At least your chances will go down... at least a little bit.
If temptation is just too much and you do decide to respond to an ad, proceed with caution. If the photo of the girl looks too good to be true, it probably is. I have always been amused by men who truly believe that these beautiful women are sitting home on a Saturday night and just can't find a date. Are you kidding me?
Often, men get wrapped up in bots, and can even interact with them for a while, before realizing that they are not real and that you've been had. This can be beyond embarrassing, so it's important to remain as open minded as possible, but be ready to shut it down when the person whom you are corresponding with just doesn't seem to add up. You may want to begin by sending a very short email to begin with, asking a couple of specific questions, such as their location or their age. These are pretty fair questions, and there is nothing wrong with asking a few of these questions up front. If you don't receive a somewhat coherent response acknowledging your questions, it's time to move on.
As I stated earlier, I'd recommend avoiding using CL or other free classified ads for personals in the first place. The quality of people that you are likely to find might not match your expectations. Yes, it's free, but remember, you get what you pay for.
Be alert for phishing attempts which can easily lead to identity theft and for your own safety and protection, be sure to limit the personal information that you give out. Once you get to know someone and you become comfortable with them, you can allow the relationship to proceed naturally.