My Inbox this morning - I have a laptop listed on Craigslist:
"hello am willing to purchase the item urgently,Hope is still in excellent condition,Because i just want to purchase it as a present gift for my sister birthday gift. My form of payment would be via Paypal. you can read on how to signup with paypal at http://www.paypal.com/
and get back to me with your paypal name and email address to send the money once you signup.I am going to Add additional $100 to cover the shipping cost via USPS USPS Registered (express mail) delivery to my friend place in west africa .await to hear from you soon"
Signature was last name only, no caps. I sent a "No, cash only, and I will NOT ship." I also noted that they didn't tell me what they were interested in using the body of their message - so they could send this same message for a laptop, a game console, a printer, or anything at all that someone might ship to the address after getting a faux receipt from Paypal...
Because I know spam when I see it, but want to give the sender a gentle hint with a clue by two that I'm not falling for their "pitch". Clue by four would be overkill, because they aren't going to stop TRYING to scam people...just letting them know that I'm not desperate enough to fall for their line of faux offers.
Same listing - I got TWO messages asking what my "firm price" was for "everything" - um, no comment about what the type of item is and I get specific as to what the price is in the ad? You're either not reading the ad or trying to play dumb to set me up for some snake oil message - not really interested in trading my item for snake oil, so, not expecting this one to pay for my item, either.
Good thing I'd already decided that I'd rather keep the item than sell for less than my asking price, period. There are some things that having a spare of is not the worst idea....