Craigslist Account Verification Scams

February 16, 2012 - There are reported instances of emails being sent that appear that they are from Craigslist asking users to verify their accounts. These are fraudelent. The sender probably sent you a question about an item you had listed on Craigslist at some point and therefore was able to get your regular email address, of which these fraudelent emails are being sent to. If you hover the mopuse pointer over the link provided in the email, you will see that the link actually takes you to a different location other than Craigslist. Craigslist will only request you to verify your account after you have logged in, and will never ask for your login or account information.

Example of a Fraudelent Craigslist email

From the WHPD-CCU


Situational Alert Regarding Charitable Contribution Schemes

August 26, 2011 - In light of Hurricane Irene, the public is reminded to beware of fraudulent e-mails and websites claiming to conduct charitable relief efforts.

From the FBI

Email alerts are received by the Winthrop Harbor Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit from a variety of reliable sources and passed on to you.Such sources include but are not limited to the FBI, NW3C, US-Cert, FTC and others.