BEWARE of scams, catfishing, fake websites and backpage/craigslist mishaps

Fake websites and webmaster hackers

In 1996 Craigslist became a web-based service and became a hit in 2000 when they launched it’s “personal” categories. This was a way for working girls to get off of the streets, as well as allow lonely guys to engage in pleasure in a much more discreet manner. On September 3rd 2010, Craigslist discontinued it’s adult services and has no plans to ever reinstate the category. The reason: To globally shut down child sex trafficking.

Pressured by law enforcement, advocacy groups and congress; Craigslist had no other choice but to shut it down. Now, the sex industry had to find other websites to go.

Backpage is a classified advertising website that was launched in 2004. They offer classified listings including automotive, jobs listings, real estate and of course, the personal section. In 2011, Backpage was the second largest classified ad listing service on the Internet in the United States after Craigslist.

What they are doing now…

Webmaster hackers are stealing your Backpage profile, your pictures and your contact info. These hackers are using your information in malicious ways to defraud your character. This is in order to suit their own needs of making money. At first providers might think, “Wow this is really cool, I’m getting free websites and I don’t even have to do anything”. But these hackers change the content of your profile to make you whatever they want you to be. This is done so they can sell their site using your pictures. Most of the time, these webmasters will charge men a monthly fee to start chatting, using YOUR profile for false advertisement.

In addition to this, some of them even use the bait-and-switch routine, this is where the client will contact the number provided and a sexy-sounding lady answers the phone. The client, who doesn’t know any different, thinks that he is talking to the woman he contacted to make an appointment. He’s told that the girl he wanted doesn’t have any appointments at that time. Since she is unavailable, he makes an appointment but for another girl, one from their service.

These are just a few of the tactics that these scammers will use to make money for themselves without thinking about the hardship that it’s causing others. These are some examples of what these fake websites have been doing to me and to others.

In conclusion, while the hackers are good at what they do, there are some things that can be done to help limit what information they can get access to and steal. I will be discussing these steps in my courses; below are some examples of what happened to me: