Years ago when the McKinleyville Press first started receiving oddball emails asking for classified ads to be placed in the newspaper, we actually fell for it and printed a couple of them. Since our classified ads are only $2 a pop, we figured we’d just run the ads and hopefully the people who submitted them would send us the money in a week or two. (That’s how it often works with a small town newspaper.)
But these folks never responded to our emails, and within a short amount of time it became clear that it was some sort of Nigerian-based scam.
Here’s a typical email:
Am giving two of my yorkie puppies away for so i will like to place it in your pet classified section. I want the ad to appear in both online and on your newspapers. The ad text is TWO YORKSHIRE TERRIER IS FREE, IF INTERESTED CONTACT email redacted ASAP.
I will be waiting for your respond to let me know what i will need to do to get my ad start in your next edition.
Thanks and God bless you.
Here’s one that we received today:
I want to place a help wanted advert for a nanny/aupair on your daily/weekly newspapers and also in any of the following Career-Builder,Monster Jobs or Yahoo-Hotjobs? I want it to run for 7days,so let me know the quote to run my ad
Below are my Ad details
Babysitter needed. I am looking for a babysitter urgently for my 3kids,you will be paid $600 weekly,and car will be provided, just take care of our babies for us, email. EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED.
Please get back to me as soon as possible.