I placed a add "wanted" at the "Model T Ford Club of America" on 16 September since then you got a lot of "funny" mails. Some of them looks very professional as one from email@example.com
Did some of you had the same problems after placing
the add? Thanks for your comment Stefan
I used to get those emails after posting an ad but now I just leave my phone number and no email address in the ad. However I can't tell if the spam I get on phone are as a result of doing that. I also refer to my profile if someone wants to look up my email address.
I haven't used the ads a lot, but I've read plenty of comments by guys who have. It's not unusual at all to get email from Prince Armitey Olimba or Barrister Alfonso Chadwick about "your item". The only thing out of the ordinary about yours would be the ones that "look very professional". Most of them have FRAUD written all over them in bad English.
The recommendation by Rich seems to be the way to go, but I go a step further. List a land line phone number and tell them to leave a message so you can contact them, and have all calls on that line answered by a machine. I adopted this policy in response to the persistent stream of telemarketing calls, many of which seem to happen at meal time. If I happen to be near the phone and hear that it's a legitimate call, I answer. Otherwise, they get: "If you telemarketing clowns had half a brain, you'd have figured out after getting this message the first forty or fifty times that I'm not going to answer. On the other hand, if you're a legitimate caller leave your message go I can get back to you." Most real callers find the message entertaining, and I hope the scammers who aren't automatic machines find it at least disappointing.
That should be so, not go. Wish we could edit.
Avoid any kind of spam and do like the Craigslist posters do - type your phone number something like this:
This keeps the auto-bot phone number miners at bay.
On a related note, I developed a way to weed out chronic email-tire kickers on CL too.
I have a 77 Trans Am up for sale - with no pics. In the ad, I advise people who wants pics or have questions to email their phone number. Without it, I don't respond to queries.
Amazing how much that has weeded out useless emails.