Sunday, August 22, 2010

Do Craigslist Personals Scammers do Split Testing?

Catherine - kierasron_aol_com, cferanna_ttxmail_com

You may have seen an earlier post where I mentioned "Catherine", who replies to man-looking-for-woman personals on Craigslist and follows up with a shortened link to some kind of affiliate site, with the promise that you'll get to contact her more directly there.

Well, it turns out she also has considerably different opening lines, which suggests the more serious affiliate program scammers might actually do ad split testing to see which initial contact e-mails get a better response rate.

Here's the latest in response to my ad: (she gave no name, and was writing from ryliepi@aol.com; e-mail reply goes to cat.f23209xx@mailprotected.com).

Hello there, Send a reply if you are still looking for someone

I am 38,, no kids, not married and would like to meet a nice person. I am a a good conversationalist and fun type of person and like to have a fun time with the right individual.

I have my studio downtown in Vancouver, BC. we can hook up for a drink.

I am seeking that right person.

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