Aug 29, 2016

What damage can a scammer do to me because I emailed a response to them?

I emailed a response of interest to an ad on Craigslist/Spokane for a rental property, so my email address is automatically provided and I also included my cell number in my email to get more information. As a result, I got back an email and the response was very shady. I researched the property and found it wasn't at all a rental and the ad was not being generated by the owners who do have their home for sale.

Since the Craigslist rental turned out to be fraudulent, I'm concerned the scammer can do harm with me proving my email address and mobile number.
I agree with Sveta; You are probably fine, but of course the more information a scammer has, the more they have to work with. Let's face it, all of our email address are out there somewhere for people to see...that's why we use passwords. Unless you are using your phone number for a password, there shouldn't be too much increased risk. Make sure that you are using a strong password, and this means no pet names, nothing with your birthday (or any other special dates that might be ascertainable via your Facebook or other social media), and nothing cute like "password" or "1234." A combination of letters, numbers and symbols is best.
Potentially yes, the scammer can start making calls and try accessing or spamming your email. It really depends on the type of scammer, and how much effort they want to put into this. As I mentioned in the other post, you should report them to the appropriate authorities. If you see any unusual activity with your email you should reset your password and block the scammer if they start to spam you. But more then likely they won't do anything further with the information as typically it's a numbers game (out of a 100 people who sent a response, one might send money).
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