Yet Another Stupid Scam via Craigslist


Another scam via Craigslist.  This came in to my email, with a return address saying it was a “craigslist reply 640e).    Two minutes earlier I’d gotten an identical one, only referencing a different item.

Both emails referenced a supposed earlier email.

“Did u message my Boss concerning your post?
On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:13 AM, craigslist reply cb6b wrote:
Can you message Ben right away on msczca at gmail .he his more than ready to purchase your Soil Survey — Penobscot County Maine.can you meet today anytime.please let him know where you decide and what your bottom price is.please email works better because he works on a plant.

Thanks Alicia,”

It’s not unusual for scammers to text you, with the direction to email them back because “they’re at work and can’t get texts” or they’ve “borrowed someone’s phone” or they’re “texting for someone who’s too busy” to do it themselves.

It’s all horsepuckey.  Don’t respond.  Just forward the emails to craigslist as a scam, and delete all texts and emails without further comment.

Be safe!

Our Locations:

189 Main Street, Lewiston ME.
Heritage Collectibles and Heritage Books & Maps have been combined into one shop: Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps.  We’d love it if you would follow our blogs!  (The Books and Maps blog isn’t as active as the Heritage Collectibles one.)

5 Park Street, Lewiston ME.
Papa’s Thrift Shop
 has re-opened at 5 Park Street (it’s in the same building as Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps but with a separate entrance around the corner from the 189 Main Street address)!   Papa’s website is:

10 Water Street, Waterville ME.
We now have a small space (Booth #23) in the Hathaway Mill Antique Mall!  Here you’ll find only items produced in or before 1965.

Other Ways of Finding Us:

Sign up for our Weekly Specials by Text club!  Just text us at 207 740 2247 with the message “HC Weekly Specials” and you’ll receive a single text every Monday morning with info on specials good through Saturday of that week!

You can also find us on Facebook: and

And we’re on Twitter!



In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps and Papa’s Thrift Shop will go to help fund The Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

(Please Note: The Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)



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4 Responses to Yet Another Stupid Scam via Craigslist

  1. JR says:

    RE: Your Craigslist warning post above:

    Today on 10/21/17 I just received a similar Craigslist internal email responding to my For Sale post from someone asking me to reply to “msczca at gmail dot com.” I Googled this email address and it brought me to your post. Friendly reminder: I reported the message as a scam but it appears that Craigslist has limited, if any, power to screen such pests. So…keep on treading lightly and carefully on CL!

    P.S. I’m including the CL link to the beautiful Gerry von Trier oil painting I’m selling in the website field here, as it might fit your audience or inventory…Feel free to share…thanks!


  2. Nancy B. says:

    Thanks so much for the scam alert. Just received the same exact message minutes ago. After searching “mscza” I was able to see your warning. Thanks!!!


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