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There seems to be alot of spammers using Craigslist pretending to be girls interesting to meet men using automatically responding emails. They send you to fake dating websites where you are prompted to register (including CC#) to make sure you are not a sex offender.
Technically, they may not be illegal since if you read the fine print what they are really selling you is a subscription to adult websites. It is left up to you to opt out of this or you will be billed.
Has anyone else dealt with these assholes? Is there any way of getting back at them?
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Yes, it is possible to get back at them. It is possible to get their sites shut down sometimes. It is also possible to expose their identities sometimes. For instance, there was the case of Christopher Lawell. There was also the case of Renniel Fernandez (who is not me, of course!)
What it comes down to is
1) Look up all of the data available for the site to which you are being sent. Not just the registration data, but also stuff like the DNS records. You can find this information on who.is. Do this not just for the site that you ultimately end up at, but any intermediary sites used for redirects.
2) Check the headers for the email messages you receive and see if you can identify the server from which the email message is originating. Sometimes, the message is routed through several servers before it gets to you. Look up the data available for all of these servers.
3) Send complaints to the hosting services, ISPs, and registrars for all of these sites. Often the hosting services will ignore the complaints because they tolerate spammers and scammers. For instance, WRZHost and Underhost are notorious for tolerating these people. In these cases, it would be be better to send complaints just to the hostings services' ISPs (which in this case would usually be WorldStream, a company that takes complaints seriously), and not to the hostings services, who would just forward the complaints to their clients and make them aware that you're out to get them. There are also some ISPs that tolerate scammers and from whom you can expect no action. Ecatel, a Dutch ISP, and Webalta, a Russian ISP, are two of these.
4) Examine the sites and all of the server data (registration, DNS records, etc.), and all of the email messages carefully. Look at the HTML source for the sites too. Search the Web for any distinctive words and phrases you find. Doing this can sometimes lead you to very useful information about the people behind the sites.
5) Registration data is often fake if it is not hidden, but on occasion it contains addresses and phone numbers or other actual personal data of the scammers. Use reverse phone lookups and reverse address lookups on this data.
6) Try to find other sites owned by the scammers and repeat the above investigations with those sites. It is sometimes possible to find other sites of theirs by using the nameserver lookup on who.is. By clicking on the link for the nameserver after you look up a site, you can see which other sites use that same nameserver, and sometimes some of these belong to the scammers too. Another useful site for finding related scam sites is bgp.he.net. Do a search for an IP there, then click on the DNS tab in the search results to see what other sites use that IP.
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