Hi, I went on craigslist.com and saw that they were giving away a pool table. I emailed the guy and asked for some pictures and he sent me an email back saying that he had posted them on his blog and put the web address in there. I clicked on the address and it said that I had to install something to see the pictures, I did not, but I really wanted to see the pictures. I clicked it again but this time it took me to ask.com. Could he have just put the wrong web address or was he trying to give me a virus? Thank you
First off, let me just say that I think it’s quite unlikely that anyone who is selling on Craigslist is going to be sending you a virus, truth be told. Why? Because it’s a lot of work to do something that’s more easily done by just creating a dummy landing page that infects your computer.
I’m guessing that the seller has used some sort of 3d picture or picture zoom gadget to make the photos on their weblog of the pool table more useful and cool. And something like that would legitimately require a separate plug-in.
But I wouldn’t download a plugin to see the pictures, personally. Seems to me, in fact, that if this person really wanted to sell their pool table — a fairly expensive item to buy used — then they’d be bending over backwards to make sure you had images and whatever other information you sought so you could decide whether to buy it or not.
The fact that he seems a bit reticent about helping you learn more about the pool table worries me. Is it legit? Is he just totally unmotivated?
Having said that and drawn all sort of conclusions on precious little data, I should probably say that, yes, maybe you did get a bad URL or web page address from the seller. If you really do want to buy it, then perhaps you should send a note back to him saying that you still haven’t been able to see any photos on his site and ask him to send them to you via email.
If he responds rudely or not at all, you’ll be able to consider yourself lucky to avoid a potentially awkward or suspicious transaction. If he responds pleasantly, then hopefully you’ll find it a great table at a good price and get a good deal.