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Ask Andy: don't e-mail for a photo!!

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(WMC-TV) - When you're shopping products on a site like Craigslist, sometimes you'll run across a listing that's missing the item's picture.

It may include a message from the seller that says, "E-mail me for a photo."

Don't!

David Bakke, consumer advocate of MoneyCrashers.com and contributor to consumer resource Bottom Line Personal magazine, said that message is scam bait. 

He told BLP if you e-mail the photo request, receive the photo as an attachment, then open it, one of these will likely happen:

* You will load a virus on your computer.

* You will launch a fake web page -- made to look like its from Craigslist, Ebay, whatever -- that asks for your user name and password in order to see the photo.

* You will be directed to a phony escrow service to set up an account that ultimately steals your credit card number. 

So be wary of items for sale on Craigslist or any other networking site that do not display pictures of the items and ask you to e-mail a request for those pictures. Chances are, that's a trap.

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