The message is not from Craigslist.It is a phishing scam designed to steal account information from Craigslist users. Those who follow the link will be taken to a bogus “login” webpage that can harvest their account credentials for the use of Internet scammers.
This screenshot of the bogus login page shows how closely it resembles the genuine article.
WARNING: scammers may try to steal your username and password, by sending you an official-looking email with a link to a fake craigslist login page that looks like the page you’re on now, hoping you’ll type in your username and password. Look carefully at the web address near the top of your browser to make sure you are on the real craigslist login page,https://accounts.craigslist.orgThe safest way to login is go to the craigslist homepage directly by typing in the web address, and then clicking on the ‘my account’ link.Many phishing scams follow very similar tactics to those described above. It is very common for phishing scam emails to claim that an account with the targeted company or financial institution has been blocked due to an unexpected problem or suspected fraud. Such emails generally instruct recipients to follow a link to a bogus website that can steal their account login details and, in many cases, personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank account details, and contact information.
When operating such scams, criminals may randomly distribute many thousands or even millions of identical phishing emails like the one above in the hope of netting victims. Many more experienced recipients will be aware of such scams and will not be fooled. Many others will not even have an account with the targeted service or institution and will thus ignore the message as a mistake or not applicable. However, a few may hold accounts with the targeted service and also be unaware of how such scams operate. These few are the criminal’s primary target. Even if only a handful of people fall for each scam operation, the scam will pay off handsomely for the criminals responsible. Internet users should be very cautious of any email that claims that there is a problem with their account and that they must follow a link in the message to submit information and restore account access.