Normally, there’s not a whole lot to like about a Craigslist used-car ad generated by a crude text-generating algorithm. Normally. But this time, thanks to pure pseudo-random chance, whatever’s making these scam ads actually manages to crank out some smile-inducing copy. It’s the little things, sometimes.
I’m not exactly sure how the scam is supposed to work; I’m guessing some sort of phishing scam, if you were somehow dumb enough to respond?
The ads all have the same basic format: a title with some random words and other characters, the name of the car for sale (usually a Chevrolet “Equinox Denali” which is not a thing), more characters, and then a price.
The body copy, after a picture of the car, is four lines: some car feature, adjective plus car feature, another feature and random characters, then a nonsense phone number.
The second line is where the joy is. Here’s some examples from Los Angeles Craigslist, but I’m sure there’s more.
cheerful Dual Air Bags
Front Wheel Drive hemzzqz
invincible Tinted Glass
Integrated Phone cgwddobqqd
Adjustable Steering Wheel
obsequious AM FM Radio
Dual-level heated front seats ihzexa
CD [Multi Disc]
lackadaisical Telescopic tilt steering wheel
Air Bag - Driver rebgz
yak Power Steering
Alloy Wheels xmprg
Auto-dimming day-night rearview mirror
apathetic viper remote start
Head Room: Front 40.1 inches sbqdofiqc
There’s plenty more of these around. In fact, given enough time, there’s possibly an infinite number of these. So, you know, enjoy.