Responding to a Craigslist Email Anonymously (6 Steps)

By Adam Brown

Responding to an inquiry on Craigslist will reveal your email address to the recipient. However, you may not be comfortable giving away your personal email address to a stranger. Unfortunately, Craigslist does not give you an option to keep your address anonymous to the receiver. Your only option is to create or use an alternate email address that does not contain any identifying information about yourself.

Step 1

Create an account with a Web-based email provider, such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail. Be sure to avoid usernames that may give away your personal information or identity.

Step 2

Access the email address that received the initial inquiry. Open the message and highlight the sender's email address.

Step 3

Copy the email address by highlighting it and selecting "Ctrl-C".

Step 4

Sign in to your new email address and click "Compose" to begin a new message.

Step 5

Click in the To field and execute the keyboard combination "Ctrl-V" to paste the copied email address.

Compose your reply and click "Send."