All the responses I got from real people on my first day weren't from women — they were from men.
Then again, maybe they Amidst all those failures, I had one near-success.It didn't take long to realize that almost all the replies I received were scams.The situation is so severe on Craigslist Casual Encounters that posts by real women who are actually seeking hook-ups are often flagged for removal at the slightest cause for suspicion. An alleged woman will write a man saying she's interested, but that because of the Craigslist-based serial killers and rapists in the news, she needs some extra assurance that it's safe. The week was half over and I hadn't had a single bite.But if you're interested, read on for the story of my seven days on Craigslist's Casual Encounters — my failures, near misses, discoveries, insights and successes.Following that, I interviewed two women to learn how they used the site successfully for their own fulfillment.I typically wrote two or three paragraph replies and matched the tone of their own messages, then attached a couple of tasteful photos of myself.I didn't get a single reply from an actual prospect this way.Most of the women wanted something very specific they couldn't find in their normal lives: Someone to help play out a particular fantasy, someone vastly older than them or someone of another race.Very few of the women who were advertising seemed to be looking for anything I would consider a "normal encounter." Nevertheless, I tailored each response to whatever they were looking for.I began with a listing announcing myself to the women of my city.Each day I tried a different approach to see what would be most effective, though I never lied or posted fake photographs.