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IMPORTANT: Suspicious Messages from

Good evening Freecyclers,

Recently, we've been receiving messages from a few of our members about suspicious replies to posts they have made. Often these posts come from email addresses with foreign suffixes. The responder will show interest in an item but never reply after the first email.

We are currently investigating the situation with the Virginia statewide Freecycle organization, but we ask that all of you PLEASE REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS EMAILS YOU RECEIVE to the Alexandria moderators. Don't be shy. This will allow us to get a better scope of the situation.

In addition, CHECK THE SUFFIXES OF EMAIL ADDRESSES THAT SEND YOU REPLIES. Whereas normal email addresses usually have three letters (.com, .org, .edu), email addresses from other countries will have two (.ru, .uk, .ro). Be cautious about responding to messages if they do not appear to be from the U.S. We have a strong international presence in our area, but it is still unusual to receive email from other nations for a local group.

With a little teamwork, we can figure out what is happening and deal with it accordingly. Until then, just make sure to stay in communication with your moderators and exercise caution.

And as always, happy Freecycling!

Your Alexandria Moderation Team

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