Two Admin Points
It’s not often I send out admin posts but occasionally I have to. This post goes to all members, it’s not specific to any one member.
I've a couple of points.
First Freecycle should NEVER involve money, not even for petrol. There have been a few reports of a scammer who offers and item, but has moved out of the area, They ask for money for a carrier, and the money is never seen again. The Freecycle web site does try and watch / monitor for spammers, and I can easily spot if someone posts to a lot of sites at once, but it’s incredibly hard if someone sign up for a new address, and only uses it on one group. The solution is simple, NEVER, EVER allow money to change hands. There are other reasons underlying this, partly to do with the charitable status, but the biggest reason is if you will not be falling for a con artist.
Secondly if you arrange to collect an item PLEASE turn up, if you can't then please contact the giver, they will be awaiting your arrival, maybe even delaying an event. They are kind enough to give you the item, at least be kind in return.
In both cases if you experience problems please let me know and I can try and investigate, but if I don't know then I can't investigate.
Have a great rest of your weekend.
Gavin Harlow Freecycle Moderator.
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