Scam Warning on Freecycle®
Hello all Freecycle.org® members
This message is going out to all users and you do not need to do anything. It is a warning message about some scams.
There are two scams doing the rounds across all Freecycle® groups. Please be vigilant of anybody requesting money from you for delivery or anything else.
SCAM ONE: OFFER posts - The scammers place posts purporting to OFFER something tempting. They then request delivery money or ask you to cover some other cost. Of course once you have paid this money you won't get the item you were hoping to receive.
The scammers used to offer some expensive items, but more often NOW they are now making posts for electronics and everyday household items.
So far very few of these posts have made it onto our message board, but you still need to be vigilant and also be aware that you may come across them on some of the other local groups. If anyone offers you an item and requests payment or vouchers for postage etc, please report it to the group moderators. Do not send payment for any reason. You will never see the item or your money.
SCAM TWO - Your Own WANTED Posts: The second scam targets members who make a wanted post themselves and perhaps signal some sort of vulnerability (disabled, elderly, desperate, etc). You will receive a very generous offer of the (often expensive) item you are wanting (e.g. TV, Fridge Freezer) - one that is almost new. Should you respond you will exchange several emails and then be asked to pay money via UKASH, Western Union, Moneygram and even Paypal as the 'gifter' (con artist) is unable to deliver (perhaps because they are housebound, have no car, live too far away, etc). Once you have sent the money, you will hear nothing!
Also, it has happened that a cheat sets up a new account just to answer a Wanted post and then demands payment at the point of collection (and provides a dud item)
OUR ADVICE: 1) Never ever send payment for anything to anybody for any Freecycle® related exchange. 2) Do not include personal information in your wanted posts. 3) Report scam offer posts by using the 'report as inappropriate button' located under the post details. 4) Report members requesting payment to the appropriate moderation team. 5) If asked for money upon collection it is deception, you have not misunderstood, please feel free to decline and to leave. 6) Don't let these scams ruin your Freecycle® experience - just be aware.
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