We have received notification that one of our past members has taken money for postage and never delivered the goods. It was clearly a scam. It seems that the member came onto the system, posted the bogus post and then unsubscribed from the list. He will use a different alias and paypal address next time so it is very difficult to track these people.
As such I have to approve each new person wishing to join our group. This will not eliminate all fraudsters though so please NEVER EVER agree to pay money for anything on Freecycle. If the person is not actually residing in our area they should not be a member of our group.
And as standard practice please do not put your phone number or address in your initial posts.
We are a small group and have never had issues before but I have been aware that some of the larger groups have. So just be alert and NEVER pay for postage or the goods.
Thanks for your help, Linda Moderator - Freecycle Macedon Ranges
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