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Beware of Holiday Season scams

Hi Freecyclers,

As the holiday season approaches we seem to be having an uncharacteristic surge in membership.

While I would like to believe that these are all genuine new members of the community it is possible that this is preparation for scams.

As moderator, I do not allow new members to post freely to the list until I vet their posts. If posts seem legitimate they are allowed to be sent to the group. Any pending posts that seem suspicious are refused and the member involved is ejected immediately.

Having said that, I can never be 100% certain about any post.

In order to protect yourself, pleas remember that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Common scams are:

- offering high value items and requesting postage fees to send the item to you; - telling you you've missed an item but they have another offered for sale on an auction site; - follow-up to old posts with "charity stories"

Please be diligent - report anything suspicious to the Freecycle organisation - enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends.

Kim Flintoff Moderator Freecycle MelvillelWA

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