SCAMS: for laptops and other electronics - email example
1. I would like to thank all the members who email us regarding the same scams offering laptops (showing the same picture leading to the same email address): we remove/ban straight away the new email address offering the above and for which, apparently you are requested to pay for the transport of the item using vouchers/bitcoin etc as they are un-traceable therefore the scammer can disappear with your hard worked money. Clearly the scammers do not read our FAQ and what Freecycle stands for: free cycling of items and never paying even for the transport - they simply want to pray on the kindness of our members
2. In order to avoid any future scams, I would strongly advise you not to post your telephone number in the Offer/Wanted section as thousands of people see these ads and might collect your number targeting you in the future. Do not use 'London' as your area or 'west London' or 'Westminster' BUT St John's Wood or Bond street etc in order to make it easier for our members to understand if they can travel to these areas or not.
3. We do not encourage people from other boroughs to post in Westminster/multiple boroughs asking for the same high value items (from household to personal items) for many, many months - as a pattern emerges it is clear to see such members might actually not need these items in their own house, thus depriving the genuine requests from genuine people who are in desperate need of these items. Such repetitive requests will be removed and members banned to favorise the genuine requests/members.
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UPDATE: 10/10/2019 - this is an email example you are going to receive if you are to fall for the con mentioned above, always sent by the same people from different email addresses attaching lots of pictures of different high value electronics, despite being warned to stop doing this on our site dedicated to free cycling. Here is what they write to you:
All laptops/ipads are used and working great but not all laptops have chargers. My husband and I intended setting up a community project here in Thurso with the laptops/ipads denoted to us from the US but, will no longer proceed with project due to urgent relocation reasons back to the US. We posted on the site in different cites because, we want them gone fast to other people in need. We are offering them free to anyone in need and a family can take multiple items. Pickup at (Thurso, Scotland) otherwise postage which is approx £10 per laptop/ipad all over UK depending on your location.
HP Pavilion 15.6" Type: Notebook/Laptop Operating System: Windows 7 installed Processor Type: 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200U Processor Speed: 2.60 GHz RAM: 4GB Hard Drive: 500-750 GB HDD 5400 rpm Graphics Processing Type: Intel HD graphics 4400 CD Rom: DVD RW WiFi + Bluetooth
TOSHIBA SATELLITE L755D-S5279 TOSHIBA SATELLITE: 15.6" Type: Notebook/Laptop Operating System: Windows 7 installed Processor Type: AMD A6 Quad-Core Processor Speed: 2.40GHz CD Rom: DVD RW WiFi + Bluetooth
Dell Inspiron 15.6” Type: Notebook/Laptop Operating System: Windows 7 installed Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz RAM: 4GB Hard Drive: 500 GB HDD CD Rom: DVD RW WiFi + Bluetooth
Lenovo THINKPAD• 14.1 inch Type: Notebook/Laptop Processor Speed:Intel Core 2 2.8 GHz 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics RAM: 4GB WiFi + Bluetooth windows 7 Pro 64-Bit CD Rom: DVD RW
Apple MacBook 15.4-inch Notebook Model: MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) Mac OS X version 10.5 pre-installed Power adapter Intel Core 2 Duo P8800 2.66GHz dual-core processor 4GB PC3-8500 DDR2 SDRAM 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive Slot-loading SuperDrive DVD±RW DL drive NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 256MB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB DDR3
Apple Ipads These iPads are iCloud UNLOCKED and have been reset. - The tablet specs are: 1 iPad Tablet 5th Gen Gold 32GB Wifi 1 iPad Tablet 4th Gen 16GB Wifi 1 iPad Tablet 2nd Gen 32GB Wifi 1 iPad Tablet 2nd Gen 64GB Wifi 1 iPad Mini Tablet 1st Gen 16GB Wifi + 4G LTE 5 iPad Tablets 2nd Gen 16GB Wifi 7 iPad Pro 2nd Gen. 512GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular , 12.9in
Xbox 360 Consoles Storage Capacity: 500 GB 16 controllers 56 games
PLASMA TVs 1 x 42'' panasonic -(plasma) TH-42PE30 - broken but working remote 1 x 26'' SANYO - CES26WSD7-B - working with stand and remote 1 x 26'' SANYO - CE26LD47-B - working with stand and remote 1 x 26'' LG - 26LC26-ZC - working with stand and remote 1 x 23'' Panasonic - TX-23LXD50 - working with stand and remote 1 x 22'' Technika - L22/03TCD-UK - working, no stand but with remote
Number of items left today, Dell (31), HP (35), LENOVO (23),TOSHIBA SATELLITE (22), Apple Ipads(17),HP without chargers (42) Apple MacBook (15), Xbox 360 Consoles(7), PLASMA TVs (6)
If you would love to have any, you need to get back to us with your delivery address for us to evaluate cost of postage over to you. regards Anita
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