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Hi everyone

Sadly, another member of York Freecycle has fallen victim to an unscrupulous scammer who asked for £40 to courier an item .. and then asked for £80 for insurance! Please remember that everything on Freecycle is FREE. You can report anyone asking for fees to courier an item (which they don't have!) to the police through Action Fraud.

PLEASE be on your guard if someone appears to offer you an item you wanted but doesn't say what the item is. For example, "Are you still looking?"

Don't let these despicable fraudsters win. Enjoy using Freecycle.

Best wishes

Moderator Team York Freecycle

OUR ADVICE: 1) Never ever send payment for anything to anybody for any Freecycle related exchange.

2) Do not include personal information (such as your address or phone number) 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 moderators on: Please include the post ID number or the poster's ID or email address so we can identify them quickly and remove them from Freecycle.

It is a criminal offence to solicit money fraudulently so these can also be reported to the police through Action Fraud:

Anyone asking for money to courier items which they don't have will be removed from the group and reported to the police.

5) Don't let these scammers ruin your Freecycle experience - just be aware.

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