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Subject: FRAUD ALERT from PBS Team - do not mail to 17255 sw 95 ave in Florida
Date Posted: 2/13/2012 10:15 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2012
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**Edited by PBS**

We remind our members that asking or offering more than "PBS Price" for a book is prohibited.

Moreover, please be aware that this was a fraudulent offer - this person has no credits and was lying to get you to send your books without payment.

If you get a Personal Message asking you to send a book to an alternate address "because I could not change it here" do NOT do this. 

This is an example of the Personal Message this person sends after requesting a book

"Hi, for some reason I wasn't able to enter my address, so i put my friend's. Please fix it to this address so that I can receive it and not have to drive and get it.

Please change it to this one:

17255 sw 95 ave apt 212
Miami, FL 33157

and if you could mail this out ASAP, i would appreciate it since I need to read it for school. Thank you."

This person has stolen several books from the club this way.  Please be on alert.

Another version of the address is
17255 SW 95TH AVE
PALMETTO BAY FL 33157

Do not mail to any apartment number at 17255 SW 95TH AVE  in Florida.

If a member tells you that he or she "can't change my address here" please tell him or her to contact us for help, using the "send us feedback" button on the Contact Us page.  We will always help.  No one should be sending a different address in Personal Messages. If you are asked by a member to do this, please report it to us and we'll check into it.  You can report this using the "send us feedback" button on the Contact Us page.

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 10:35 PM ET
Member Since: 3/29/2011
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sent you a pm

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 10:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/30/2008
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The last Dickens costs about 10.00 new - you can sell the 10 credits and then buy the book with that money.

PBSTeam - PaperBackSwap Team
Date Posted: 2/14/2012 9:21 AM ET
Member Since: 7/17/2005
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Please notice this fraud alert.

Date Posted: 2/14/2012 11:35 AM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2010
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Even if there was no fraud, I was really surprised this post sat here as long as it did with no objections from the monitor. 

People should not be allowed to offer more than one credit for a book!  It would be mayhem.  

There are several wish list books I would be tempted to pay more than 1 credit for, just so I don't have to wait a year to get to the top of the list.     I can just imagine how cluttered this thread would be if people were allowed to beg for wish list books and offer multiple credits!

PBSTeam - PaperBackSwap Team
Date Posted: 2/15/2012 12:43 AM ET
Member Since: 7/17/2005
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Please notice this fraud alert.

Date Posted: 2/15/2012 8:43 AM ET
Member Since: 8/5/2011
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wow!

Date Posted: 2/15/2012 12:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/8/2006
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bump

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 12:19 AM ET
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Going to bump this back to the top just to keep the Team's information visible for a while.

 

 

Denise - We don't really have moderators in the forums. The only thread that has any kind of moderating that I know is the WL Multiples. Amanda and I as Czars don't actually read every post in the Bazaar looking for problems. If the title doesn't stick out as a problem we may not open it, we just don't have the time. I didn't see this post, it may have been done after the last time I was on the board on the 13th (both the 13th and 14th were very busy work days for me) but if its title wasn't obvious I would have missed it. That's why people should never hesitate to PM Amanda or I if they think something might sound wrong, or if they KNOW a post is really wrong like a scammer, go straight to the Team through Feedback.

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 12:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/29/2007
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Maybe we could use some clarification on the LEGITIMATE use of having a book sent to an alternate address.  It's perfectly okay to supply another address that the book should be sent to.  (That's the way I kept my mom well-supplied with reading material after she couldn't get out very much..)  People use that option to send gifts and surprises to others, too.  

I hope no one will think that there's anything suspicious about that - it's still okay to provide another address than yours to have a book sent to -- if you do it *from the order page*, I believe.  



Last Edited on: 2/16/12 12:36 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/16/2012 8:23 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2010
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If you notice a post that doesn't seem right, instead of just being surprised that it's allowed to sit here so long, please copy and paste it into an email for TPTB using the "contact us" link below.  That's how this one was discovered and investigated.

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 9:04 PM ET
Member Since: 3/30/2008
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Well said ICBerry.  I think the "team" was not clear enough on that subject -

 

Also, I posted a suggestion right after I read the message but with the original message erased (?), and with me

living in Florida, I hope people do not think I have anything to do with the original poster.

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 9:53 PM ET
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Maybe we could use some clarification on the LEGITIMATE use of having a book sent to an alternate address. 

The Team's post says "If you get a Personal Message asking you to send to an alternate address. ..." That is what they are saying is the inappropriate action, not the use of an alternate address.  The PM system is never the appropriate method to get a book sent to an alternate address and they are saying no one should ever do so if they are receiving the request via a PM because the requester should be using the correct system function (either the alternate address or changing their address). The Team does stress in the post a couple of times that it is receiving the request via a PM that is the issue.