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Subject: Shipping a book
Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:20 PM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2007
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Someone has requested a book from me. the problem is I can't find that person's name in member's directory, not can I find anyone else living in the town. So, I am not even sure if this member actually exists. Should I still ship him the book? What are the additional ways to find out if this person is genuine and not a fraud?





Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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they may not have a public profile.  I would go on the assumption that they are a legit person and you can get their address when you print the wrapper (whether your actually print it or not). 

I'm curious why you would think they are a fraud, is it just because you can't find them in the member directory? 

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:26 PM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2006
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The member directory is optional.  Many members don't even know how they can be listed in the directory and others choose not to be listed.  I say go ahead and mail the book!

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 11:31 PM ET
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>> I'm curious why you would think they are a fraud, is it just because you can't find them in the member directory?


Yes, that's exactly the reason why I think they are not legit.

Thanks. I'll go ahead and ship the two books.


Date Posted: 10/6/2007 12:03 AM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2006
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Some people prefer not to have a profile as they feel this makes their information too public.  Not having a profile doesn't necessarily mean they are more or less "legit" than any other member.


From the Help Center:

If you can't find a member in the Directory.... Members must have made a PBS Profile to be listed in the Member Directory.
  • Once a member is listed in the Directory, the only "unique identifiers" are his or her PBS User Email address (which is not listed on the site; you would have to obtain this from the member) and his or her PBS Nickname.
  • A search for PBS Nickname is the most effective/accurate way to find a member in the Member Directory.
Members who have profiles can also choose not to appear in the Member Directory.
  • This option is in the Settings in My Account, and if the member has opted not to appear in the Member Directory, you will not find him or her there.
If you are trying to send a PM to a member, or add him or her to your Buddy List, you can do both of these things from the member's bookshelf, or the transaction you are conducting with him or her, or from a Forum post, or from a Personal Message.



Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 12:50 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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There is no way for anyone to make a request without being logged into the site, so every request you get is from a legitimate member, whether or not he is listed in the directory.

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 12:47 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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Nope, we won't let any frauds get through the portals of PBS. If you get  request for a book(s), you can believe it is legit, whether they are listed in the directory or not.

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 12:52 AM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2005
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My SIL and MIL are both members of PBS and you would not find them in the directory. I am thinking that most people do not list themselves in the directory. I guess R & R would have the statistics.
Date Posted: 10/7/2007 11:59 PM ET
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If you are concerned about not getting your credit-use the PBS dc confirmation. 

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:07 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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You will have their address as soon as you accept and print the wrapper.  You can also send them a PM as well.