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Subject: Someone just offered to send me a book IF I sent them postage!
Date Posted: 1/16/2008 11:23 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2005
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I received a PM tonight from a member offering to send me a book if I sent him a $5 money order in advance to cover postage.     It's a 3-book set actually, but still...    And it's not even on my wishlist - although he seems to think it is.   It's in my profile as one of my favorite books, but I actually already own a copy of it.   And I got that copy here through the normal PBS wishlist system.

Hopefully, this member just doesn't understand how PBS works.  He obviously doesn't understand the wishlist system.   I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.

However, I've reported the PM to R&R so that they can educate this member.

Last Edited on: 1/16/08 11:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:41 AM ET
Member Since: 6/10/2007
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Someone clearly hasn't read the rules of the site, huh?

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 9:13 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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I'd PM and let them know that what they are doing isn't right and that they should read the rules of the site.

I'd be very leary of someone offering to send a book if you send a money order, that isn't how the site works!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:51 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I wonder if it is someone trying to get around the "no selling" and sell their books to members.  Because $5 should more than cover postage.    I'd sell my books for that, especially if I could get a bunch of them to the PO at once.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:02 AM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2007
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$5 would cover  postage on three books at once plus the cost of a mailing envelope.

His message was inappropriate and should be reported at once.




Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:09 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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Have you checked his profile to see if he is new? If he is, maybe he just doesn't get it, and he should have a tour guide follow up with him.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:34 AM ET
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He doesn't have a profile - or even a nickname.   That's one of the first things I checked.

And of course I reported him.  I did that right away.   I just don't know if R&R are going to be able to figure out who it is  - since he doesn't have a nickname.   And his name is a rather common male name.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:44 AM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2007
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He doesn't have a profile - or even a nickname.

And chances are he has a PO Box and you'll never see the books. Not implying it's a scam but certainly wouldn't be a first. Just makes me very apprehensive when they don't want to follow the rules.


Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:20 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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If he sent you a PM then R&R should be able to find him. The system has to keep track of where PMs come from, otherwise there's no way for it to know how to display your Personal Messages tab and let you reply to them.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 1:44 PM ET
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Sounds like a scam--

"I have a like new bridge-just send me shipping costs and I will send it from London"

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Date Posted: 1/17/2008 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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Lynn, Just curious, did you send the member to the Help Center? Most times a point in the right direction for a new member is all that they need.