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Subject: I think this is a scam
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 9:45 AM ET
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I have never had this happen before.... a question

I had a WL offer... ok... I accepted it.

As soon as I accepted it, it was canceled.

My question is simple, does the requestor (the person who made the request) see my mailing address?

The person explained that they had sent out about 100 hard cover books, and could not pay all of the postage. Was this a ploy to get mailing addresses and names?

Oh well it made me think... perhaps I think too much.

Should I worry though?

 update: I get a message:


I had one person offer me $10 to mail a book and I agreed. A payment can be made via PayPal to my email, if you have any interest in doing the same. You could possibly find the book cheaper elsewhere.

Thanks for considering.

I sent an email to PBS via feedback.  $ 10 for sending a book that only costs $4 to send is, ummm not in the spirit of PBS.


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Date Posted: 4/10/2012 9:57 AM ET
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I wouldn't worry about it.  I can't see anyone doing something so time consuming as posting WL books just to get peoples addresses.  From what you said about them mailing 100 hardcovers-my guess is that they are probably a new member who posted a whole bunch of books not knowing that they might all be requeted in a very short time.  So now they are overwhelmed at the work and the financial burdon.  You would think that on a site geared towards readers people would well read up on everything first.But they don't, many just jump right in and then make mistakes, get overwhelmed etc..,

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 10:03 AM ET
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Thanks for the reply.

100 hardcovers at 3.5o or 4.00 each = 300-400 dollars! Ouch!


Date Posted: 4/10/2012 10:57 AM ET
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Dave glad you forwarded the "subtle" request for payment to the admins! It's against site rules to ask for anything besides a credit for each book.
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 11:19 AM ET
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The first part doesn't worry me we get people who post too many not realizing they wish listed and can't send them all. The Update.. yeah they need to be sent to the PBSTeam because they are violating the site's rules BIG BIG BIG time. Asking for money is completely not allowed.

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Date Posted: 4/10/2012 12:29 PM ET
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Wow. That's pretty ballsy. They should be getting rid of that guy pretty fast.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 12:30 PM ET
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Oh yes definately right to forward that follow up PM to PBS.  The first part isn't all that fishy but there's something stinky about that PM.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 12:31 PM ET
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What Melanie said, the first part isn't a big concern IMO...many members post a bunch of books then realize it's quite a bit of postage on a limited budget.  Other scenarios include discovering the book has a small flaw when making a final inspection, and realizing the book is unpostable.  Once in a while members report spilling liquid (or their kids spilling) on their book(s) while wrapping.  Life happens (sometimes unfortunately) and thoughtful members will cancel the transaction.

The update pm - I'm glad you reported that one to TPTB, it is in violation of PBS terms of membership. PBS admin takes prompt action in these types of cases.  People that wish to sell their books need to do so at E-bay, half.com, Amazon, HPB, etc....PBS is not the venue for those folks.

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Date Posted: 4/10/2012 1:35 PM ET
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Also note, other members can't see your address just from setting up a transaction; the wrapper must be created / printed in order for them to access your address information.  If the other member canceled the request right away, they had no access to your address.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 9:11 PM ET
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And the sender isn't able to cancel the wish list offer until you accept, so he may have been waiting for that moment.

And thank you, thank you for reporting the request for money!!

Date Posted: 4/11/2012 7:52 AM ET
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I would not have been suspicious until the PM asking for money and I am sure that PBS will investigate and do what's needed. What may have happened though, is when the sender cancelled someone else's request and explained why, it may have been a book that person really wanted and had been waiting for a long time for, so they PMd him/her and offered them $10 for postage just so they could get that book. The sender may not have been aware of the rules and thought that since someone else offered him money this was okay to do and thus offered the same deal to others. BUT...always best to be suspicious and report such things.