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Folks last week there was a rather unfortunate incident where a member was scammed out of hard earned money by an unscrupulous excuse for a human being. This Scammer contacted the member by PM offering an item for sale, the member paid for the item via Amazon Gift Card. Needless to say this item has never arrived and the seller ceased all contact. To help combat this issue we asked VS Admins to place a minimum post count for members to be able to access the Conversation(PM) function, however please be wary of new members posting in your thread asking YOU to PM them. This should be your first warning sign. Today we had the first scammer trying to circumvent the minimum post count.
Never agree to pay for an item any other way than by PayPal, and never agree to pay via friends and family either. If the seller is insisting you pay via Friends and Family, so they don't pay fees at their end, either walk away or use a PayPal calculator to figure out the fee's and pay them at your end, its around £3 for every £100, not much money for the protection you will receive.
We literally spend hours every week checking new members accounts, searching IP address' and banning spammers and scammers to try to keep the forum safe however we are only human and some will get through. If you are contacted, or are not happy with what you are asked to do by a buyer/seller, contact any of the Admin team. You can find us all here. You can also add us into any PM conversation that is already started or you can hit the Report button and we will investigate. Don't be shy, its better to report something and be wrong than get ripped off.

Stay Safe and Merry Bah Humbug

The Civinfo Admin Team

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Another report of a PM being sent by a new member, this one Fox232 which loosely follows the previous member name ending in 222.

Be careful and report any unexpected PM's via the Report facility.
 
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