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Watch out for a possible "Freecycle" scam

Posted Friday, June 13, 2008, at 11:14 AM

Freecycle is a networking site that allows members to post things they want to give away or things for which they are looking. It is free and has good intentions behind people recycling rather than disposing in the landfills.

However, one of the members noticed that the listing came up in three different counties and looks remarkably the same except for the name and e-mail address. Regrettably, it was after they gave their name,address and where they work. As you might guess, they are scared that the information will be used against them.


It's my first post here so, I do apologize in advance lol. I have just recently obtained a new Xbox 360 for my kids from the internet and I have noticed they no longer play with their old Wii, which me and my partner choose for them for xmas a couple of years back.

The original box was put in the trash, but we still have all the cables and stuff to go with it. It works like a treat so it is a great shame for it to end up on a landfill. I'm a full time cab driver so to be even more environmentally friendly.

I am willing to deliver instead saving you fuel and also making it possible for people unable to drive or otherwise busy."

It sounded too good to be true, since Wii is not that old and still in high demand. BEWARE!

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-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 13, 2008, at 11:14 AM

Maybe the cab driver would like to pass this boon onto a nice lawyer or police officer.

Or is this offer exclusively for little old ladies living by themselves who might want a gift for the grandkids?

(Ooooohhh,I'm such a cynic!)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jun 13, 2008, at 11:37 AM

It's always safest to arrange a Freecycle meeting during daylight hours and in a very public place. I've been involved with Freecycle for quite some time now, and I have never disclosed my name, address, or any other personal information. All that needs to be agreed on is when and where is a convenient time and place to meet.. i.e. Walmart parking lot at 4pm, etc. Only 1 time did someone come to my home to pick up some items, but that's because the box was so big, and my hubby was home 'just in case'.

Never, ever, give out your name or address on Freecycle. It's just too risky.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Fri, Jun 13, 2008, at 4:41 PM

By no means do I want to suggest people avoid freecycle, just use the common sense tips that craftin_mom mention.

If they mean the other people harm maybe they should consider that the tide could be turned. Maybe their County Sheriff would be interested in a sting operation.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 13, 2008, at 5:49 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.