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I just finished banning what appeared to be a con artist. He has posted 3 times, all items for sale. The last one was a Lamello tool that looked like it might be like a Domino. He wanted payment in Pounds which prompted me to do some checking. The I. P. address he was using traced to Lagos, Nigeria. I went back through his other posts and found that each one had a different I.P. location. His first post traced to London and the 2nd traced to Switzerland while claiming to be from Michigan. If you are interested in any item on the Classifieds and you aren't familiar with the seller and he isn't providing many or any personal details then you should use caution.

There are things that can be done which will help verify whether the seller is not a con artist. One thing that Mike Henderson does is to ask them to write their user name on a piece of paper and take a picture of it next to the item for sale. This verifies that the person actually has the item in their possession.

You can also check to see if their I P address matches where they say they are from. Below everyone's user name are 5 icons. The 5th one is an icon of a computer screen. If you click on it the I P address and the host service I P number appear. You can find free I P lookup sites with a web search and copy and paste the I P into the lookup service and it will show you where the person is posting from. If that doesn't match where they or their bio says they are from then it's best to not do business with them. If you are in a situation like this then use the Report This Post function so that I and the other Moderators can have a look.

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Great service you do, Charles...thank you...

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I am on a gun forum where new members must reply to ten threads before they can post a new thread themselves.

Another forum blocks all new members from posting anything at all, until they post an introduction thread, saying something about their interests, experience, tools, etc., not just "Hi, I'm new here", or jump in with a question or whatever. I think the introductions, at least, must be approved before publishing.

Personally, I'd like to see both introduced here.

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Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
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It certainly would be a good idea to insist they fill out their bio if they want to use the classifieds Theo. That might be something the moderators want to discuss and have Cricket make some changes in the instructions for using the classifieds.
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Charles - great advice. However, I'm not seeing the icon that you are referring to (computer screen) - I'm using the (full) style.
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It certainly would be a good idea to insist they fill out their bio if they want to use the classifieds Theo. That might be something the moderators want to discuss and have Cricket make some changes in the instructions for using the classifieds.
Hadn't thought of that one, but sounds good.

Now if you can just think of some way to tell the non-attention people that this is a woodworking router forum, not for computers, BEFORE they post . Probably asking the impossible with that one.
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@ Cherryville Chuck, Hi Charles, we watched a 4 Corners episode a few nights ago about big time scams from Nigeria,& I believe the show should be watched by everyone,particularly high school kids. Just sayin'. James.

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Thanks Chuck for posting this.

Folks, several years ago, I advertised a camera lens for sale on the Canon Photo Forum (POTN). It was the white lens in my avatar - 300mm f/2.8, one of the best lenses Canon ever made. The asking price was $3500 USD. The interested buyer asked me if I would do exactly as suggested. I wrote my name on a card and leaned it against the front lens, took a picture, and sent it to him. He promptly sent payment and we had a done deal. I had no problem with his request.

Sometimes items for sale are expensive. Be careful out there.
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Hopefully that turned out. Several people asked me for a screen shot of the icons. I just noticed that the moderators only have 4 icons under their user names and there is the possibility that anybody other than moderators can't see them. That's something I never know for sure as we do have extra privileges.

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Hopefully that turned out. Several people asked me for a screen shot of the icons. I just noticed that the moderators only have 4 icons under their user names and there is the possibility that anybody other than moderators can't see them. That's something I never know for sure as we do have extra privileges.
I got a blank page on that link.

I am not sure what icons you are referring to.
I see under your avatar,
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