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Ticker TV News: How can I Get A Free Sling?

Freecycle and classified ads: Websites like Freecycle and classified ads platforms can also be valuable resources in your quest for a free sling. These platforms allow individuals to give away items they no longer need, and you might just stumble upon someone offering a sling for free. Keep an eye on these websites and be proactive in reaching out to potential donors.

ISSUES WITH UPLOADING IMAGES TO FREECYCLE

Subject: Making posts with photos

Some members are experiencing an issue when making posts with photos. We do know that the vast majority of posts made with images– particularly those with just one image– tend to go through. Our best advice at this time is to keep trying. If your post appears without photos try editing the post to add one or more photos.

We want you to know that resolving this issue is our technical teams top priority. It is a challenging issue to nail down as it as it is not occurring with all members or at all times with each member. Please know that we are focusing on fixing this but, frankly, we don’t know when it will be fixed. As a charitable nonprofit with one engineer we all have to do what we can to “protect the quarterback” so he can keep focusing on the most urgent issues. With over 85 servers on various continents and nearly 11 million members and about a thousand ton(ne)s daily of items being posted there are a lot of moving parts, to say the least. Special thanks to our system administrator who is putting in a lot of time on this.

We truly appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this issue.

Deron Beal
Freecycle Executive Director

ONE5C: What happens to all outdated iphone cords:

Scrap or sell: The copper and aluminum in cables have value, says Deron Beal, founder and executive director of Freecycle, a site where people can give away items locally. You can sell your coffin of cords to a metal recycling facility (the places that crush cars). Beal recently got $20 doing so for a small box of mixed wires. If that sounds like too much work, post them on Freecycle.org or another buy-nothing group and a scrapper is likely to take ’em off your hands. 

https://one5c.substack.com/p/what-happens-to-all-the-outdated

Bleeping Computer: Freecycle confirms massive data breach

Freecycle, an online forum dedicated to exchanging used items rather than trashing them, confirmed a massive data breach that affected more than 7 million users

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/freecycle-confirms-massive-data-breach-impacting-7-million-users/

Graham Cluley: Freecycle users told to change passwords after data breach

Freecycle, an online community that encourages sharing unwanted items with eachother than chucking them in the bin or taking them to landfill, has told users to change their passwords after it suffered a data breach.

https://grahamcluley.com/freecycle-users-told-to-change-passwords-after-data-breach/

Freecycle Data Breach

On August 30th The Freecycle Network / Freecycle.org became aware of a data breach on Freecycle.org. As a result we are reaching out to to members to ask that you change your Freecycle.org password as soon as possible. We very much apologize for the inconvenience. 

Further information on the breach and on how to change your password may be found here:

https://freecycle.helpscoutdocs.com/article/319-data-breach-august-2023

   [and there is a “?” icon on that page if you have further questions for our Help Team]

The breach of data includes usernames, User IDs, email addresses and hashed passwords. Because of the exposure of personal passwords we are taking every measure to quickly inform members about the need to change their passwords. If you have used the same password elsewhere, you are well advised to change the password there as well. No other personal information was compromised and the breach has been closed and is being reported to the respective privacy authorities. 

While most email providers do a good job at filtering out spam, you may notice that you receive more spam than usual. As always, please remain vigilant of phishing emails, avoid clicking on links in emails, and don’t download attachments unless you are expecting them. 

Here are some useful links to help keep you safe:

https://haveibeenpwned.com/ Find out what past data breaches have involved your personal information. 

https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams#report (U.S.) Learn how to recognize phishing emails.

https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing#:~:text=Forward%20suspicious%20emails%20to%20report,(%20NCSC%20)%20will%20investigate%20it. Learn how to recognize and report phishing scams in the UK

Again, we thank you for your generous gifting locally and apologize for the hassle.

Sincerely yours,

Deron Beal, Executive Director

AVOIDING SCAMS ON FREECYCLE

Don’t be a victim. Never pay for delivery of a Freecycle item.

The incidence of scams is on the increase, on Freecycle and elsewhere. Here’s how you can identify a likely scam:

  • The offering member claims to have recently moved or posted to the wrong Town group and they need money to send the item to you.
  • The post contains a photo of an email address.
  • The subject of the post uses unusual punctuation or odd symbols, such as ~.ṀusicaĮ Įnstruments~
  • The offer seems too good to be true, especially if the member has recently joined Freecycle or posted the item to multiple towns that aren’t near each other. 

Any time you find a suspicious post, or are asked to pay for an item or delivery of an item, please use the “Report” button on the post detail page, or send a message to your town moderators. Please don’t become a victim of another delivery scam!

Thanks for helping keep scammers out of Freecycle!

YouTube: Inside the ‘buying nothing’ movement

Freecycle and buy nothing groups are gaining popularity online and through new apps as consumers find new ways to save money on everyday items as inflation soars.

AVOIDING SCAMS ON FREECYCLE

Don’t be a victim. Never pay for delivery of a Freecycle item.

The incidence of scams is on the increase, on Freecycle and elsewhere. Here’s how you can identify a likely scam:

  • The offering member claims to have recently moved or posted to the wrong Town group and they need money to send the item to you.
  • The post contains a photo of an email address.
  • The subject of the post uses unusual punctuation or odd symbols, such as ~.ṀusicaĮ Įnstruments~
  • The offer seems too good to be true, especially if the member has recently joined Freecycle or posted the item to multiple towns that aren’t near each other. 

Any time you find a suspicious post, or are asked to pay for an item or delivery of an item, please use the “Report” button on the post detail page, or send a message to your town moderators. Please don’t become a victim of another delivery scam!

Thanks for helping keep scammers out of Freecycle!

DON’T BE A VICTIM: NEVER PAY FOR DELIVERY OF A FREECYCLE ITEM

Don’t be a victim. Never pay for delivery of a Freecycle item.

The incidence of scams is on the increase, on Freecycle and elsewhere. Here’s how you can identify a likely scam:

  • The offering member claims to have recently moved or posted to the wrong Town group and they need money to send the item to you.
  • The post contains a photo of an email address.
  • The subject of the post uses unusual punctuation or odd symbols, such as ~.ṀusicaĮ Įnstruments~
  • The offer seems too good to be true, especially if the member has recently joined Freecycle or posted the item to multiple towns that aren’t near each other. 

Any time you find a suspicious post, or are asked to pay for an item or delivery of an item, please use the “Report” button on the post detail page, or send a message to your town moderators. Please don’t become a victim of another delivery scam!

Thanks for helping keep scammers out of Freecycle!