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The Old Saw Evolves

May 4, 2016
News: General News

Last year, we began printing a smaller Old Saw newsletter focused on Guild business. By printing and mailing concurrent with The Journal, we enforced a schedule on The Old Saw. However this year, the money for printing has dried up as noted above. So The Old Saw goes back to being online only.

Also, to remain timely, we felt material needed to be published more frequently. Our answer is to publish one article at a time in PDF form (rather than as a blog post) as they become available. This will be branded as “Old Saw Articles” and will predominately focus on Guild business as we have for the past year.

A new page on the website will host each numbered article presented as an individual PDF file along with a short teaser. You can read the PDF online or print it yourself. The new section will be seeded with the 18-20 articles we have going back to the beginning of last year. We will use TouchUps to bring new articles to your attention as they come online throughout the year. All past issues going back to 1990 will remain archived on the website.

The target date to go live is within the next two weeks.

Jim Seroskie

Be Aware of Scammers
Answering These Ads!

Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!

I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.

BE CAREFUL!!!!

Peter

HOW THIS SCAM WORKS

If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.

The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.

The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.

A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.

If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.

I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.