How to contact other users - and beware of scammers

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How to contact other users - and beware of scammers

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Contacting other users

The Forums offer two ways to contact other users, PM and email. We recommend that you don't put contact details in your post, as anyone, including web crawling robots, can see them and harvest them. PMs and emails are private.

Click or tap on the username to see their profile and there are links to send PM or email. On a computer there's also a 'contact' icon on the right. If you send a PM, the recipient gets an email from to tell them they have a message. The PM stays in your Outbox until they read it. If you send an email, your message is sent directly to them, also from admin. This only works if they have kept their profile up to date with any changes in email address and check their spam folder, so you may want post "I've sent you a PM/email".

If you have posted contact details and regret it, click the ! symbol on the post concerned and ask a Moderator to edit the post for you. You can't edit your posts yourself except in the first 60 minutes.

Beware Scammers

If you're buying or selling anything, please be aware of possible scammers. This site is only a means of communication and any deal you do is entirely your responsibility. It's not like eBay. We try to weed out spammers and scammers but we have no way to check the background of any users.

We've heard from a user who placed a 'Wanted' advert and received a PM offering a boat for sale, with a request to contact an email address directly - fortunately he spotted that the photos of the boat had been used in a previous scam. Trust only people you know, and be wary of anyone offering to courier a boat to you, or asking you to courier a boat to them. If you do all communication by PM or email through the Forum, the presence of an independent record may discourage scammers. You can also click on a username to find out how long they have been a member of the site, and how many posts they have made - although a lot of genuine paddlers do join just to post in the For Sale area. If you're unsure about an advert or offer, try checking the photos on Google reverse image search - if they appear anywhere that isn't obviously connected with the person claiming to be the seller, that's a concern.

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