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Old 23 July 2012, 05:58   #11
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I'm not saying its acceptable or I agree with them. Just what they stated. I do not agree its in their interests to have as many ads as possible though. The scams do not have active phone numbers for a start, so they make no money from it. Plus the more fake ads they leave running the more people leave the site having been conned.

Look at it from their side. They offer free adverts to all. Is it for them to decide what's so cheap it must be a scam ? How would you feel if they pulled your genuine advert because they thought it was too cheap ?

The only way to combat it is to charge for adverts but even then whose to say the scammers won't pay a few quid to gain your trust...

Yes I've seen lots of scams on other sites. Granted the B/O site is by far the worst I've seen but then again it's the biggest boating sales site in the UK so it would be.

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Old 23 July 2012, 06:51   #12
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Not wanting to tempt fate Pete, but we offer free ads on here and without any full time staff (although willk is close!) get very little spam or as far as I know scams. There are automated tools which could be developed or adapted to help identify risk of scam and then enable moderation, without every ad needing approved, and similarly to block ip addresses of known scammers. I'm not sure if they are deliberately complicit or just naive but am its surely only a matter of time till someone steals there market by offering a well designed site that is full of useful and relevant content.
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