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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 13th Mar 18, 6:27 PM
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    New Scam
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    • 13th Mar 18, 6:27 PM
    New Scam 13th Mar 18 at 6:27 PM
    Hi

    I received a message from a buyer today stating that there is a bug in Ebay and/or Paypal systems that causes the last letter of her postcode to change when she purchases something and because it is the wrong postcode then RM will not deliver? I've already shipped it.

    Laughable I know. Luckily it was only a low value item.

    I totally don't believe the buyer, given that there is only one road in her town with the same name.

    Posting here just to remind others to check addresses on RM website before shipping. I am not a business seller and had a lot of items sold around the same time so must have missed checking this one.

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    • ballisticbrian
    • By ballisticbrian 13th Mar 18, 6:41 PM
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    It doesn't sound like a scam to me. It sounds like someone who knows all their mail is slow and arrives with the wrong post code on, but they can't figure out it's the paypal address.

    Under the eBay user agreement, it is the customers duty to provide an accurate shipping address. Based on the message they've already sent to you, you would probably get eBays backing if it failed to get delivered. (and eBay backed me up when it happened - they take this quite seriously)
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    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 13th Mar 18, 6:48 PM
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    Agree with the above. Last letter of the postcode won't make much difference. It will most likely get there in the end but slowly if its the wrong address. Even if they convinced you to change it to a slightly incorrect postcode then I don't see what difference it would really make. If it couldn't be delivered then it would be returned.

    Not everyone on Ebay is out to get you.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 13th Mar 18, 6:52 PM
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    • 13th Mar 18, 6:52 PM
    We had something similar with paypal - except in our case it was the first letter of the postcode that was missing, so a couple of parcels ended up far, far away.

    Luckily, the post office must have realised that the post code was wrong and re-directed both parcels.

    Paypal couldn't explain why the first letter had been 'dropped', but it seems to be ok now.
    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 13th Mar 18, 7:39 PM
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    Sorry I should have added more. The buyer said that Royal Mail will NOT deliver but other delivery companies will.
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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 14th Mar 18, 9:29 AM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 9:29 AM
    Agree with the above. Last letter of the postcode won't make much difference.
    Originally posted by mrcol1000
    Might depend on whether the last letter is valid or not... In my street, changing the last A to B just means it ends up a block further on, changing the last A to Z means it ends up on the other side of the road but changing the last A to V becomes invalid. So RM might have to check and put it to one side but another courier just goes by the road name - and then gets lost because they use a satnav to actually get there...
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 14th Mar 18, 2:16 PM
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    • 14th Mar 18, 2:16 PM
    Might depend on whether the last letter is valid or not... In my street, changing the last A to B just means it ends up a block further on, changing the last A to Z means it ends up on the other side of the road but changing the last A to V becomes invalid. So RM might have to check and put it to one side but another courier just goes by the road name - and then gets lost because they use a satnav to actually get there...
    Originally posted by NBLondon

    Just checked and the postcode is the same street name, obviously it's a long road so the postcode last letter changes for the other end of the street.
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    • custardy
    • By custardy 14th Mar 18, 3:22 PM
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    Last letter wont make any difference except the sorting machines wont read it.
    first part with letters/numbers gets it to its delivery office.
    DOs dont use postcodes for delivery sorting unlss its an address query.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 15th Mar 18, 2:42 AM
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    Worst case it ends up with 2 different postmen who split that street? Wrong one takes it back and sticks it out for the other round the next day?
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    • custardy
    • By custardy 15th Mar 18, 7:31 AM
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    Worst case it ends up with 2 different postmen who split that street? Wrong one takes it back and sticks it out for the other round the next day?
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    items at DO level dont sort by postcode.so they would be sorting by the house no.
    • in_the_Cotswolds
    • By in_the_Cotswolds 16th Mar 18, 8:30 PM
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    Sorry I should have added more. The buyer said that Royal Mail will NOT deliver but other delivery companies will.
    Originally posted by Ms Chocaholic
    Yes we do. I have delivered letters and parcels without postcode. As Custardy says it's all to do with knowing your rounds and customers.

    • kangoora
    • By kangoora 18th Mar 18, 12:34 AM
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    Every Xmas we get an almost completely wrongly addressed Xmas card from my DWs uncle via Royal Mail. And we do ask, every year, for them to update their address book...lol

    Wrong last name (B substituted for D at start)
    Street address correct
    Incorrect post code, only first 3 correct - others just wrong

    The irish postal service will take some beating in delivering mail though http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-43328227
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