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Personal safety and security when using the forum.

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by DCUKMod, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    From time to time, on a forum such as this, an unfortunate set of circumstances or actions arises, giving one or more members concerns. Examples of what might happen might be an inappropriate attachment from one member to another, suggestions to go off-site to one-to-one contact within, say, WhatsApp, Facetime or Messenger. Other examples would be for the sort of scamming activity we might see on TV; perhaps individuals looking to raise funds for “medications/treatments/emergency repatriations” - just as examples.

    I am sure we are all familiar with those “Foreign Prince” email scams that encourage us to part with our money, but it is less easy to spot a clever bit of manipulation on a forum – especially one populated by fellow travellers along a sometimes tricky diabetes path. We have a natural “me too” response to much we read.

    So please remember that we only have each other's posts to go on, for everything we know about our fellow posters. DCUK have a system of checks and an active moderation team, but while it may be easy to spot a scam email, it can be less easy to spot a dishonest poster. Sometimes someone may post on the forum with the goal of extracting money, whether by promoting products, encouraging Private Messages or by a sob story.

    Should you ever find yourself on the uncomfortable end of any of those circumstances, or indeed something else, please hit the Report Button, immediately. The Report button is located under every post, and every Private Message conversation entry. Please check that you know where the button is. Alternatively, email forum@diabetes.co.uk to express your concerns.

    Any such concerns will be thoroughly investigated, and where necessary, actions taken.

    Raising a Report or emailing your concerns is not telling tales. It is playing your personal part in the safe and happy running of diabetes.co.uk and a valuable feedback loop into the site Management/Admin Teams.

    The safety, security and privacy of our members is paramount to us at DCUK, and we do need your assistance to ensure, where at all possible, any undesirable behaviour or actions are prevented or nipped in the bud.

    Many thanks for reading.
     
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  2. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Just bumping this thread back up to the top of the Recent Posts list, so that as many people as possible will see it.
     
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  3. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    a further bump for reasons above................
     
  4. Brunneria

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    archersuz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for this post, and the advice contained within.
     
  6. sally and james

    sally and james Family member · Well-Known Member

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    Could I just encourage anybody who is on the receiving end of a plea for money, be it from people begging on the streets to fraudsters on forums, say "NO". Give your money, if you are able and feel the need, to the (or a) appropriate charity, who will then make sure that your gift is spent appropriately. You will have done your bit and need have no guilt.
    Sally
     
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