User Address Validation
As of April 2017, all new users pay a nominal £10.00 for registration, however, I did not make this a mandatory requirement for existing users, who only needed to confirm their e-mail address.
The Registration fee was never designed to make lots of money, rather, It was introduced in an attemt to Stop Scammers using afors, and I am very pleased to say, that it has worked effectively.
To Validate, You have to enter your postal address into the registration form.
The site then generates a unique security code and automatically prints and posts a postcard with this code on it, very much the same as Google do for validating map editors.
On reciept of the Postcard, a user has to insert the security code into a form. This is available by clicking on the Little man Icon, which is on the top menu bar next to your name.
Once a user has completed validation, the little man Icon will disappear, never to bother you again.
If you are an existing user, who has not yet validated, you can do so by going to the existing user form. You will need to log in first of course, so the site knows where to allocate the registration fee.
You will need to use a Credit or Debit card, as I have found PayPal lacking suitable security controls.
The Provider I use Stripe, is a Global card processor and has a particularly robust security system.
Please be aware, that whilst afors is trying to ensure scam free adverts, it is still up to the purchaser to decide whether to purchase without meeting the advertiser and viewing the goods. I would always recommend Viewing the goods, but realse this is not always possible.
In an effort to help, There are 3 potential messages at the top of every advert, which are as follows.
This means the user has entered the unique code from the postcard.
Advertiser validation pending.
This means that the user has been sent the postcard, but has not yet entered the code
Advertiser NOT Validated.
This means the user has not entered an address for the postcard. The advert is more than likely still genuine, as it was placed by a user who has been registered before April 2017.