The Validation Process and the benefits of membership.
Why is validation necessary?
In recent years, and in common with every other free site, fraudsters had appeard and were creating fraudulent adverts as well as spamming multiple advertisers with the obvious intention of fraud.
Most fake ads were intercepted by myself before anyone else saw them, but some did get through to the users. The fraudsters were/are getting better and better at it.
Ive actually lost count now, of the number of fraudulent adverts manually deleted, its been hundreds. It really started in 2015 when 4 police reports had to be made. In 2016, this rose to 8 reports, and Just in January 2017, there were Two more. I was also served a court summons as a witness, on another matter related to the site, which fortunately I did not have to attend, however I was getting very disheartened. The Authorities seem to be unable to deal with this wide ranging issue, essentially leaving it for individual websites to deal with. A very unsatisfactory situation to say the least.
After expermenting with numerous free ways, I reluctantly decided that the only way to stop the fraudsters was to introduce the £10.00 registration fee, along with postcard validation.
I am very pleased to say, that the fraudsters have now moved on to softer targets, as, to my knowlege, I have not had a single scammer since.
What happens with your tennerAfter Card processing fees, and the post card creation fee, your Tenner becomes just over £9.00, depending on where you are. With the rest, to promote youths into flying, I have agreed with Sports Flight Scotland, and Microlight Scotland, to help fund a Flying training Bursary. They were already doing two places taking the lucky participants to a minimum of solo standard, so now that has been increased to 3 places. I know its not a great deal, but at least its something positive. In April 2018, I personally witnessed one of the female Students doing her first solo, and afterwards, she was absolutely thrilled. saying it was the best experience she had ever had in her life to that point. So I was very pleased, afors could help a bit. This particular sudent, is studying an aeronautical Engineering degree at University, and Colin has persuaded her to set up a University flying club, so many more young people can experience this same thrill. I am pleased to report, that the University has agreed to have the club, and will supply some funds, So If there is any Registration money left at the end of the year, this is where it will go. You may also notice, an optional donation box on the registration form. 100% of your donation will go to this project, which we hope will encourage other Universities to follow similar lines.
The process begins at the account creation page, where you are required to complete the registration form, with your name, physical address, and a valid e mail address.
You will be sent an e mail, via a well respected transactional e-mail service from Mail Chimp, the service,
called Mandrill, is both secure and reliable. E mails are sent immediately, there should only be a short delay before you actually receive it.
If you use a service like Google mail, please remember, that they do not always deliver mail immediately. Sometimes it can take a few hours before getting to your inbox.
There is also in place, e mail verification systems, most e mails will not be marked as spam, however, if you cant find an e mail you were expecting from afors, please check your spam folder as it could be there.
Other common causes of not receiving an e mail, is that you may have typed it incorrectly in the first place, afors will then send to a non existent address. Thats why there are two fields for the same e mail, to try and catch some of that.
Within the e-mail sent out, is a link, with a unique code attached. Upon receipt of the e mail, you will need to click through on the validation link, this process simply confirms that the e mail address is valid and can receive e-mails from the afors system.
Immediately upon confirmation of this e-mail, three complimentary advertising credits will be allocated to your account.
This wil allow you to create an advert with immediate effect. There is no need to wait for the next step, which is address validation, via the post card.
However your advert will be marked as " ** Validation Pending ** ".
The next step in the process, is that the system will automatically generate and post a post card with another unique code on it. In the UK this is sent Second class, and for the rest of the world, it has to go by air mail, which costs 70p
When you receive the post card, you should enter the code into your account on afors. This will have the effect of marking any ads you made with "address validated".
In addition, the system will update your account with a further 2 paid credits, which you can use at your discretion.
The benefits of becoming fully validated.
On becoming 'fully validated', you will receive up to 3 advertising credits every 30 days. The credits are not cumulative.
So you will have a maximum of 3 complimentary credits at any one time.
This will allow you to place additional adverts or have advert refreshes every now and then, this is usually enough for most people.
If you are a private advertiser, and you find this is not enough, just drop me an e mail and I will be more than happy to give you additional credits to cover your need.
Your adverts will be marked as " ** Validated User ** ".
You will aso be allowed to contact other advertisers freely, using the Private message system.
You may have noticed, that afors, is served up via an encrypted protocol (https://), this means, that the security of the site has been stepped up, communications via the site are very secure.
There is a Private Messaging Section, where users can communicate in a secure manner.
afors, will not reveal your e mail, or address to any third parties, unless directed to by the legal authorities.
Thanks and enjoyAlex