well having just read the new rules, I can't see any way that maggiethomas would have been stopped by them, because she would have met all the criteria Tamsin's asking for (although she probably lied about having a license for a raffle - no proof is needed so she'd still get away with that now)
I think Twinsen Patrick's idea (I think it was - on Maggie's thread) that you should only be allowed to start a fundraiser after so many posts, is a good one.
Looking at Craftster's forum swap rules, because these have to protect people from being ripped off by scammers as well - they insist minimum age 16yrs old - good idea.
Must have been a forum member for at least a month, and have made at least 15 posts - good idea.
Must be sole user of the account - good idea.
Also occurred to me with Maggie's scam - how would you stop someone using a library or other public computer for such purposes, in which case they would be hard to trace?
I think more proof should be asked for by moderators approving the fundraiser too - certificate of legality if needed should be verified.
And if a photograph of a 'prize' is shown, it must be proven to be original and genuine, not a copy/paste from an online shop. Face it if someone can't afford to buy a camera, they can't afford to donate a generous prize for funraising.
Bearing in mind that many forum members are young, trusting and naive to the ways of criminals, and will happily give away their address as well as money to anyone, regardless of online safety it seems ('maggie' now has everyone's address from paypal!) I do think the rules need to be more stringent than posted on this thread, as regards proving someone is genuinely a forum member, with real goods, which they really will procure when needed.