- What is the purpose of the Lost My Stuff Group?
- Why should I join this Group, if my metal detecting club already provides this service to people?
- How do I join the Group?
- Do I have to be a member of Facebook to join the group?
- What personal information is required from people who join the Group? Who has access to this information?
- How do I report a lost item to the Group?
- What happens when someone sends a Lost Item Report to the Group?
- Does the Lost My Stuff Group search for and find all the lost items that get reported?
- Can I have Lost Item Reports sent to me as text messages to my cell phone, so I can receive them while I'm out detecting or otherwise away from a computer?
- How can I get a copy of a Lost Item Report?
- Why do some of the pointers on the Members Map have names/labels on them in addition to their ZIP/Postal Codes? How can I have one added to my map pointer?
- If I join the Group will I start receiving spam, sales literature or other unsolicited email?
- What are the expenses of the Group and how are they paid for?
- How can I make a donation to help support the Group?
- How do I submit a Success Story for publication on the Group Website?
- Who can I contact to ask questions or make comments about the Group or its activities?
- Where can I download copies of the Group's Flyers for posting in my area?
What is the purpose of the Lost My Stuff Group?
The purpose of the Lost My Stuff Group is to provide FREE search assistance from people with metal detectors to people who have lost rings, bracelets, or other jewelry or metal objects outdoors and would like help to try and find them. We don't charge a fee for our services, nor do we expect a reward when we're successful. Our only goal is to help people in need, because we all believe it's just the right thing to do.
Why should I join this Group, if my metal detecting club already provides this service
For only one reason -- so you'll be able to help more people!!! All Metal Detecting Clubs have members who are more than happy to help people search for lost stuff if asked. But knowing who to contact when you lose something, especially when you're on vacation or away from home is difficult at best. The Lost My Stuff Group wants to change that. We want to become "The Place" to contact -- "The place" people know they can always contact to find some free help to find something, no matter where in the world they happen to be at the time. Joining the Lost My Stuff Group won't affect your relationship with your club at all, it will just make you much more available to people looking for help.
How do I join the Group?
If you would like to join the Group, just sign up on our Volunteer Page. Once you do that you'll receive an email from us to confirm your email address, and when you reply to that email you'll be subscribed to the Group. Note: If you don't promptly receive the email as expected, check that your email system hasn't accidentally put it in your junk/spam folder!!!
Do I have to be a member of Facebook to join the Group?
No! There's no requirement whatsoever for our Group members to be Facebook members. If you are a Facebook member, we do appreciate it if you "Like" our Group as it helps us get the word out that we exist!
What personal information is required from people who join the Group? Who has
access to this information?
The only personal information required is the members name, email address, and where they live (city, state/province, country, postal code). We also request a telephone number, but this isn't required. The telephone number is only used to let a member know emails we are sending are getting returned to us as undeliverable, so we can resolve the problem instead of just deleting the member from the Group. The only person that has access to this information is the Group moderator. This information will never be sold or shared with anyone.
What happens when someone reports a lost item to the Group?
The first thing that happens is the report gets read to make sure it isn't spam or something. After that quick check, the report is then reviewed to determine if any additional information is needed to better identify what type of search will be required to try and find the item. If additional information is required, the person who reported the lost item will be contacted and once the additional information is collected, if it's possible for the Group to help the Lost Item Report will be posted on our website and sent out to our Group members.
If upon receiving a Lost Item Report any of our Group members determine they are in a position/location to help, they will contact the person who reported the lost item and see what can be done.
As we state on our website, the Lost My Stuff Group is a FREE service. We don't charge a fee for our efforts, nor do we expect a reward when we're successful. If anyone who contacts you to help search for your lost item indicates they are a Lost My Stuff Group member and requests any sort of fee or reward for their efforts, or offers to rent or sell you any equipment you can use to search for your lost item yourself, or requests you to sign any sort of contract or agreement, please notify the Lost My Stuff Group ASAP by sending an email to Owner@lostmystuff.net with as much information as possible (the person's name, email address, phone #, what was said, etc.). We will look into the situation immediately --- This should NEVER happen.
Does the Lost My Stuff Group search for and find all the lost items that get
Unfortuantely no... The Lost My Stuff Group currently has enough Volunteers available and in the right locations to search for about 60% of the lost items that get reported. As we get more and more members, we of course are able to search for more and more lost items. Of the lost items our Volunteers do search for, over half of them are generally found.
Can I have Lost Item Reports sent to me as text messages to my cell phone, so I can
receive them while I'm out detecting or otherwise away from a computer?
Yes, you can receive Lost Item Reports as text messages on a cell phone, and it's actually quite easy to set up. This isn't a special iPhone ap or anything like that. Every cell phone has an email address, so... if you want the Lost Item Emails sent to your cell phone in addition to your regular email address, just send us your cell phone email address and we'll set it up.
If you don't know what it is already. your cell phone's email address is just your 10 digit cell phone number (area code + 7 digit number), followed by the @ sign, followed by the cell phone service carrier gateway address. As an example, a typical cell phone email address for an AT&T cell phone would be firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. (Both of these addresses work just fine, but members have indicated they get better results by emailing to the multimedia (mms.att.net) address. Using the standard (txt.att.net) address the email length is truncated after so many characters and it also gets partitioned with a bunch of 1 of 9, 2 of 9, 3 of 9, 4 of 9, etc... break points).
Before you send us your cell phone email address to add to the list, please make sure you test it first!!! Send your cell phone an email (to what you believe is your correct cell phone email address) to make sure it's correct and so you know how it will display on your phone. Also take into consideration that these messages will cost you the same as text/mms messages on your cell phone bill...
Below is a list of gateways we have found for several major US Carriers:
[10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@mms.att.net (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
[10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
[10-digit phone number]@mycingular.com
[10-digit phone number]@sms.mycricket.com
[10-digit phone number]@mms.mycricket.com (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mymetropcs.com
[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
[10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
[10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
[10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)
Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
How can I get a copy of a Lost Item Report?
To get a copy of a Lost Item Report simply click on the "Request a Copy of a Lost Item Report" menu button. After providing your Group email address and indicating which Lost Item Report you would like a copy of, the Lost Item Report will be automatically emailed to you.
Why do some of the pointers on the Members Map have names/labels on them in addition
to their ZIP/Postal Codes, and how can I have one added to my map pointer?
Many members wanted to "personalize" their map pointers to better identify themselves on the map, so if a member asks, we label their map pointer with a short label of their choosing. (Many members use their usernames from Metal Detecting forums they are on). If you would like a label on your map pointer just send us an email indicating what label you would like added.
If I join the Group will I start receiving spam, sales literature or other unsolicited
Never!! The only contact you will ever receive from the Group will be Lost Item Reports and possibly notifications of changes to the Group or the website. Nothing else.
What are the expenses of the Group and how are they paid for?
The only expenses of the Group are the expenses incurred by the members when they help people search for lost items, and the expenses to maintain the website. All members donate their metal detecting skills, time spent, and travel expenses helping people search for lost items and several others donate the time & funds for maintaining the website. Donations are accepted to help support the Group from all who are generous enough to contribute!
How can I make a donation to help support the Group?
Just click on the "Donate" button beneath the Navigation Menu on any website page and this will let you send a donation to the Group via PayPal. All donations are greatly appreciated!!!
How do I submit a Success Story for publication on the Group Website?
Just send all the information to the Group moderator at Owner@lostmystuff.net.
Who can I contact to ask questions or make comments about the Group or its
Any questions or comments concerning the Group or this website can be sent to the Group moderator at Owner@lostmystuff.net.
Where can I download copies of the Group's Flyers for posting in my area?
At the bottom of this page!!!
Below are Flyers (in pdf format) that we created for posting in public places to let people know about the Group. They are full-sized, one flyer fits on a standard size (8-1/2" x 11") sheet of paper.
As we expand our services to countries other than the USA, we will be translating our Flyers into additional languages and adding them to the list below:
The below Craigslist Post (in pdf format) is an example of an ad we've successfully posted on Craigslist to let people know the Group is available to help them search for their lost stuff. If there's not one already posted on your local Craigslist, please consider putting one up!