A massive swaplift
Allegedly a BPAL.org member has swaplifted or attempted to swaplift about 100 people, which is absolutely staggering in its audacity. It may be more, since apparently she was using LiveJournal, too.
If you've arranged a swap with beneathglass, DON'T FULFILL YOUR END OF IT. If your package has already been sent, there's a post office employee who's helping folks. If you're on the BPAL.org forum, read this thread for info on how to reach him; he's managed to catch a number of packages before the alleged swaplifter could get her allegedly greasy paws on them.
For non-BPAl folks: A "swaplift" is where the bad guy sets up a swap--"You send me X, I'll send you Y"--and then keeps what you send and doesn't send her end of the swap. When this involves rares, it's really bad and really expensive. If you look at the list of reported swaplifts involving her, and you know anything about BPAL, you'll cry. This woman has allegedly gotten her allegedly greedy hands on some of the rarest of the rare BPALs, all while promising people the moon. Apparently she promised the same (possibly nonexistent) bottle of Orange, a REALLY rare Gaiman-related scent, to nine different people, for example. The chances of someone actually owning nine bottles of Orange are really, really slim, but no one knew she was doing this.
Breaks my heart to see this.
Update: She was also allegedly swaplifting on LiveJournal under the name lucid_phantasm. I had the sad duty of telling a Twitter BPAL buddy that she probably got swaplifted--but she'd procrastinated! She hadn't sent the package yet! yay procrastination!
This is absolutely a crime. It's mail fraud, it's a felony, and we're headed into multiple thousands of dollars worth of stuff she (allegedly) stole.
To give you an idea of what this woman (allegedly) did, bottles of Storyville, a very rare BPAL, are going for $450 on eBay, and she swaplifted some of that. This isn't some little twiddly two-dollar bottle of crappy-smelling dime store patchouli, folks, this is serious shit. And Storyville isn't the only extremely valuable BPAL out there.
Example: Bottles of Orange were available at only one Neil Gaiman appearance, a fundraiser last year for CBLDF; tickets to the fundraiser were $500, and each attendee got one, and only one, bottle of Orange and its companion imp, Dark Chocolate. Only about 100 bottles of Orange were produced. To even get a bottle of Orange you'd have to have gone, so the base value of a bottle of Orange is $500. She claimed to have nine bottles of Orange to swap, once everyone compared notes and tallied it up. (Apparently she thought we don't talk to one another. HA!) To get nine bottles of Orange would have cost you $4500 to begin with for nine tickets. The value of a single bottle of Orange on eBay now would probably be close to $1000.
And if perchance one of you in the readership got swaplifted, go to the forum right now and send in your documentation to the Somerville PO immediately. Otherwise they'll have to release your package to this (alleged) bitch.
I think why so many BPALers are upset by this is that we are a tight-knit bunch, we are not a wealthy bunch (some of us forego any other luxury, great or small, to buy BPAL), and we are a community that operates on trust. The kindness I experienced as a BPAL newbie floored me, and the kindness I have received from other swappers and sellers remains extraordinary. It's one of the most welcoming communities I have ever belonged to--it rivals this one, and in fact, surpasses this one at times. To have someone try to wreck it pisses me off to no end, and I'm not alone. She picked on the wrong people.