Joined: 28 Nov 2005
|Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:36 am Post subject: Internet Scam Beware!
I received the following email from someone that had posted a tractor for sale on the classified section of this site. This is not the first time we've seen this scam nor are we the only site where it's happening.
|We appreciate being allowed to advertise tractors on your web site, we have sold 2 this way. There is a scam we wonder if you are aware of. Always from someplace in Europe. The "buyer" wants to send a check in excess of the purchase price, you pay the shipper, then the buyer will get the tractor. Of course he never shows up, but he has the money you paid for shipping, we wonder how anyone can fall for this, but people do. It has happened twice, we have turned all that over to our local police dept. One was from the UK, one from Holland. |
I have spoken to local officials about this several times and they say there is nothing they can do to help. Tracking down the person responsible is almost impossible and they wouldn't have jurisdiction anyway. The best i can offer is this warning; use your head and never accept a check for anything that is made out for more money than the purchase price of your equipment with the intent that "you" will pay the shipper or agent to move the tractor. If you do you will most likely lose your money and your tractor....... that's the bottom line.
Be safe and use your head,
If you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will ---- Abraham Lincoln