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Online classifieds are a great way to buy or sell just about anything nowdays and to reach a huge audience in the process. Unfortunately, from time to time we're hearing of new scams doing the rounds, so here at Equine Adverts we'd like to do our best to fight these scammers and help to make you more aware so that you can protect yourself from falling victim to any of these yourself.
These scams aren't limited to equestrian classified sites like Equine Adverts, but are found on online classifieds in general - and sometimes even offline (in the "real world"), so we'd be grateful if you could let us know of any new scams you hear of, and also spread the word yourself to help make as many people aware as possible!
We've outlined some common scams for you to be aware of below. If you come across any new ones, please let us know so that we can add them to this page.
Some "buyers" will contact you offering to buy your horse and issue a cheque or bankers draft of a higher value than your horse is worth. They often instruct you to give the excess funds to their shipper or to return the excess to them via a money transfer. The bankers draft will be a fake and in a couple of week's will have bounced, but in the meantime you've handed over money to their "shipper" and they have your horse. These scammers are usually from overseas and won't have even seen your horse in person before agreeing to buy it. So look out for any warning signs like these.
Try to deal with people only in person and in the same country as yourself. If the buyer doesn't even see the horse before offering to pay up, alarm bells should start ringing! Would you buy a horse without even seeing it first?
Horses that are not the owners to sell
Make sure you do your background research before handing over the cash for a horse - check any registration documents, passports or vaccination certificates to make sure that the horse is in the owners name. There are far too many stories of "owners" having horses on loan and selling them on as their own.
The horse not being as advertised
Whatever you do, make sure you see the horse in person before you buy and again do your research! If you suspect an advert you see online is not genuine, please let us know.
Really, the number one priority is to trust your gut and use your common sense. If you have your doubts about anything, something's probably wrong with the deal, so don't risk it! You can also contact us if you're unsure of anything or come across any new scams.
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