Fake ad­verts con eques­tri­ans out of £70k

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Ad­verts claim­ing to show horses for sale that have later been found to be fake have cost prospec­tive horse own­ers nearly £70,000, says a na­tional fraud re­port­ing cen­tre. Ac­tion Fraud, the UK’s na­tional cen­tre for re­port­ing fraud and cy­ber­crime, has re­vealed that be­tween 2014 and 2017, vic­tims in­volved in a scam of fake ad­verts of horses for sale were tricked out of £68,717, equat­ing to an av­er­age loss of £3,436 per vic­tim. The ad­verts in ques­tion claimed to show horses that were based in the UK. Vic­tims were later told that the horse was else­where in Europe and would need to pay up­front costs for the pur­chase and ship­ping of the an­i­mal. Pauline Smith, head of Ac­tion Fraud, says: “This type of fraud can have a sig­nif­i­cant and se­vere im­pact on the vic­tims. “If you’re buy­ing a horse on­line, it’s vi­tal that you check where you are mak­ing the pur­chase from.” Ac­tion Fraud say to be wary of horses be­ing sold be­low their real value, es­pe­cially if a quick sale is sought, and to be cau­tious of buy­ing a horse with­out see­ing it.

Fraud­sters have left eques­tri­ans out of pocket

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