Fake adverts con equestrians out of £70k
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