If you place a classified advert on the website (and you will read similar warnings on other websites too) you may be contacted by a ‘scammer’. The message you will receive will be poorly worded, like these examples:
“I am inquiring about your (saddle) Which is for sale,How long have you own it ?What is the condition? And what is the final Price? please i can only make payment via PayPal,waiting for your respond email@example.com “
“Sent the me the picture and the asking price. Reply to: Paul maier, firstname.lastname@example.org”.
It was sent at 3.30am – another clue that it isn’t genuine.
A response back to the above scammer led to a further email as follows:
I am okay with the Terms and Condition of sale as seen on the advert including Your Final asking Price as Stated.
I have gone through the content of the advert once again am very satisfy.Payment will be made out via a Check which will be issue to you for the payment and pick up will be arrange after the Cheque is Fully Cleared by your Bank.
I will not be able to come over to view it because im always busy at work but i believe that all the details of the advert are right and will want update about the Service History. You don’t have to worry yourself about the shipment, My Shipper will take care of pick up as soon as you confirm the payment is Cleared by your Bank. let me know if there is any other miscellaneous payment like,the tax charges, etc that will be added to it.
Transportation and maintenance cost will be added to the Total amount that will be issued on the Cheque, it will be used By My shipper who will be coming for the Pick Up at your location after your bank confirms cash available for use.My shipper is the one that will act on my behalf regards the documentation of the change of ownership so any signation will be sign by my shipper pick up and other all necessary detail information will be fill by shipper so don’t worry yourself about the change of ownership documentation will be taken care by my shipper.
Get Back to me with information listed below in order to make out the Cheque and payment will be issued and send from Kent via first class Mail
Name to Be Write on The Cheque
Address To Send the Cheque To so you receive and get it Deposited in your bank.
Your Phone Numbers.
Whilst Hereford Equestrian does everything possible to make it difficult for scammers, it is impossible to prevent all attempts. If you aren’t sure whether an email is genuine, contact Hereford Equestrian for help.
Please note, Hereford Equestrian will never ask you for credit or debit card details by email. In fact, HE doesn’t even have the facility to accept debit or credit cards except via Paypal.