South Holland online shoppers warned about fraudsters selling vehicles and machinery
A new warning about fraudsters selling vehicles and machinery online has been put out in South Holland.
Agricultural machinery and vehicles are among items that fraudsters are using to tempt their targets who are then sent a bogus email which appears to be from a legitimate source, such as PayPal or Escrow.
But the emails are designed to persuade buyers to pay upfront by bank transfer, rather than using a secure payment method online.
Once payment is made, buyers then collect their goods under the mistaken belief that a “cooling off” exists when they can claim a refund if they change their mind when, in fact, the money has gone straight to the fraudster.
This means that buyers have a false sense of security that their money is being looked after by a trustworthy third party when it is not.
Buyers are advised never to part with money for a vehicle before seeing it in person and avoid paying by bank transfer as it offers little protection in cases of fraud.
Instead, you should use a credit card or payment services, such as PayPal.
Finally, if buying from a company or person that is not know, carry out some research first, or ask friends and family for advice before completing a purchase.
To report an incident of cyber crime, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.