Farmers Beware of Internet Fraud

With online transactions now the norm, farmers are also becoming the victims of internet fraud.

Recently a Northumberland farmer lost £2,300 after buying a second hand Claas Mower over the internet in what has turned out to be a fake machinery scam. The victim purchased a Claas Disco 3000 Agricultural Mower for £2,300 after winning the item on the popular auction site Ebay. The victim paid for the mower by BACS wire transfer directly to the “seller” instead of the PayPal system. Ebay have now confirmed that the transaction was a scam and the buyer never received the mower. Police investigations of bank records of the transaction were traced to Barclays Bank in Liverpool despite the item being listed for sale some 430 miles away in Scotland.

The moral of the story of caveat emptor “buyer beware” applies and we are sure many farmers still believe that cash on delivery is good enough.