Police have reminded farmers to be vigilant when undertaking online purchases after a farmer was scammed in a fake online tractor sale.
Using eBay, a well-known selling site, the Orkney farmer had transferred payment for the tractor but the account appeared to be fake, with the seller now uncontactable.
Chief inspector Matt Webb of Kirkwall Police Station said: "We have received a report involving a fraud where tractors are being advertised for sale online and payment requested to be made through a fake PayPal account.
"We would always urge people to be vigilant and to do their due diligence when buying online, particularly if purchasing expensive equipment.
"Fraudsters go to great lengths to make themselves appear legitimate so it is important to take your time to ensure you are buying from a genuine seller."
NFUS Orkney regional chairman, Alan Corrigall, added it was upsetting to hear about scams hitting the farming community, especially within the region.
“The reality is that those looking to scam and defraud are ever present and this incident must help serve as a reminder to all of the potential pitfalls when purchasing online,” he said.
Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 for advice or to register concern.