Farmers are being warned not to fall for a scam where fraudsters use online auction sites to ‘sell’ farm machinery and other vehicles which then never materialise.
In a recent case, an eBay buyer who was named the highest bidder on a quad bike in Alnwick, Northumberland, was asked to pay the money into an ’eBay holding account’ which police say is a well-known trick.
The victim realised she was being conned and immediately contacted the police.
Rural crime network FarmWatcher said the quad bike was ‘for sale’ under various names across the country and urged people not to bid on it.
Last week Leicester Trading Standards warned of a similar con where would-be local buyers had lost £30,000 after transferring money to pay for cars which did not exist.