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Scammers unfortunately are everywhere using the Internet and most are based overseas so it’s very difficult to track them down and prosecute. As such, it’s important to educate yourself and be aware of the types of things to look out for. If you think you’ve encountered a scam that doesn’t match in to any of the below examples then please contact us so that we can update this section of the site and keep people informed.

TEXT MESSAGE If you are contacted via text message and asked to email the person then in all likelihood this is a scam. It is designed to get around security procedures so do not respond. If you receive a text message where the sender is labelled as "Equivont", this is also likely to be a scam. The scammer is attempting to contact you via an anonymous web-SMS service, where you can manipulate the sender's details.​ Equivont will never send you a text message via SMS.

DELIVERY SCAMS Be aware of last minute changes from potential buyers that require you to pay for delivery. If you are asked to pay for a courier and the buyer says they will add it to the cost of your product then don’t, it’s a scam.

PAYMENT SCAMS If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. If a seller will only contact you by email, their phone doesn’t work, they only accept payment via western union or paypal or they are overseas then unfortunately that bargain you’ve found doesn’t really exist. Report this listing to be removed from the site.

GOLDEN RULES If something sound too good to be true, it probably is.

Do not pay any money if you are the seller.

If the seller indicates they are overseas then do not continue.

Unless you have the cash in your hand or money in your bank account, you have not been paid.

Do not respond to text messages asking you to contact them via email.

Control the transaction. You decide payment and transport details.

Talk to the buyer/seller. A scammer will avoid talking to you.

There is no such thing as an 'Verified Trader'

Do not trust documents sent to you via email. Fraudulent copies of paypal or western union documents are easy to create.

If you are in any doubt, contact us


SCAM EMAIL EXAMPLES Hi mate, Thanks for the response to my mail, i am ok with the price and i would like to purchase it from you, so would want the advert removed online. I am a British citizen and i reside in Cardiff, i am also a staff of Chevron and I work offshore (NAME: Alba Phase II, LOCATION: North Sea Northern, UK. BLOCK: 16 / 26 WATER DEPTH: 138m RESERVES: 400 million barrels recoverable reserves DISCOVERED: 1984 FIRST PRODUCTION: January 1994). I would like to use this medium also to inform you that i will not be able come inspect the horse or pay cash as i am presently at work and had my online banking facilities attached to my bank account disabled (i lost alot of money using it in the past). I want to propose payments via pay pal cos it is the only option i am limited to now as i am off shore and it is secure, easy and convenient to make and receive payments as i do have a Premier pay pal account which has been active over the years and is different from the regular pay pal account that encoun ter problems nowadays. If you don't already have an account, you can log on to and set up an account then let me have your pay pal email ID so i could make an instant payment. I will also arrange for pick up and shipment after i complete purchase. My pick up agent will handle paper works with you when they come for pick up of the bike. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks for the swift response...i am willing to know the lowest price of the horse.due to the nature of my job and location...i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it. As per the pick up don't worry about that because i have my own private courier company and the courier services company will will be coming to pick it up. With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the courier services company agent so you don't have to worry about that. I'll like you to send me your address so that the courier services company can figure it out and come for the pick up and other necessary things....more so,send me your PayPal details(PayPal email) so i can pay in.

G'day, Sorry for the delay, but I've been busy. I've just moved in Sydney NSW. No need to worry about the horse because is with me. The horse is located in Sydney at a local shipping company. In the price is included the shipping taxes (anywhere in Australia). No accidents and it runs perfectly. If you are still interested, please reply and I will give you all the details about how to get it! Cheers!

Thanks for the mail.. i would have loved to talk to you on phone but i work mainly offshore, our phone is down on the right now due to bad weather, we can only communicate with our base for now.await your reply asap.

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