South Yorkshire residents alerted to fake 'horse buying' scam

South Yorkshire residents are being urged not to fall victim to a horse buying scam that has left some people thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 07:02 am
Updated Friday, 11th May 2018, 07:16 am
Cybercrime.

Fraudsters are placing fake adverts on reputable equestrian sale websites to scam victims out of large amounts of money.

Victims are told to pay an up-front fee for the horse and shipment only to later find that it doesn’t exist.

Action Fraud - the UK's national cyber crime reporting agency - is alerting residents to the scam and urging them to not fall victim to it.

“If you are looking to buy a horse online, it is vital that you thoroughly check the details of where you are making the purchase from and be sure to follow our advice below.

“We urge those who think they have been a victim of fraud to report this to Action Fraud.”