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First things first, whether you're buying or selling on HorseClicks.com, please be aware and avoid any deal/offer that looks suspicious. At HorseClicks, we’re continuously working to prevent scammers operating on-site, however, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or legitimacy of any Ad, or the validity of any buyer.
HorseClicks does not tolerate scammers and will instantly revoke access from the HorseClicks site. Horseclicks also has a number of automated tools that identify and remove scammers as well as stopping their re-registration. If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer, or have found non-legitimate ad please email:
Warning Signs - If you’re the buyer
How the scam works if you’re the Buyer
Fact is; scammers will attempt to pose as genuine sellers and post fake ads on classifieds websites. The ad can be for anything, such as rental properties, accommodation, pets, used cars, boats, bikes, caravans and horses. It may even include pictures and other details, often copied from a genuine seller’s ad.
In order to lure a number of victims in a hurry, the scammer advertises the item at a low price, often much lower than comparable items advertised on the same site.
When you show interest in the item, the scammer may claim that they are working elsewhere, travelling or have moved overseas and that an agent will deliver the goods following receipt of payment.
In the case of rental properties, after you show interest, the scammer will make excuses as to why you cannot inspect the property, often claiming that they are away or currently overseas. If you are still interested, they will ask for bond, rent payments or deposits in advance. You will never receive the keys to the property and the scammer will disappear with your money.
Scammers are quick to try and take you away from communicating through the website, they will try and lure you in using WhatsApp or even through email. (sometimes completely different to the address on the advert).
Warning Signs - If you’re the seller
How the scam works if you’re the seller
If you are advertising your items for sale through the online classifieds, beware of scammers posing as genuine buyers. Scammers may make up stories such as needing your help to pay an agent or third party for upfront costs like transportation or insurance. They may promise you reimbursement for these costs.
Alternatively, the scammer may send a cheque for more money than the agreed sale price. The scammer will invent an excuse for the overpayment, such as to cover the fees of an agent or extra shipping costs, or that it was simply human error. The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount – usually through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer – before you discover that their cheque has bounced.
A newer variation on this scam where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.
Example: They sent overpayment for saddle and wanted me to send that extra money by Walmart for some so called movers. They said she was relocating to this area. I did deposit the check but when I checked with the bank, the funds had been removed. Can’t be too careful.
In both cases above, you will lose the money you gave the scammer, and if you have already sent the item you are selling, you will lose it as well.