We thought we would use our newsletter to bring the scam to your attention so that all of our customers remain vigilant!
The scam usually works like this:
- A trailer is advertised for a good price to catch a potential victim's interest.
- The 'seller' provides an emotional back-story to explain the sale and pull on your heartstrings. For example, one scam that we have seen involves a woman who claims that her husband has died so she wants to sell his trailer to help her move on.
- The 'seller' claims that they are abroad - meaning that they ask for payment before delivery.
- The 'seller' supplies an image of their passport - which is false - to appear credible and convincing.
- The trailer never arrives, leaving the 'buyer' hundreds - or even thousands - of pounds out of pocket!
We would advise you all to be careful when buying trailers online and make sure that you never pay the full price up-front. You can always pay an initial deposit and then pay in full either when it is delivered or - even better - when you go to pick it up and check it out in person. Remember, if the seller is legitimate, they shouldn't have a problem with this!