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Reader Submissions: Horse Selling and Buying Scams - Your Stories

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We’ve all heard the axiom ‘buyer beware’. But on the internet ‘seller beware’ is equally applicable. If you’ve tried to buy or sell a horse online, there is a good chance you’ve been contacted by a scammer who will deliver big promises but little else. Most commonly, you’ll be offered a price far above that which you set, and told you may have a percentage if you’ll cash the check and forward the balance to another person or organization. Often they’ll be written in very poor English, or they will be unusually ‘chatty’ in an effort to make you feel comfortable and draw you in.

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