Farmers alerted after tractor scammer reappears on eBay
Date of alert:
Thursday, 25 August 2022
A sophisticated tractor scam has returned to retailing platform eBay after the same fraudulent advertisement snared 18 farmers last year.
The listing, which appears to have been posted by a compromised seller account, shows a 2006 John Deere 6620 tractor in “superb condition” for £8,999 – several thousand pounds below its market value.
This comes less than 18 months after Farmers Weekly revealed the devastating fallout of last year’s scam, which was posted to a number of compromised seller accounts, with listings showing in various locations across the country.
Simon Lane fell victim to the fraud last year, and contacted Farmers Weekly when he noticed that it had recently resurfaced.
“The scammers are so clever – they make everything look like you are dealing with PayPal,” Mr Lane said.