Protect yourself from fraudulent internet activity
Horseguide advises users to be aware of fraudulent operators on the internet. A common characteristic of someone conducting fraudulent activity is their immediate offer of financial gain. Their emails are often written in poorly constructed sentences.
These emails generally originate from overseas, including African, Asian and European nations. The individual may try to pursue your bank account details, of which we advise you to be very cautious.
Scammers who use Paypal
Additionally, these scammers typically try to pay for a purchase via paypal, or will try other tactics using paypal to launder money from you. These people can contact you via email or text you via mobile phone. Horseguide recommends that you do not conduct a transaction with anyone offering to use Paypal, unless you are confident that the person you are dealing with is genuine and authentic. Do not provide any personal information to anyone who offers to pay via paypal.
This includes bank account details, address and phone numbers or clicking on unverified links they email you. To protect your privacy, do not include your email address in your advert description. People can safely email you via the query form on your advert without you requiring to provide your email address.
To sum up, if something sounds to good to be true, then it is. Should you believe you have received a suspicious email, please avoid further contact with the individual and alert horseguide and/or relevant authorities. Further information can be found at ScamWatch.An example is included below of typical email from a scammer:-'HELLO, I SAW YOUR HORSE AND I WAS TEMPTED TO MAKE INQUIRIES ON IT. PLEASE I WILL LIKE TO KNOW YOUR LAST OFFER, AND WHAT WILL IT COST FOR THE SHIPMENT DOWN HERE IN MALAYSIA? I WANT TO BUY THIS BREED FOR MY ONLY DAUGHTER AS A SPECIAL GIFT FOR HER WEDDING. PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REGARDS
You may contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks,damon victor
Below is an example of a typical text from a scammer. "I want to know if your horse on horseguide is still up for sale, plz email me on email@example.com ".
This person then tries to launder money by requesting Paypal on the next text or email.
Buying a Horse sight-unseen
Worth the risk? Horseguide recommends that all buyers refrain from buying a horse 'sight unseen'. An independent vet-check should be considerered as mandatory for any horse being purchased this way. What you see in photos is not what you always get. Unfortunately, some people conduct misleading activities by selling horses sight unseen that differ substantially from the original photos. Avoid this scenario through common sense!
Secure Payments through Horseguide
Horseguide is a security-conscious website. Your credit card payments are conducted by Paypal, one of the world’s leading secure credit card payment merchants. All transactions you conduct through Paypal use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to ensure the utmost of security for all transactions.
Horseguide does not store any credit card information.