A farmer seeking to buy a second-hand tractor has been caught out by an elaborate online scam.
The purchase saw the farmer transfer a payment of £6,330 earlier this month for a John Deere tractor on what appears to be a fake website.
The victim, who owns a smallholding in the UK, says the seller is now uncontactable.
“It is £6,000, which hurts financially, but it could have been worse if I’d bought a £40,000 tractor,” said the farmer, who does not want to be named.
“My concern is that other farmers who might purchase an even more expensive tractor than me could be duped, as I have.”
The farmer was searching the internet to buy a tractor with a bucket to help reduce some of the manual work on his holding when he stumbled across a website called A&K Farming (ak-farming.com).
He spotted an advert for a…