Texans warn ranchers about scams

Sellers deliver lower-quality cattle, hay and equipment than they show buyers on the internet

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Ranchers are being warned that scam artists are using the internet to bilk them when they either buy or sell cattle, hay or equipment.

Buyers issue bad cheques to ranchers for purchases arranged on the internet.

Sellers deliver lower-quality cattle, hay and equipment than they show buyers on the internet.

Special rangers of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) offer these tips:

  • Verify with a trusted source the bona fides of the person with whom you are attempting to do business.
  • When selling items consider payment options such as an escrow service or online payment system.
  • Never accept a cheque or cashiers cheque for more than the value of the sale. One scam often adds an amount for delivery.
  • Confirm cheques are valid by contacting your bank or the issuing bank.
  • When buying items never issue payment until the items are received unless you have complete trust in the seller.
  • Always inspect and document livestock or items before taking delivery, and ensure that you have the right to refuse delivery.
  • If you believe that you are a victim of a bait and switch purchase, act quickly. The more time that lapses, the more it appears that you were initially agreeable to the transaction and the ability to remedy the problem erodes.

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