If it sounds too good to be true...By Tami Johnson
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is asking you peculiar questions that are already answered within your MorganShowcase listing page, then offering you the asking price or more for your horse, sight unseen without negotiation, then asking you to participate in a non-customary business practice (such as forwarding additional funds to an unknown third-party or asking you to pay the shipper with the extra funds)—alarms should be going off.
Furthermore, individuals should instantly become wary of any foreign party (excluding Canada, of course) interested in purchasing their horse, requiring substantial delivery and transport arrangements. We do have legitimate sales to Great Britain, Germany and Sweden, and a few other European countries, but they are generally easy to discern as valid buyers. If you are uncertain, forward your email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you try to determine the legitimacy of a potential buyer.
If individuals ever knowingly defraud their banks as result of participating in one of these scams, they may be putting themselves at risk of becoming the targets of an investigation and possibly facing federal charges.
If you feel that you have been a victim of this type of scenario, please contact the US Secret Service at: (202) 406-5572.
Buying a horse and want to make sure it is what the seller says it is? Don’t take a chance. A plane ticket and hotel room are much less expensive than the cost of buying, shipping, boarding/training and then re-marketing the wrong horse. Unless you’re willing to lose your investment and go to the trouble of finding your bad purchase a new (hopefully the right) home, then you should not be balking at a few travel expenses. The old saying “buying the horse is the least expensive part of horse ownership” is really true.