FENLAND: Beware of the fraudsters

I WAS recently contacted about a horse I was selling and the person buying the horse agreed terms and sent me a cheque for �5,000. He wanted me to then pay the company that would be collecting the horse their fee, which was �3,000.The cheque arrived, bu

I WAS recently contacted about a horse I was selling and the person buying the horse agreed terms and sent me a cheque for �5,000.

He wanted me to then pay the company that would be collecting the horse their fee, which was �3,000.

The cheque arrived, but we noticed it was a fake, and contacted the police.

The other party continued to chase us for payment to have the horse collected, and we were to send payment to a UK Abbey bank account and we were also given a UK mobile number to contact.

We contacted the police straight away and it is now over a week and we are being chased still by this guy wanting his money.

I contacted the police this morning, who appear to have done nothing except pass it around internally and their advice this morning, tell the guy we know it is a false check and that we have contacted the police.

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With so many people falling victim to this sort of fraud, here we had a live case with UK contacts that they could follow up on, but their only advice was to tell the guy we know it is a fraud.

No wonder there are so many frauds going on out there if this is the treatment we receive when we give them the heads up on one.

I hope you will be able to warn others.

We spotted this very early on as a fraud but others may not be so fortunate.

The cheque looked very real and it was only because I checked with the bank re the sort code before banking it, I discovered it was not real.

PAUL NEVE

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