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post #1 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Good afternoon all...

Call this an awareness/heads up post. I found two horses listed as located in Virginia under the same location, emailed the contact and was told I could come out to see the horses; I didn't get a time or location but am still waiting on THAT e-mail back. In the meantime I went searching for video and found that at least one horse is in fact located in Minnesota and the ad on HorseClicks is a scam..also found the same horse with a a legit ad on Warmbloods for Sale and contacted the farm for confirmation of location for the horse.

While the second horse isn't confirmed as a scam, given that the contact number ion the HorseClicks ad is the same, I am using deductive reasoning.

If anyone uses this site be VERY careful. What got me suspicious was the difference in grammar usage between the ad write-up, the added sentence at the bottom of the ad and the e-mail I got back initially.

The farm in Minnesota indicated that they have had several of their ads scammed and have asked HorseClicks several times to remove the ads in past weeks but HorseClicks has not complied.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 02:39 PM
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While horse shopping I was looking at this site and Horsetopia as well. On Horsetopia there was a purebred Friesian for $1000. They did seem legit for the a while until it came time for me to for look at the horse.....nope. They would ship him to me for $800 down with the rest due upon reciept. I reported it and they removed the ad, the very next week it was back but with the horse in a different state.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 05:14 PM
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arab for sale on craigslist in NC, same picture, two different descriptions, two different prices.
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 05:27 PM
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Roseann, I had the literal same thing happen to me. Purebred Friesian for $600. Although when I replied to the ad they sent me pictures of 2 different horses, and the gelding's name was Rosie... I just stopped replying after they said they would ship him to my front door for free. It was on Horsetopia
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 05:33 PM
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Somebody used a picture of a saddle I had listed for sale on Horseclicks and advertised it as their own saddle. I actually got an email from someone asking when I was going to ship the saddle. I didn't know what she was talking about since I had already sold it. Poor thing got scammed for $500. Buying stuff online can be frustrating. That's for sure. Just make sure you never buy anything sight unseen.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I let the scammer know they were busted..they wrote back..."how do you mean?" Sent them all of the steps I had taken to verify location then let them know the ad, their e-mail address and the contact info they had listed has been reported.

Other than some place like eBay I would never buy anything online sight unseen.

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 09:04 PM
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The old saying is quite correct-if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn't. Google is your friend when looking up any horse for sale ads online. Google the phone number listed and/or the email-if you get a bunch of results for the same ad in many states your know you're dealing with a scam. I recently found one that was reasonable sounding, not your average "well broken gran prix trained Friesian for $1000" it was more credible, a QH trail horse for $875 but the ad sounded a little too good to be true. Google the contact number and that same QH is for sale in 15 different states (roll eyes)

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post #8 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 09:09 PM
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I also saw something about a Fresian (sp?) For $800. Emailed out of curiosity and noticed grammer issues. Gave my number and they called at 5:30 am, he had an obvious accent and I could hear people in the background. Lol
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 10:10 PM
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I haven't had this happen with horses but then again I never bought a horse from a far away place, but recently we were looking for a basset hound puppy and seen the same pictures in several locations with poor spelling, unbelieveably low prices and "free shipping to your door". All my adult life I have bought the dogs I owned as puppies from far away breeders and never had any problems but a few months ago when I was looking for a bassett I didnt find one legit ad.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-03-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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In this case they were caught quickly as I live in Maryland and know the Arlington area (I work in DC) and the area codes for contact just didn't look right. The responses back to the e-mails and how they were written (grammar and sentence structure wise) were just too questionable. They also never signed the e-mails..no.."thanks for asking..Erin" or "look forward to talking with you..Susan." Just odd sentences and no greeting or closing as we would normally expect to see. In truth, until I found the actual site for the farm I thought I was looking at a stolen horse issue. That is why I contacted the farm directly.
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