There are many 'scams' around that try to part you
with your money. Whilst many of these originate overseas there are also
people operating within the UK that may sound both genuine and
knowledgeable about karting.
If you are a buyer...
send funds via an instant money transfer service such as Western
determine whether the seller will accept a
payment method with better guarantees for both parties, for example
an online payment service such as PayPal (but see the next point
below). If not, ensure you
understand the risks of using other ways of transferring funds.
- When using an online service such a PayPal, check what buyer
protection policies they have and if there are any exclusions.
PayPal, for example, allows you to send money "as a gift", but this
removes any buyer protection they offer if you then have a problem
with the seller.
caution when using bank transfers - this is the equivalent
to handing over cash to a complete stranger. Always ensure you
have sufficient information about an individual before sending money
- a verified address and landline telephone number should be the
If you are a seller...
- NEVER accept more money than you
are asking for and refund the difference to the buyer. This is
the most common form of scam and often involves the "buyer" sending you
a forged cheque that will clear into your bank account and only then
do you need to return the balance to them via Western Union or some
other form of instant money transfer. Some weeks later your
bank will bounce the cheque and debit the amount from your account.
- Although you usually have to pay a percentage
and/or transaction fee, use an online payment service such as PayPal
which offers some protection for both buyers and sellers. Any fees such a
service charges may be small compared to the potential loss from a
- If you are posting an item, always use a postal
service that offers tracking and provides adequate insurance cover
for the goods.
- Never meet people that you do not know alone,
especially if you have expensive equipment or cash with you.
- Just because someone sounds knowledgeable about
karting does not always mean they are trustworthy. Sadly there
are fraudsters in all walks of life, and some people will perform a
great deal of research before contacting their intended victim(s).
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Further Advice and Reporting Online Fraud
If you would like more information on common types of online fraud, or
believe you have been a victimof such activity and would like to report the
crime, visit the ActionFraud website at
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