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Safety & Security centre

Buying and selling machinery and plant should be easy.

That's why we're dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for a hassle-free experience.

From vehicle history checks and scams to be aware of to our top tips to stay safe online, use our guides to buy and sell machinery and plant with confidence.

Queries and concerns

If you have any queries or concerns about safety and security on Auto Trader Plant, contact us.

Use the links above to contact us or telephone: 0845 071 0487

Avoiding fraudulent sellers

Avoiding fraudulent sellers

Fraudulent adverts are placed by thieves posing as sellers, often trying to make money from a hoax piece of machinery advertised at a bargain price. The seller (fraudster) will often redirect you to their website and ask for several deposits of money before they deliver the machinery, but, the machinery will never arrive and you will end up out of pocket.

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Fraudulent buyers and email scams

Fraudulent buyers and email scams

One of the most common online scams to affect all kinds of internet users is the Advance Fee Fraud, which encourages sellers to transfer "shipping fees" to "buyers" abroad.

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Be aware of Stolen Plant & farm Equipment

Be aware of Stolen Plant & farm Equipment

Telehandlers, excavators, loaders, rollers, trailers, dumpers, tractors, quad bikes etc. are stolen by organised criminal gangs and sold on to unsuspecting buyers.

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Fake Escrow/shipping services

Fake Escrow/shipping services

Fraudulent escrow/shipping services appear legitimate but are run by fake 'sellers'. The 'seller' places a fake advert with an unusually low price to grab the buyer's attention. When the buyer enquires about the vehicle they're sent a standard reply, promising to waiver the shipping costs and suggesting payment is made via a particular escrow service. Signs it may be a fake escrow service includes false licence numbers, logos and copyright details, as well as a mobile phone number disguised as a foreign landline. After the money is sent, the buyer becomes impossible to contact and untraceable.

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Useful contacts

Useful contacts

There are plenty of organisations which can help you if things go wrong, but if you have an experience - good or bad -let us know at enquiries@autotrader.co.uk.

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