June 23, 2009
Once upon a time, there was a person selling their handsome hunter. Someone from Nigeria offered them $50,000 for the horse, and promised they would handle all the particulars of picking up the horse and send a certified cashier's check for the horse.
Um, you see anything odd about the start of this story? Like the buyer wants to purchase the horse sight unseen, with no prepurchase, and they keep calling the hunter, "the horse" with no specific inquiries about it... and they're from Nigeria. When was the last time you heard of a major hunter circuit happening in Africa? We don't know of any.
The point is, if you receive an email that gives you a weird vibe, in the exact same way that our opening paragraph did, then delete it. Over the years, we've occasionally been notified of scammers sending email inquiries to our sellers. Our response is always the same: Please be careful in your online dealings, and if you receive a message or inquiry that doesn't seem legit, it probably isn't.
So to conclude the story... The seller read the email, rolled their eyes, and with a click of the mouse sent the message straight to the trash. Then sold their horse, on Bigeq.com, of course, to a wonderful show home.