Scammers Are Looking For Targets. Don't Be A Victim!
Common Sense Pays Off
Take your time and research your purchase first; it could save you thousands of dollars! Simple precautions apply to all Internet transactions and, as always, common sense will help keep you safe:
- If a deal seems to be too good to be true, it is.
- If you don't know the buyer/seller, investigate him or her thoroughly.
- Don't be influenced by an extreme sense of urgency by the other party.
Facts to Keep In Mind
- Sandhills Publishing publications will not call or email requesting sensitive or proprietary information such as passwords, usernames, etc. Any calls or emails regarding your account will come directly from your advertising representative and not from a general ‘department’ of any sort. If you have doubts, always call your advertising representative to confirm.
- We do not offer warranty or guarantee services. We offer paid advertising, and we do not participate or partner with others in any other aspect of transactions. Sandhills Publishing is not affiliated with any third-party financing companies, shipping companies, or brokers.
- Our corporate Web sites can be reached by using any of the following addresses: www.sandhills.com, www.sandhillspublishing.com, www.sandhillseast.co.uk, and www.sandhillspacific.com.au. Alternate addresses may be fraudulent.
- A scammer will often try to pressure you into making a quick decision or ask you to pay up front or to forward payment to a third party. All of these are warning signs that should not be ignored.
Types of Scams
There are dozens of scams and thousands of scammers out there. For more info about Internet scams in general, see www.fraud.org/learn. At Sandhills Publishing, our security team sees such scam attempts as the following:
- Phishing Email: An email is sent to you as a "lure" to get you to click on a dangerous link, perhaps one that unloads malware or that takes you to a site that will attempt to steal (password or other) info. Always be cautious about the links you click on in emails; if you hover your mouse pointer over the link, you can often see the actual URL it links to—if the link is different than where it says it’s linking, that’s a danger signal. If you receive what appear to be a phishing email from or through one of our websites, please contact your Sandhills sales representative immediately.
- Scam Phone Call: Someone calls you and says (for instance) that he has a buyer for an item you have listed on one of our sites, and for a fee can arrange a sale; or the caller may offer to sell equipment at a greatly reduced rate. Often, you’re pressured to send money up front—a sure sign of a scam
- The Overpayment Scheme: The buying company will send the seller a certain amount over the agreed selling price, requesting that the seller then send the overage amount to a shipping agent. Victims of this scam have paid the ‘shipping agent’ before the check from the buyer clears. They then find that the buyer’s check does not clear, and they are out whatever amount they have sent to the phony shipping agent.
Whom Do You Trust?
On the Internet, you’re often dealing with people you’ve not met and whom you have no real reason to trust. That’s why our advertising representatives work hard to establish an ongoing, one-on-one, personal relationship with our customers. It’s about building trust. If you have questions, concerns, or problems of any sort, please call or email your representative—he or she can tell you whether someone contacting you has any connection with Sandhills.