It’s come to our attention that a fraudster has been posing as a Kelsey Publishing employee, and ‘selling’ bogus advertising space in Tractor & Machinery magazine, and possibly other titles, too.
A Ford & Fordson Tractors magazine reader, who had been selling a tractor in the free classified section, was called out-of-the-blue and offered a deal for £6.50, that would see his tractor re-advertised in Tractor & Machinery magazine, for greater exposure.
The caller seemed convincing, knowledgeable and credible. He talked the talk and convinced the reader to reveal the bank details he needed to access their account. Then, the following morning, the reader discovered that a significant sum of money had been taken from the account.
Kelsey Publishing takes this sort of fraud extremely seriously, the police have been informed and investigations are ongoing. In the meantime, we should reassure all readers that nobody from Kelsey Publishing will ever contact customers regarding an upgrade to a free, classified advert.
It’s not clear yet whether there have been other instances of this fraud, but what’s happened already should serve as a serious warning to all. Consequently, readers should be on their guard for new cases of this sort, and must never reveal any bank details to strangers on the telephone.