Gardaí have advised that extra caution is needed if sellers ask for money to be sent to PO boxes or money transfer companies rather than bank accounts. This advice came as a number of machinery scams have been detected in recent weeks and months.

In one case, a tractor was advertised at an attractively low price, with a UK number for farmers to contact. It transpired that the photograph in the fraudulent advert had been taken from the website of a legitimate tractor dealer, without him knowing.