Used Tractors
Tips to Avoid Internet Scams
Terahub strives to provide an accurate, easy to use service for its customers. The vast majority of advertisers on our site are legitimate, however, like all classified advertising publishers, we are not able to verify the accuracy of all the listings on our site. By taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid being the victim of an Internet scam.


Overseas Shipping Scam. An overseas shipping scam is being used on various classified ad sites by fraudulent advertisers. We want to make you aware of this type of fraudulent activity so you can avoid it.

The scam works like this. The fraudulent ad indicates that the item is in the U.S. When a potential buyer sends an email to the advertiser, the advertiser then tells them it is actually in a foreign country. The advertiser is selling the item below normal prices, and the shipping cost will be very low as well, making the item attractive to a U.S. buyer. The seller tells the buyer they can pay for the item after it arrives and they have inspected it. When the buyer agree to the purchase, the seller claims to have it shipped. The shipping company then contacts the buyer and asks for a wire transfer to pay for the shipping cost. The shipping company sends a bill of lading and tracking number for the shipment. They give the buyer a URL of the shipping company web site and ask the buyer to make payment there. The site is well designed and looks legitimate. It asks the buyer to enter their payment information. In reality, the web site is bogus. It is a fake site set up by the advertiser to look like a legitimate shipping company. The seller and the shipping company are the same person. The seller takes the payment for the "shipping", and never sends anything.

Spotting Fraud

  • Be cautions of an unusually low price. If an item is listed significantly below the usual price, take extra steps to verify the seller's claims.
  • Be cautious with international sellers. Many Internet scams originate from overseas. In addition, United States laws may not apply if a dispute arises. Shipping large items overseas is very expensive. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Use an escrow service with private parties. Terahub reommends to provide a secure way to buy or sell your vehicle. Buying with a credit card may also give you some protection if a dispute arises. If the other party suggests a particular escrow service, verify that it is a legitimate company before giving them any information.
  • Verify the Seller's Name, City, Email, and Phone. Be cautious if any of the contact information on the ad is not accurate.
  • Proof of Ownership. Private parties selling an item should be able to produce evidence of Title, Registration, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or other specific information.
  • Proof of Possession. Request information or photos only someone in possession of the items could supply. This could be a specific photo, such as the bottom of the engine, the actual VIN marked on the frame, or a close up of a specific part.
  • Be cautious of Free Shipping. Reputable dealers often have their own trucks and will ship vehicles short distances for free. Shipping a vehicle longer distances can be very costly and should result in a higher than average price. Trailers and smaller items can sometimes be an exception to this.
  • Be cautious of eBay photos. EBay places an identifying mark on the bottom of all photos on their site. If a photo that is posted on Terahub has the eBay mark, be cautious. If the seller actually has possession of the item, they should be able to post their original photos, or send them to you.
    Ebay Watermark
  • Never send money orders, cashiers checks, or wire transfers unless the item is already in your possession and verified to be exactly what you agreed to buy.
  • As a Seller, never accept overpayment requiring a refund. A known scam has the "buyer" sending you a counterfeit cashiers check or money order for more than your asking price, then asking you to "refund" the overage before your bank detects the fraud.

Some Known Scams

Non-Delivery of Item - Seller promises item is yours at a great deal if you wire the deposit in a hurry. Upon sending funds, seller disappears and no item is shipped.

Overpayment by counterfeit check - A buyer pays by counterfeit cashiers check or money order above your asking price. They ask you to send the overage amount to them by wire transfer before the check clears your bank.

Overseas Shipping - Seller says they will pay for shipping to you from overseas, and you can make payment for the item after you get it. They eventually ask for some bank or personal information for any number of reasons. They won't agree to use a reputable escrow service for payment either. Of course they don't actually have an item to sell, they are trying to get your personal information for identity theft.

Spoof or "Phisher" emails - An email is sent to you that appears to be from a respected or trusted web sites. However, the sender is actually a scammer that hopes to get unsuspecting recipients to reply with confidential information, or click on a link contained in the email that goes to a web site requesting personal information such as passwords, social security numbers, or credit card numbers. Terahub will never send you an email asking for passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc. If you receive an email asking for personal information claiming to be from Terahub, please disregard it.

Report Suspicious Activity

To report suspicious activity on our site, please send an email with the ad number and details regarding why you suspect fraud. We appreciate your help in ensuring that Terahub is a safe marketplace for everyone.

Some Fraud Information on the Web

Federal Trade Commission
SEC Cyberfraud Tips
National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) Buy or Sell Online Without the Fear of Fraud