...Caveat emptor…buyer beware.
This forum does not warrant the quality of goods offered for sale, nor does it vouch for the trustworthiness of its membership. Hence, buyers are advised to be cautious especially when dealing with people that you do not know or don't have first hand recommendations for. Below are some steps that you may wish to consider taking to help protect yourself.Firearms
…when buying or selling a gun the law dictates that the transaction must be face to face. This works in your favour as you can see the gun and the seller before parting with the money. It is wise not to send money before the transaction. When using RFDs to send and receive firearms it is usual to send the money first before doing so. Ask for a copy of the sellers FAC, suitably marked as "copy only", only the front page and firearms possessed pages are necessary. This will ensure that the seller is bona fide as the gun will be on his certificate. It also gives you his details in the event of an issue arising. If the seller is unwilling to send a copy of his FAC then ensure that the gun is with the sending RFD and entered on his register by communicating directly with the sending RFD before releasing the money. Most FAC transactions are genuine as holders have potentially a lot to loose if they fall foul of the law and don't deliver the firearm. Condition and functionality with second hand firearms is another matter altogether so view before you buy and check out the sellers returns policy. Breaking firearms law is a far more serious offence than a trading law breach.Deer Stalking
… reliable word of mouth recommendation from someone you know has undertaken such stalking being offered by a specific syndicate is best. Like other walks of life, stalking has its scammers. E.G., make sure there is
deer, of the species sought, on the land being made available; that appropriate insurance is in place; that there is recourse for recompense if it all goes wrong. In addition, obtain and understand terms and conditions; consider the implications of allowing a syndicate leader to be a FAC mentor; make sure ‘coaches’ are suitably qualified; consider the quality of deer management, the construction & execution of a shooting plan and safety; determine if the land is over-shot.
If in doubt, contact BASC or similar.http://www.basc.org.uk/Anyone considered to be a scammer will be banned without warning