Safety and security

1. How to spot fake emails

Phishing fraudsters try to obtain your confidential or personal information by sending emails that look genuine, but could ask you to submit details on an unsecure site. Look out for:

Suspicious – someone who you would normally receive emails from?

Subject lines – with a sense of alarm e.g. ‘Security Alert’ or ‘’Your account will be suspended.’

Untitled emails – which don’t address you by name and say something like Dear Customer…

Information requests – genuine companies never email you for User Names, Passwords, Date of Birth or Credit Card details.

Links within emails – it’s always safer to type web addresses rather than clicking on links.

Top tip! You can hover over hyperlinks (or buttons) to see the underlying website address (URL).

2. Protect your PC, tablet or mobile

Update your browser – newer versions have higher security and some will also warn you when a page you’re visiting is unsecure. Check out your browser’s security features to see what they offer.

Software updates – use a reputable, up-to-date security package and run regular scans to keep your system free from Viruses and Malware. Set it to update automatically so you don’t have to remember to do it.

Use strong passwords – create unique passwords that can’t be easily guessed. Avoid common words or people’s names and remember to change your passwords regularly.

Top tip! Make sure your passwords are at least 8 characters long, a mixture of upper and lower case letters and include some numbers too.

3. What to do if you’re not sure an email is from us

If you get an email that looks like it might not be from us, don’t worry – just forward it to us at and we’ll be more than happy to deal with it for you.

If you would like further information on this subject please click on the links below:

  • Trading Standards:
  • Serious Organised Crime Agency:
  • Other scams:
  • Metropolitan Police Fraud Alert:

We are currently aware of a number of fraudulent advertisers operating in the Used Machinery marketplace. Please be aware that due to the nature of the products advertised in Farmers Weekly and on it’s important that you exercise caution before entering into any deal with a Seller. Farmers Weekly and are not responsible for any part of any transaction that takes place between a buyer and a seller. In addition we do not offer any insurance or security against fraudulent sellers.