Police are warning farmers in Dorset of an eBay scam involving tractors.

The scam came to light after a vigilant farmer enquiring about a cheap tractor for sale on eBay noticed that something was wrong.

The seller stated that he was a farmer operating out of Sturminster Newton.

Not everything appeared as it seemed and enquiries were made.

Enquires at the farm the seller was stating he was from revealed that a tractor was not being sold and that the seller was false.

It also became apparent that the pictures on the website were stock photos from a sale a number of years ago.

Fortunately, thanks to the vigilance of the farmer, no financial loss occurred.

Dorset Police have contacted eBay to request the sale be taken off site to prevent further loss.

Police have asked readers to share this warning, to make farmers aware of the scam.