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Police: local horse trailer site a fraud

Local report

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office urges online horse trailer shoppers to beware of a European-based website falsely claiming to be a used trailer dealer in Medford.

A website claiming to belong to a KSD Trailers in Medford nearly bilked a woman in Ohio Thursday, according to a Jackson County Sheriff's Office release. The website, accessed Friday evening, states that the business is located at a non-existent address in the 3400 block of South Pacific Highway.

The website, accessed Thursday evening by the Mail Tribune, states that the business delivers horse trailers nationwide from the Medford location, but a Jackson County sheriff's deputy confirmed that there's no trailer business in that area between Medford and Phoenix, according to the release. The company doesn't appear in local business directories.

The website lists bumper pull, gooseneck and living quarters trailers at what appear to be market values in the United States, but suspiciously lists prices with "US$" and no commas.

An Ohio woman contacted the sheriff's department Thursday after attempting to transfer funds to the company. The victim's bank interrupted the transfer after alerting her that funds were destined to a bank account in Spain.

The apparent scam mirrors a nearly identical Roseburg report from September, according to the release. A website claiming to be a Roseburg company called "DKS Trailers" garnered a Better Business Bureau complaint Sept. 22. That website is no longer active, but the company never registered with the Oregon Secretary of State, nor was the business listed in local directories.

Customers locally and nationally who are affected by online fraud should contact the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

A screenshot of a website falsely claiming to be a Medford horse trailer business. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo