Farmers are being warned to remain vigilant for scammers when buying machinery online.
The warning from NFU Scotland (NFUS) comes after an Orkney farmer was caught out trying to purchase a tractor on eBay.
The farmer transferred payment for the tractor to what appears to be a fake account and the seller is now un-contactable.
NFUS regional chairman for Orkney, Alan Corrigall, said: “It is always upsetting to hear about scams hitting the farming community.
“The reality is that those looking to scam and defraud are ever present and this incident must help serve as a reminder to all of the potential pitfalls when purchasing online.”
Chief Inspector Matt Webb from Kirkwall Police Station said: “We would always urge people to be vigilant and to do their due diligence when buying online, particularly if purchasing expensive equipment.”