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Boat buying scams and the Red Flags to watch for.

'Wow! Fantastic! They want to pay me more than I am asking!'    .

It’s summer boating season and some boat buyers and sellers are getting ripped off, says BoatUS. Scammers operate the world over, and below are the top scams reported to its Consumer Protection Bureau. Here are also some ways to greatly improve your chance of a smooth sale or purchase, no matter where in the world you are – and when to walk away.

Scam No. 1:
Getting a cashier’s check or money for more than asking price: Anytime a buyer offers to pay more for the asking price of the boat you’re selling – run away. Today, it’s easy for criminals to print counterfeit bank checks, and by the time your bank figures out the loss, the bad guys are far away, and you will be liable for the lost funds. Always contact the financial institution on which the check was drawn to verify the account, but don’t dial the phone number printed on the check, if possible. The amount of the bank check should also match in numerals and words, and the account number should not be shiny in appearance.

Scam No. 2:
A twist on the same for the electronic age: Recently PayPal has become a target for scammers. A phony buyer again asks to send substantially more than the asking price. Later, you get a fake confirmation email from PayPal with your user ID for more than the agreed purchase price – with instructions from the buyer advising you to send the extra money to a shipper. The scam can seem even more legit – if you refuse, you may receive additional fake email notices from PayPal threatening to close your account if you don’t transfer the extra money as per your 'agreement.'

Scam No. 3:
An escrow service scam: A bogus seller advertises a boat on a website at a low, but not scam-worthy price. When the scammer finds a buyer, they will tell them to use a legitimate sounding yet fictitious escrow service, like GoogleMoney.com. But once the funds are transferred, you’ll never hear from the seller again. It’s wise to use an escrow service for a long-distance purchase, but be very cautious with escrow services you’re not familiar with, and go with established providers such as eBay’s Escrow.com.

Some Red Flags:
Email red flags that mean you may be taken for a ride: Poor grammar, spelling and language use; no phone number for the buyer/seller; generic references (ex. 'merchandise') to the boat being sold; changing names and locations in emails; a buyer who shows no interest in haggling over price or seeing the boat firsthand; a buyer or seller who has no interest in discussing titling or verifying the boat’s Hull Identification Number (HIN).

For a free buying and selling guide for boaters, go to www.BoatUS.com/consumer.

About BoatUS:
About the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its Consumer Protection Bureau offers the only national complaint database, a dispute mediation service, and provides consumer-oriented information to help boaters make smart buying decisions. The member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. www.BoatUS.org


Helpful letter from reader:

Sender: Irwin Gaffin

Message: There is another scam that sellers should be aware of and that I almost fell for here in the Caribbean . The 'buyer' (through a legitimate broker) offers to pay your price, sight unseen, with the provision that he can take the boat for a week to cruise the islands with his family to be sure that it suits their needs. The scam? A free charter...!!! Seller BEWARE!


Thank you Irwin!


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