|Buyers and Sellers Beware |
www.boatshop24.co.uk visitors have informed us of a number of scams that they have recently experienced.
If you hear of, or experience, any scams that you think should be included here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As time goes on, thieves find increasingly ingenious ways of stealing from the unsuspecting public. There is plenty that you can do to help yourself, much of it is common sense, below are some examples of such frauds.Fraudulent Marine Trader Media Emails
A number of emails have been received by our visitors claiming that we would be willing to ‘broker’ or become involved in the transaction of payment for items found on www.boatshop24.co.uk. This is not the case as our service is intended to introduce sellers to buyers. We do not sell, broker, insure or finance any items advertised for sale.Fraudulent Sellers
A small number of fraudulent adverts have been placed by people posing as sellers. When potential buyers have tried to contact the seller they have found that the phone number is faulty, invalid or constantly diverted to voicemail.
On questioning this point by email the seller informs the customer that they are unable to use the phone due to deafness, a recent accident, illness or that they are away on business and that they can only converse via email.
The seller asks for a deposit or the full price to be wired to them but after they have received the money they create an excuse as to why they cannot release the vehicle, need more money to be transferred or become impossible to contact.
Be cautious if the advert or ensuing emails are full of spelling mistakes and bad grammar, as this seems to be a trait of fraudulent adverts.
All buyers should be cautious if a potential seller cannot give you a telephone number or insists on communicating by email only.
Don’t hand over any money until you’ve seen the item or are satisfied that the item and seller are genuine. Even then, don’t be pressured into giving a large deposit; most genuine sellers will be happy to accept a small deposit to hold a item.Important links
Please do not email the Metropolitan Police unless you have details of the fraudsters bank details, address or telephone numbers. Also bear in mind that the Metropolitan Police covers the Greater London area. For help across the rest of the UK, please contact your local force.
If any of the above is true, or the deal sounds suspicious in any way, then you may be a target of fraud (see examples below).
If anyone is aware of ANY activity that is questionable you should take appropriate precautions.
Below are two examples of emails that have been received by boat sellers:
If you do receive one of these emails, or something similar that seems suspicious, please contact us by forwarding your details and the email to email@example.com
1.Its present condition
I will be making payment with a certified check if
Hope to hear from you soon.
This is an email from a seller who was a victim of fraud:
I was caught out by these guys to the tune of £xxxx because of a loophole in the banking system. Most people are under the misapprehension that once funds are drawable on the account (after 5 days) the funds are irrevocably cleared but this seems not to be the case although I am contesting this with my bank. On the 5/6th day you send them a Post Office Moneygram for the shipping costs and they cancel the cheque. This is possible in the banking system at the moment.
|1.) Scams That You, As The Seller Of Boats, Should Beware Of:|
With many people advertising vehicles or boats and other items on the Internet it has come to light that prospective buyers are contacting the seller to purchase the property.
The prospective purchaser is normally from one of the West African countries. They advise the seller that they, the purchaser, are owed money by a UK based company. This company will forward a sterling cheque to the seller for an amount several thousand pounds in excess of the selling price. This cheque from the UK company is a colour copy and has been compromised. They request that the seller lodges the cheque and forwards the excess amount by Western Union to them and they will arrange shipment of the goods.
What happens is that the cheque is lodged and apparently cleared to the sellers account. He withdraws the excess and forwards the cash via Western Union to the purchaser. After about ten days the cheque is returned to the issuing company who query the cheque with their bank.
Consequently it is found
that the cheque has had the number changed
on the bottom of the cheque and in fact the cheque
is much higher in the number sequence and has not
yet been issued. The bank then withdraw the
funds back from the seller's account and he is
|2.) Scams That You, As The Buyer Of Boats, Should Beware Of:|
The second scam is when a person receives a fax or
an e-mail advising them that a person has died and
relatives are being traced in order to pass on an inheritance.
The deceased person is usually of the same family name
as the recipient of the fax/e-mail. They normally use
less common names and have probably obtained these
from the telephone directory or similar sources.
Most of the alleged purchasers use a free e-mail
address mainly at Yahoo or Hotmail. It is
possible to re-mail the e-mails to the nuisance
desk of the ISP who can then close that e-mail
address in an effort to prevent it being used for
future fraudulent activities. The nuisance
desk (a bit like BT nuisance calls) is abuse@whicheverISP
they are using. eg. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|3.) Recently reported scams:|
A number of advertisers have reported dubious enquiries from Capt. Brent Fowler, purporting to be a US military captain based in Afghanistan or Iraq. He has a sum of money hidden in a mine in either of these countries, and says he wishes to send this to the UK via diplomatic channels. He will ask recipients of enquiries to sell him a boat using this money, and requests that they send the balance of payment to his Swiss account.
The enquiry is fraudulent - please do not respond if contacted by someone claiming to be the above officer, or anyone who wishes to purchase your boat without viewing. Remember, if the story is too good to be true, it generally is!