Monday, January 7, 2008

Scam Attempts Continue

Fraudulent solicitation continues to be a problem for and other classified sites on the Internet. It seems that scammers perfect their game and become profitable on large sites like, and then smaller sites like ours see a trickle-down effect as scammers try their sham elsewhere. The best defense for these con artists is simply to be informed and a little street smart: beware of peculiar English, money orders, cross-border deals, cashier's checks.



Anonymous Linda Z said...

I've been contacted by scammers and I HATE them!! Some things I've noticed lately:

- They must copy/paste text from other legit sources on boating because the English switches from bad to good.

- In the same way, they mix informed and uninformed questions. In the first paragraph, they ask what "meterial" the hull is made of but then ask a detailed question that an experienced boater would ask.

- I ALWAYS ask for a phone number. Once, I got one... tried to call it and got no answer. Not even voice mail. When I asked about that, the scammer said he was at work and wanted my phone number. I GIVE OUT NO PERSONAL INFORMATION!! If they are serious boat buyers, they will allow me to contact them.

Good luck.

February 16, 2009 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Antique Boats - Mitch said...

These foreign scammers almost always operate by email. Funny thing is, after 25 years and hundreds of boat sales, I've only sold one boat by email! Real buyers call on the phone.

August 14, 2009 11:25 AM  

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