mike32767 wrote: »
...... once again, the common link is HSBC, who have opened an account in the name of my company. I've asked them to explain this........
mike32767 wrote: »
They were at it again, this time using my company name, details and my personal name as a reference - all cribbed from Companies House.
Because it was my name on the registration it enabled me to seize the domain (ksmnautical.co.uk) and I've put up a holding page, but as you (@Tom44) mentioned you were keeping track of these scammers I thought I'd let you know. I did try reporting with ActionFraudUK but without details of any actual fraud I didn't get too far.
fergal.b wrote: »
Could be another one to look out for "Little Boat Ireland". https://boat-little.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3d2GbcNoZEVhBgy9jD9XOBVPc7WNH2JlmlxMXLUzoagLnd9Kac2mdrHOM
Tom44 wrote: »
Always the same site, just the name changes
bjorkraus06 wrote: »
Oh no! Breaks my heart reading this...
If this is all true about Alba Maritime, then i am a new victim. I transfered money to them yesterday, i did notice few red flags but somehow i chose to ignore them because supposed owner sent me his passport and that gave me peace at the time, now because i'm not uk citizen i have no clue how real passport looks like therefore i tought nothing of it.
This just means that they are faking passports, scamming people, stealing other company registration numbers and somehow noone can catch them...What should i do in this situation? Is there someone who is investigating situations like this one?
We've just learned of yet another new scam out there targeting boat shoppers. This one appears to be rooted in the Southeast, but thanks to the world wide web, its reach is global. Don't fall for it.
Here's how it begins:
Thank you for writing to us regarding 2016 Avalon Ambassador Rear Lounge - 27’. We are (Catchy Business Name) Inc., a company that handles the sale of secondhand and new boats with our main office at (bogus address).
The final price for this boat is $27,000.
The boat is sold in very good working condition. Trailer included. It does not have spot hidden problems or defects.
The boat you are interested in is currently located at (another bogus address). Where exactly are you located? A city and a postal code will help us to determine the distance between us.
We can help with the transport of the boat to any location in the US. We also offer an inspection period for every boat we sell.
If you are interested to continue the purchase please reply as soon as possible so we can provide more information on how we can complete the sale.
Thank you for your consideration,
(Catchy Business Name), Inc.
The endgame, of course, is rarely as amicable. Yet, in hindsight, it's so predictable.
Google the company name and you may find a pretty impressive web site that looks professionally done. A second business name or address is referenced in various places on the site, but you think nothing of it as you begin scrolling through all those enticing boats.
Perhaps you'll google the company’s address and an obscure warehouse pops up. Hmm, you think. Well, it’s not pretty, but hey, I’m getting a great deal on this boat. I guess they have to make ends meet somehow.
SPOILER ALERT: The website is a total scam, and while some old warehouse may be located at the given address, the actual “company” is, in fact, not.
Our source started down the path on this latest scam, but a few red flags flew up and he quickly ejected himself out of the nearest exit. Here’s what he reported on the experience, in his own words:
"The website is a total scam. I inquired about a boat they had listed and was given business names and locations that do exist, but they are only using those establishments as fronts for the grift. They ask you to pay for the boat up front. And they say you have seven days to inspect and reject the boat, in which case they “guarantee” you’ll get your money back.
Doing my own due diligence, I was able to track the boat to an ad on eBay that they copied in their “listing.” The rightful owner of the boat acknowledged that he had already sold it months earlier.
In my next email exchange with the scammers, they gave me a different business name and address. That address turned out to be some restaurant, which I’m sure has nothing to do with boats, nor does it have any connection to the scam."
And then there’s this gem from the alleged scammer’s website, under “How Does It Work?”
The first step to your dream boat is to find it and contact us to check the availability and other details. Now, if the boat is still available, there are two options:
Boat Reservation: For this option, you will have to pay 25% of the boat price so we can reserve the boat for you. After payment is confirmed by our bank, we will arrange all details of your visit to our warehouse to inspect the boat and complete the purchase on spot. This option is not available any more due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Right, of course it isn’t.)
For further detailed questions about the boat, our customer service is available 24/7. (You just have to trust some guy named Eddie over the phone.)
Direct Purchase with 10% discount: For this option, the buyer will have a 10% discount of the boat price. After payment is confirmed by our bank, we will prepare the boat for delivery. (Sure you will.) The boat will be in transit to the buyer’s destination in no more than 14 days. We will give the Buyer seven (7) working days as an inspection period starting from the moment the buyer receives the vessel. In this time the Buyer can verify the vessel received, verify the documents shipped the same time with the vessel. During the 7-day inspection period, Buyer shall also have the option of having a test, not to exceed 6 hours. (What a world!)
Moral of the story: Anyone asking for payment upfront before being permitted to see the actual boat should be heavily vetted. This is not the new normal, regardless of the monumental current demand for used boats.
I haven't looked for a while, till today.
Their still at it, website stays the same, just stolen / cloned company name changes.
I've given up contacting the UK fraud squad at this stage, nothing much seems to happen except name change.