Avoid Getting Scammed when Buying or Selling Boats
One of the key points to be kept in mind while buying or selling an item online is that the seller of any such product, may it be a boat or any other item, is an unknown person, and may be located at a very far off place. This increases the risk of getting cheated compared to the direct deals in which you can have a direct conversation with the seller. Online shopping is one of the easiest ways by which innocent people get cheated by fraudsters. Though the internet is one of the best options to find exactly what you are looking for, one should never believe all what you see on the internet. Mostly, the sellers on the internet can be counted as honest, but still, you should never neglect the chances of getting scammed by people who are waiting to grab hold of others people money!
How You Can Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying a Boat Online?
- If you are planning to buy a boat through the online shopping method, first of all, make sure that you have the complete details regarding the boat, and also the details of the seller such as the phone number, the mail id etc. Talking to the seller through these means can help you get more idea about the person.
- Get the home number of the seller and check if the number that has been provided matches with the area listed for the boat.
- Get the Hull Identification Number (HIN) and the location of the boat form the seller, and then check on the internet with the name of the boat or the HIN.
- If you note that the seller is using an email account that is free of cost, you need to be careful, as there are chances of scammers from other countries using such free accounts so that they can be discarded after their use. The use of bad grammar, little or no knowledge about the localities where he claims to be, giving the wrong names of locations, use of fake location names etc can be easily used to recognise scammers.
- If the location of the boat is very far off from your place, it is advisable to be extra careful, when you decide on buying the boat. The fact is that a product that is put online for selling is meant for customers all over the world to see and buy. But as the distance between the seller and the buyer increases, the risk factor and the chances of getting cheated also increases. It is not advisable to purchase a product without getting to see it, at least once. So when you look for the product online, it would be better to check out those which are in nearby places and can be visited. Avoiding the choice of sellers from abroad and sellers from places you cannot visit can help you, to some extent, to prevent from getting scammed.
- After the details of price and sale are discussed with the seller, you can have the boat checked for any kind of damage, before handing over the money. You can either check it in person, or can seek a friend’s help to check it out.
- The Yacht Boats For Sale site is just a venue where you can find the product you are looking for. We are in no way related to the communication between the seller and the buyer.
- One should always make good and sensible decisions when it comes to buying a boat, and it is the responsibility of the person who buys the boat, to check for the good working condition of the boat. It is also their duty to involve a broker in between them and the seller, if required, as the website doesn’t act as brokers.
- Sending money through the Money Gram, the Western Union etc are not recommendable in this case as there are increased chances of scamming in online shopping.
- Try to avoid the sellers who insist on you paying the amount to a third party, who will in turn give an amount of it to the seller. These mostly end up in scams.
- The confidential information such as the account number of the bank, the PayPal information, the Social Security Number etc should be kept well away from such sellers.
- If you haven’t seen the boat, never give a sum as a deposit for that item.
- Before you give any amount to the seller, make sure that you check the condition of the boat.
How You Can Avoid Getting Scammed When Selling a Boat Online
- Never share your password and keep in mind that the powerboatListings.com doesn’t demand this from you.
- Be aware of fraudulent cheques or money orders that may be provided by scammers, because when the banks try to cash these cheques, you are caught as the culprit!
- Never be ready to accept extra pays that are to be given off to some shipping company later on, as these are the common techniques used by scammers. They mostly provide you fraudulent cheques, and thus make you pay some amount to the third party, and later on the cheques get reversed, leaving you with loss of the money given to the third party!
- Be careful about deals which you feel are not logical, and before giving the property to the buyer, double check with the bank to make sure that all transactions have been cleared, and also verified by the bank.
- Beware of overseas transactions, as there are higher chances of fraud here.
- Use of bad grammar, wrong location names, the buyer being unsure of his locality details etc can be taken as the signs of a scammer trying to cheat you.
- Beware of the people using free email accounts.
- The IP address of the buyer’s computer, taken from the contact form, can be used to locate the place of the buyer through the www.arin.net and to see if the information he gave matches correctly.
- If possible, get a home phone number by which you can contact the person.
- Make sure about the clearance of the payment before giving the property.
- The Yacht Boats For Sale is neither involved in any communication between the buyer and the seller nor act as broker in the deal.
What if an Ad is Fraudulent?
Once you see that an ad is fraudulent, contact PowerboatListings.com and provide the URL for that ad, so that it can be removed. If an email is received showing an attempt of fraud, contact the website with all the mails from the scammer, so that he can be blocked from using the site.
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