Phishing Alert: A phishing email was reported by an advertiser today sent from "buyers-support.net" that falsely purported to be associated with this site. Please never give your password out to anyone. SailboatListings.com will never send an email asking for your password. Any such email is a phishing attempt.
time you buy or sell a boat or other item online, it is important to
realize that the distance and anonymity of online contact put you at
risk for fraud more than buying and selling face to face; distance and
anonymity can make it easier for con-artists to attempt to scam honest
people. The Internet is a truely wonderful tool to connect honest buyers
and sellers, but you must always use common sense and not take anyone's
identity or intentions for granted. While most people on the Internet
are honest, just like in life, there are people both nearby and many
from poor or lawless areas of the globe that are constantly looking
for someone to take advantage of. The following are guidelines that
should always be followed:
Specific Warnings: Suspicious Email Addresses
The following email addresses appear to have been used for suspicious or very unusual activity or some form of spam, phishing, scam attempt, or bot and have generated reports of identical contacts on very dissimilar boats or other very suspicious activity has been reported.
We would recommend not replying to these addresses:
for Avoiding Scams, as a Buyer:
details of the boat by phone in addition to email or online so you
speak with the person selling the boat.
a landline number for the seller and verify that the phone number
given matches the physical location of the boat listed.
for the boat's exact location and HIN number (Hull Identification
Number) and do a quick web search on the boat's name, part of the
boat's description, and/or HIN number
more cautious of sellers using free email accounts as these can be
used by overseas scam-artists and then discarded as they are reported;
Notice poor grammar, lack of knowledge of local geography, incorrect
location names, made-up or incorrectly formatted names, and numerically-
or otherwise-generated throw-away email addresses as easy but usually
correct indications of a scam attempt.
extreme caution when buying a boat located a long distance from your
location. Since this website is available to people around the world,
we allow boats to be listed from around the world. However, buying
a boat that is located a great distance from you increases the risk
to you exponentially. Is it never a good idea to buy a boat
without viewing it in person before any money changes hands. Only
consider ads for boats that you can view in person. Avoid internet
scams involving overseas boats or overseas sellers by only considering
boats that you can survey and view in person.
discussing the details, have the boat surveyed before any money changes
hands. View the boat in person, or at the very least, have a qualified
friend acting as your agent view the boat on your behalf.
does not function as a broker or seller nor are we involved in any
communication or transaction between buyer and seller. See
always use good judgment and due diligence when considering the purchase
of a boat; it is the buyer's duty to inspect a boat prior to purchase
or to have it surveyed or to have a broker act on their behalf.
wire funds via western union, moneygram or any other wire service.
scams where a seller wants you to pay or overpay any third party where
part of the payment will then be rebated to the seller - this would
almost always represent a scam.
give out personal financial information (bank account number, social
security number, ebay/paypal info, etc.)
Avoiding Scams, as a Seller:
- Never give your password to anyone. SailboatListings.com will never ask you for your password. Any such request is a phishing attempt.
cashier checks & money orders are common. Unfortunately banks
will cash them and then hold you responsible a week or more after
the fact when the fake cashier's check or money order is discovered
to be fraudulent.
to overpay for the boat and have excess money returned or given to
a shipping company are almost always fraudulent -- never do
this without consulting with your bank first. 99.9% of such
requests represent an attempt at fraud; the scam is that the "buyer"
sends you a fraudulent cashier's check, check, or money order, gets
you to pay a part of it to either them or a third party which gives
them the money, and then when the larger payment is discovered to
be fraudulent and reversed by the bank, you are left out the money
that was returned or given to the third party.
always use caution and your best judgment if presented with a deal
which doesn't seem logical, and be sure to talk with your bank to
be sure all checks and transactions have been completed, cleared,
and verified before releasing any property.
especially careful of any transactions from overseas where such transactions
might be reversed after some time due to fraud.
poor grammar, lack of knowledge of local geography, incorrect location
names, made-up or incorrectly formatted names, and numerically- or
otherwise-generated throw-away email addresses as easy but usually
correct indications of a scam attempt.
very careful of buyers or sellers using free email addresses (hotmail,
at the IP address included with the contact form, or the headers of
the email, and use the www.arin.net
whois to get a location of that IP address and see if it matches up
with where the buyer says he is located (e.g. an IP that is assigned
to Africa with a buyer that say's he is in Florida is a clear indication
of a fraud attempt; likewise an IP address that is an open proxy most
often indicates someone attempting a fraudulent communication)
the buyer or seller by (non-cell) landline phone as well as online
to help confirm their identity.
be sure payment is legitimate and that it has fully cleared and is
non-fraudulent before releasing any property.
does not function as a broker nor are we involved in any communication
or transaction between buyer and seller. See
believe an ad is fraudulent
you see an ad on sailboatlistings.com that you believe is fraudulent,
us and give us the URL of the ad you believe is fraudulent so
that we can remove it.
you have a boat listed and receive an email that you believe is an
attempt at fraud, please
contact us and also forward the full message(s) including headers
and the IP of the sender so that we may block this person from further
accessing our site.
Specific Warnings: Indonesia / Batam = Fraud
There is an extremely high volume of fraud attempts from Indonesia and Batam.
We hate the idea of singling out a whole region because of some bad apples, but at this point, our advice would be to Avoid any ads posted for boats supposedly from Batam / Indonesia or "buyers" from that region.
And if a seller ever says the boat has been moved from the location that is listed, we would recommend breaking off communication and reporting the ad immediately so it can be deleted from the website.
Indonesia and Batam are also sometimes abbreviated as BTM/INA. Because free email addresses (@ yahoo.com, yahoo.ca, hotmail,com, gmail.com, etc. are often an indication of a throwaway address used in a fraud attempt, the Indonesian scam-artists have also begun registering or stealing domains and setting up mini websites, though an inspection often reveals these shell-websites to be glaringly fake. One example of a fraud-site used for email fraud is e-tire.biz ; another fraud-site is indonesiatires.com )
- Always check a land line phone number that matches the location of the boat to be sure the phone number is correct and that the location matches what is stated.
- Use a "reverise phone directory" lookup site like www.reversephonedirectory.com to verify the phone number given matches the location of the boat in the ad.
- and always physically inspect any boat before any money ever changes hands.
you have any suggestions for tips that should be added to this page
to help other buyes and sellers buy and sell safely online and avoid
send them to us.