At BassBoatAds.com, we want to see you sell your bass boat quickly and easily. Part of that is not having to deal with any fraud in the process. Sadly there is a lot of it around in car and boat sales alike. There are any number of schemes to get you to part with your boat without valid payment. That said, it’s a very small chance you would ever run into it and we don’t want to discourage you from advertising online. However, it is something to be aware of.
Tips for Avoiding Scams
- Secure payment before you transfer ownership and work only with the specific person who is purchasing your bass boat (versus someone acting on his behalf). If you accept a check, be sure to verify it with the issuing bank — not your bank. (The easiest way to avoid problems is to go to the buyer’s bank and complete the final transaction there.)
- Be wary of anyone who makes an offer to buy your bass boat sight-unseen, especially buyers located overseas. This may seem obvious but it can still happen. This is often part of a larger scam to pass a bad check or to get the title of the bass boat without paying for it. Always verify the buyer’s street address and phone number.
- An escrow service is a third party that holds the title to your bass boat until you are absolutely certain your payment is secure — can be a good option, but only if you use a reputable bank or attorney, or a well-known, established online service. Never agree to an escrow service that the prospective buyer suggests unless you have thoroughly researched it — the Better Business Bureau is a good place to start.
- In an overpayment scam, the potential buyer typically tells you that someone else owes him an amount that is higher than your selling price and he wants that person to pay you instead. He then asks you to give him the bass boat, plus the difference in price. (Sometimes the prospective buyer will offer you additional money as compensation.) Regardless of how legitimate they seem, these situations are almost always scams to get you to part with your bass boat and additional money.
- A prospective buyer who wants to work out a payment plan for your bass boat is likely up to no good. BassBoatAds.com strongly advises against agreeing to a payment plan, regardless of the terms. In these scenarios, the buyer typically gets you to agree to a payment plan, frequently with substantial interest, only to leave you with an initial payment (which may or may not be fraudulent) and disappear with your bass boat.
Where to Report Fraud
If you are a victim of fraud, you should file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3. IC3 focuses solely on cyber crimes and is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice assistance. Also, contact your local law enforcement. If there was any interaction with a scammer posing as a prospective buyer within their jurisdiction, they should take a report, plus it will help their fraud department identify trends for scams in your area.
We don’t own, buy or sell bass boats listed on our site.
BassBoatAds.com is an online bass boat listing service that connects bass boat buyers with sellers. We are not boat dealers. Any listing information about a particular boat comes directly from the seller, not us. If you receive an email that implies BassBoatAds.com is selling or buying a boat, please report it to us and to local law enforcement. It’s a scam.
We don’t offer bass boat warehousing or shipping services.
Any email that requests a deposit or payment for shipment of a bass boat stored in an BassBoatAds.com warehouse is a scam. BassBoatAds.com doesn’t own a warehouse, and we certainly don’t ship boats.
We don’t get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers.
There are many reputable warehousing and shipping services that can make long-distance transactions easy. Just be sure to check out the proposed services for yourself. Don’t respond to any email that appears to come from BassBoatAds.com (for example, by displaying our logo) and urges you to complete the sale or purchase of a bass boat listed on our site. Such emails are scams. Other signs of fraud are emails that:
- Claim the security of a transaction is guaranteed by BassBoatAds.com.
- Imply we’ve verified information about a particular buyer, seller or listing.
- Describe a “preferred” or “pre-approved” buyer or seller program.
BassBoatAds.com doesn’t guarantee or endorse transactions, and we don’t have preferred or pre-approved buyers or sellers. We’ll never encourage you to buy any particular bass boat listed on BassBoatAds.com or to sell your vehicle to any particular buyer.
We don’t ask you for personal or financial information via email.
Online fraud often begins with a spoof email requesting financial information. These spoof, or scam, emails often impersonate a reputable company such as BassBoatAds.com by illegally displaying a company’s name, logo or trademark. The intent is to deceive customers into revealing information such as:
- Social security number
- Bank account number
- Bank routing number
- Credit card number
The only time we’ll ever request your information is when you’re in the process of creating an ad on our website. We will not take down your listing because you don’t provide account information.
Internet Fraud Resources
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Practical Tips to Help You Be on Guard Against Internet Fraud
Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
Fake Seals and Phony Numbers: How Fraudsters Try to Look Legit