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How do I add a Boat Listing?

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Scams and Fraudulent Transactions FAQ:

If you plan to use the Internet to buy or sell, you have to be aware of some of the dangers.

You need to make sure that you use common sense, do good research on potential buyers and have a good line of communication. Dealing locally, where you can see the other party face-to-face, is always best. There are a few things to look out for as shown below:

 

Use Common Sense -

If a potential buyer seems too good to be true, isn't worried about shipping costs or the price of a boat that can be a warning sign. Don't fall in love with a buyer just because they are willing to pay top dollar. Offering more than the asking price is also a common scam tactic.

Ask Simple questions about bass fishing or bass boats, this is a simple tell. Whats your biggest bass? What lakes are you fishing right now? Tell me about your last boat?

WE Always Recommend to have a boat inspected prior to purchase, including but limited to hull, trailer, motor and all and any components. BassBoat4Sale.com is not involved with any and all transactions or owns any boats on our platforms. Thus, all boats are recommended to be inspected prior to purchase by a licensed marine mechanic prior to/and close of sale. Use of good common sense is common sense.

Watch for "Boat Brokers" or Solicitors -

"Boat brokers" and solicitors may attempt to cold calling, texting or emailing communications. They tend to make large promises of bringing a deposit, buyer or some large ad campaign for your boat. When in reality it turns out they will use/steal/misrepresent your boat, pictures and information for their own benefit not yours. Unless your boat is actually contracted/under consignment with a licensed bass boat dealer with good standing in the marine industry it's a scam. These scams waste valuable time and hurt your boats sale reputation. Be aware of these shady high pressure tactics and unprofessional business dealings. If it sounds to good to be true it likely is. Use of good common sense is common sense. Any and all forms of solicitation abuse on BassBoat4Sale.com's platforms is a TOS and Legal violation resulting in IP Ban.

Watch for International Buyers -

Buyers wanting to purchase boats from international locations (not locally) are usually not actually interested in the item. Shipping anything is expensive. *With the expansion of Bass Fishing World Wide, Countries such as Mexico, Spain, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Italy just to name a few are places that do bass fishing. Use common sense and good judgment.

Phishing Scam -

Be aware of receiving an email or text message asking you to provide your bank account information by going to a website or emailing it.

Western Union or Money Gram Payments - Nothing against Western Union, but its just not prudent to use this service when bying something online. If you visit the Western Union website, it clearly states that Western Union is *NOT* to be used for sending money to people you don't know: The Western Union Money Transfer service is a great way to send money to people you know and trust. If you need to send money to someone you don't know well, you may be putting yourself at risk for fraud.

Generic First Contact E-mail -

Many scammers will send out lots of e-mails to various sellers trying to find one that might be a potential target. When they do this, they often write a form e-mail that could apply to any ad. An example might say something like: "I saw your [item] for sale online and am very interested. Please contact me." Communication that could apply to anything for sale during the first contact can be a tipoff to a scam.

809 Area Code -

There have been phone scams related to this area code. Be cautious if you are contacted by someone and asked to call a number with an 809 area code.

Cashiers Check Payments -

Buyers not willing to pay in cash may be scamming you with fraudulent cashiers checks or money orders. If you receive a check/money order that looks real, remember that computers can print almost anything these days. Check with Bank Owner or Branch Manger to verify funds!

Pressure Tactics -

If a buyer seems in a rush or wants to speed up a transaction / shipping, be careful. They may just be interested in scamming you before you realize that the transaction is fraudulent.

Financial Information -

You should never give out your financial information. Asking for bank account info in order to wire funds or other personal information is a sign of a scam.

First contact via phone -

You are much better off with a buyer if they contact you via phone on the first contact. Online and e-mail solicitations are easy to do, but phone calls are not an efficient means of communication for scammers. To protect yourselves and others against this type of activity, it is important to try and obtain as much information about the buyer as possible. If you suspect the buyer may be involved in this or similar scams, please forward any information you can obtain to us Direct or to:

For U.S. complaints use the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Complaint Form.

You may also forward suspected scam email directly to: uce@ftc.gov

  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center
  • Fraud Tips from the IFCC
  • Internet Crime Schemes

GOOGLE ABUSE:

https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse

Avoid and report phishing emails. A phishing attack happens when someone tries to trick you into sharing personal information online.

What phishing is:

Phishing is usually done through email, ads, or by sites that look similar to sites you already use. For example, someone who is phishing might send you an email that looks like it's from your bank so that you'll give them information about your bank account.

Phishing emails or sites might ask for:

Usernames and passwords, including password changes

Social Security numbers, Bank account numbers

PINs (Personal Identification Numbers), Credit card numbers

Your mother’s maiden name, Your birthday

Important: Google or Gmail will never ask you to provide this type of information in an email.

Avoid phishing attacks

Be careful anytime you get an email from a site asking for personal information. If you get this type of email: Don’t click any links or provide personal information until you've confirmed the email is real. If the sender has a Gmail address, report the Gmail abuse to Google. Note: Gmail won't ever ask you for personal information, like your password, over email.

When you get an email that looks suspicious, here are a few things to check for:

Check that the email address and the sender name match.

Check if the email is authenticated.

Hover over any links before you click on them. If the URL of the link doesn't match the description of the link, it might be leading you to a phishing site.

Check the message headers to make sure the "from" header isn't showing an incorrect name.

Important: If you think your Gmail address has been taken over, recover your compromised Gmail account before sending or opening any other emails.

Fraud Awareness

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.

Suggested 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. BassBoat4Sale.com strongly advises against agreeing* (Some Cases) 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.

Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction - Seller might ask only for the shipping fee. This looks like a great deal, but most times you'll send the fee and never see the item.

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.

More Information

We don’t own, buy or sell bass boats listed on our site. BassBoat4Sale.com is an premier 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 BassBoat4Sale.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 BassBoat4Sale.com warehouse is a scam. BassBoat4Sale.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.

Other signs of fraud are emails that:

Claim the security of a transaction is guaranteed by BassBoat4Sale.com

Imply we’ve verified information about a particular buyer, seller or listing. Check with us first!

BassBoat4Sale.com doesn’t guarantee or endorse transactions. We don’t get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers.

We don’t ask you for 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 BassBoat4Sale.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, etc.

The only time we’ll ever request your information is when you’re in the process of creating an custom ad on our platforms.

Internet Fraud Resources

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

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 Scams/Fraud

Legal and Terms -

For More info regarding our Terms for using the site, please see our Terms of Service Page.