Fortunately most boat buyers and sellers are genuine however there are some unscrupulous people in the world. Please use common sense. Typically the deal seems "too good to be true"! These types of scams occur on the internet as well as ads in newspapers.
We wish to uphold Boats Online's reputation as a dependable website for buying and selling boats and hope this information helps.
If you are a Boatsonline member, we will only contact you by email. Please ignore SMS text messages requesting account login or payments. If you suspect scam activity, please change your password.
For more information relating to scams, how to report a scam and how to protect yourself, visit ScamWatch, a Government authority set up to help you recognise scams and avoid them.
The bogus boat buyer offers to pay more than the asking price. The buyer will send you a cheque or payment by bank transfer, and request that you pay them the difference. Alternatively, they pay you the asking price and request you pay the "shipping costs". The cheque then bounces or the bank transfer fails and you are out of pocket.
Anyone can list a boat for sale on a website or put an ad in the newspaper with a picture of a boat. Unfortunately there are some people who list a boat for sale without ever owning it. When you contact the boat seller, they request that you send some money as a "down payment" so you don't "miss out". Simply put, they take your money and run.
When buying a boat which is listed on Boatsonline, you deal directly with the boat seller. Beware of scammers who tell you that the transaction will be done through Boats Online.
Boatsonline is NOT involved in the transaction between boat buyer and boat seller and we will NEVER send you an invoice to complete the transaction.