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Boat Buying Online Scam - BEWARE!

BoatHistoryReportBoatHistoryReport FloridaPosts: 1 Greenhorn
The suspected scammers are currently operating under two websites that we are aware of: Capital Depot Center and Roscoe Automotive and Consignment. Please note that there are several legitimate businesses with a name similar to Roscoe Automotive and Co. The scam is the one operating at RoscoeAuto dot com

Suspected scam by current name and previous names:
Capital Depot Center - CapitalDepotCenter
Glantu Motors - GlantuMotors
Masp Motors - MaspMotors
Auto Trader Garage - AutoTraderGarage
Prestige Automotive Traders - PrestigeAutomotiveTrader
TDG Depot - TDGDepot
Komodo Marina - KomodoMarina
Autos By Price - AutosByPrice
Car Auto Spot - CarAutoSpot
Easy Cars Dropship - EasyCarsDropship
ROSCOE Automotive and Consignment - RoscoeAuto
Motors Yard Point Sales - MotorYardPointSales
Prime Auto Recon - PrimeAutoRecon
Erbil Motors Depot - ErbilMotors
Dacs or Dimarco Auto Consignment & Sales - DimarcoAuto
Online Safe Depot - OnlineSafeDepot
AutoZirkus Consignment and Sales - Autozirkus
MantisAuto Consignment and Sales - MantisAuto

What is the suspected scam:
An “individual” will post boats for sale on sites like Craigslist, with low but mostly believable prices. Upon contacting them, they will provide you with an inventory number to use on a different website, instruct you that the boat is being sold through consignment and disclose that the boat is actually located in a different state than advertised. If you ask to see the boat in person, they will schedule showings 2-3 weeks in the future but tell you they can’t promise it won’t be sold before then. The only way to guarantee the boat will be held is to send a wire transfer immediately, with a 7 day money back guarantee. Once they receive your money, they disappear. The website they are operating on typically disappears within 30 days, with their next website up and running already.

The suspected scammers also create clones of known forums and review sites to post fake reviews of their website (you can see examples in the full story, linked below). The site will look identical to the actual site but if you look at the URL, it is altered. They do this so that when you search their name on google you will land on their fake positive reviews and not the actual negative reviews.

How we found out about it:
One of our customers got an uneasy feeling and contacted us after they had wired a payment of over $13,000 to GlantuMotors. They asked us for additional help in verifying the authenticity of a boat he was purchasing. We immediately recognized all the signs of a scam, and verified that the last registration and title of the boat were issued in Florida, not New York like the seller claimed. Our customer was also able to see that the previous purchase dates on the Boat History Report didn’t coincide with what the seller was providing. Unfortunately, this isn’t our first customer dealing with this type of fraud.  Please be careful and do all of your homework - if you or someone you trust haven’t personally inspected the boat, don’t send money! If anything seems off, trust your instincts.

If we can help you or if you have been a victim or have any other information, please let us know at [email protected].

If you’d like more details on the scam, examples of emails from the scammers, and additional tips on how to avoid being a victim, you can read the complete story here: https://blog.boathistoryreport.com/2021/04/30/current-scam-for-online-boat-sales/

Replies

  • polliwogpolliwog Posts: 355 Deckhand
    Thank you for your warning.  Nobody should contract for a boat or anything expensive on line,and never send money without seeing what are buying.  Let the buyer beware.  Too many scam artists out there.  I grew up in New York and learned that rule many years ago.
  • BoatsBoats USPosts: 1 Greenhorn
    Roscoe Automotive and Consignment seem to be the same scammers as GlantuMotors.
    I'm convinced that Roscoe Automotive and Consignment operators or whatever name they go by these days are the same scammers. Their listed office locations are spaces available for lease. I spoke with the leasing agents in NY and LA, and they do not have a tenant that deals in Automotive. Administrative Staff and testimonials seem to be made up of fake people. None of these folks are real. None are on any social media.
    They also may be operating as companies renting virtual office spaces.

    They've been reported to Federal and Local agencies. Hope they get what they deserve, 
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