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WARNING - VESSEL DOCUMENTATION SCAM

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Seasmaster, Jun 2, 2021.

  1. Seasmaster

    Seasmaster Senior Member

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    Ok. I fell for it. And now I'll try and get my money [$75.00] back.

    I received this letter yesterday, and so I [stupidly] went to the "official looking" webpage, and gave the the dough. . .

    Be careful. Make certain you are on the USCG page!!






    https://www[dot]dco[dot]uscg[dot] IMG_8319.jpg mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Inspections-Compliance-CG-5PC-/National-Vessel-Documentation-Center/National-Vessel-Documentation-Center-Instructions-and-Forms/
  2. gr8trn

    gr8trn Senior Member

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    Good catch, anything without the Falling Waters WV address is junk mail. I seem to get these every year. At least it is a service that will update your US documentation, just that it cost you more than $0. I wonder if you will have any luck getting this refunded?
  3. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    Doubt it. It looks 100% legit. People today don't want to do for themselves. So they hire services for everything from mowing their lawns to paying their bills to complaining or even to annoy people they don't like. As long as they deliver the service they advertise they're legit.
  4. Donzi 54

    Donzi 54 Member

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    When you google vessel documentation its on the top of the page. I guess they pay more then the government to be first. The official website even notes to be aware of third party companies.
  5. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    That's a paid ad. The USCG site is the top ranked by usage.
  6. Oscarvan

    Oscarvan Senior Member

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    This.
  7. Pascal

    Pascal Senior Member

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    This has been going on for years....
  8. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    Watch out for automatic renewal.
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