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Old 26-05-2014, 13:03   #1
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SCAM BEWARE!

I recently came across an advertisement for a boat on one of the well known web sites which seemed too good to be true. An Elan 434 for just 42,500 - Well under half the normal asking price for such a boat. Curios I requested via the website further details (including the correct price) and promptly recieved an email from a large, well known, south coast yachting company giving full spec's, a good selection of photos and confirming the price was indeed 42,500. For further information it invited me to call their sales manager on his mobile.

This yachting company exists, even the sales manager exists, but they didn't place this advert or send the email. The telephone number, an 0703 prefix, is not a mobile number but a premium call line which will cost you between 2-5 per minute to call!!

In similiar scams you will find if you call the number you have to listen to a recorded message for a good few minutes before it goes dead. By then you are a good few 's the worse off.

I talked to the yachting company and they confirmed that their details have been used on several previous scams!!

Don't get caught. If something looks too good to be true, it is too good to be true.

Scam artists go to a great deal of trouble to steal someone else's indentity. If you smell a rat look up the telephone number for the organisation you think you are dealing with from another source and call them on a proper landline.

And please tell as many people as you can so as to stop their scam from working.
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Old 26-05-2014, 15:35   #2
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Re: SCAM BEWARE!

All understood.

Thank you for the post.

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Old 26-05-2014, 15:41   #3
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WOW!!!!
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Old 26-05-2014, 16:30   #4
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Re: SCAM BEWARE!

Since you're already tricked into paying the money, the least they could do is talk dirty to you. . . .
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Old 26-05-2014, 22:49   #5
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Since you're already tricked into paying the money, the least they could do is talk dirty to you. . . .
In fact they did. It's a big F**k you. May their genitalia rot and drop off!
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Old 26-05-2014, 23:15   #6
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In fact they did. It's a big F**k you. May their genitalia rot and drop off!
Go on Ann, tell us what you really think !!
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I like ann. Straight shooter no bs shy says what she thinks.. im still laughing at her post

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Old 28-05-2014, 00:16   #8
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+1 for Ann!!
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Old 28-05-2014, 02:21   #9
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As you can now understand, I tread very lightly around my Admiral! And I NEVER try to scam her...

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