There was a guy around the yacht club in Sydney
, he had worked in the office and got the address of owners of yachts on the club register before being fired.
Now at this club it is very difficult for an owner to bring in outside labor as you were expected to use the on site guys, however, the on site guys regularly brought in outside labor to Assist when they got busy. So this guy got an idea to make a fair swag of money
He set up a fake mechanic
business (every boat owner needs a mechanic
at some point when you are at a time poor yacht club) and sent out invoices for a few hundred bucks to every boat owner, claiming it was work done at the request of the on site guy. Now it was always a small amount, by boat dollar standards, and the majority of these owners had relationships with the on site team to regularly maintain the engine
Now I don't know the fine details, but when he was caught, the police claimed he had swindled over $500k from these owners.
How was he caught, an engine
he claimed to have serviced had a fault about 3 months later, complaints were made under warranty to the on site guy and everyone out 2 and 2 together.
Probably not something that would affect a cruiser who normally does stuff themselves or perhaps watches boat dollars more than your average racer
, but a classic boat swindle nonetheless.