Maritime Documentation Center - Page 5 - SailNet Community
 13Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #41 of 62 Old 06-17-2018
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 21,090
Thanks: 82
Thanked 593 Times in 569 Posts
Rep Power: 12
   
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

Quote:
Originally Posted by marysherrill View Post
I also received a letter from Maritime Documentation Center and fell for their scam as well. Looked like they were a 3rd party vendor for the US Coast Guard- with our Official Documentation Number. I wanted to report them on every forum that I can ó to warn others from falling for this. From Now on - I will be much more careful and less trusting.
Donít be too hard on yourself, or mistrusting of everyone. Presumably, you did get your updated documentation. Itís when you get scammed out of your money for nothing that it would really hurt.

I do wonder why these folks havenít been prosecuted for mail fraud. Although, the mailers do seem to have been changed to walk the line.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Minnewaska is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #42 of 62 Old 06-18-2018
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 52
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 14
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

Isn't the fee $75 now?
vpo3 is offline  
post #43 of 62 Old 06-18-2018
Member
 
ps23435's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lower Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 60
Thanks: 2
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

The Coast Guard fee is $26. - https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/D...-09-113141-363
ps23435 is offline  
 
post #44 of 62 Old 06-25-2018
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

The same thing happened to me. The "Maritime Documentation Center" charged me $150 for a 2-year renewal. An hour later when I realized that I was being scammed, I notified them that I did not want to use their services. They canceled my order, performed no services, and kept my $150. My credit card company could not help me because I accepted their terms and conditions by clicking "submit" on their website. Legal thievery!
BlueHaven is offline  
post #45 of 62 Old 06-25-2018
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 21,090
Thanks: 82
Thanked 593 Times in 569 Posts
Rep Power: 12
   
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueHaven View Post
The same thing happened to me. The "Maritime Documentation Center" charged me $150 for a 2-year renewal. An hour later when I realized that I was being scammed, I notified them that I did not want to use their services. They canceled my order, performed no services, and kept my $150. My credit card company could not help me because I accepted their terms and conditions by clicking "submit" on their website. Legal thievery!
Did you pay the USCG again? If you did not get what you paid for, thatís grounds for recovery on your cc. Or just force them to provide it and not lay a second time. Something is odd with this one.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Minnewaska is offline  
post #46 of 62 Old 07-18-2018
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

WORD OF CAUTION:
My mistake, hope I can save someone else from making this error...

I received an official looking letter from "Maritime Documentation" thinking it was from the USCG. I signed up and then realized my error. I challenged the transaction with cc company, lost the appeal. OK, so I was willing to just move forward even if it cost 3x more - my mistake after all. Contacted Maritime Documentation and they told me that I had forfeited my $225 (I had signed for 3 years) and would have to re-apply...

WOW, that's as close as it gets to stealing/fraud as you can get. Nowhere on the fine print does it say that you if you challenge the transaction, that you forfeit your fee. It does say it is non-refundable. I was willing to NOT get my money back and just move forward with the application. NOPE, Maritime documentation kept the money.

STAY away from these folks. Just use the online USCG application process and renew online.
jslloyd is offline  
post #47 of 62 Old 07-18-2018 Thread Starter
Learning the HARD way...
 
eherlihy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Boston / Ft Myers Area
Posts: 6,987
Thanks: 398
Thanked 310 Times in 302 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

Quote:
Originally Posted by jslloyd View Post
WORD OF CAUTION:
My mistake, hope I can save someone else from making this error...

I received an official looking letter from "Maritime Documentation" thinking it was from the USCG. I signed up and then realized my error. I challenged the transaction with cc company, lost the appeal. OK, so I was willing to just move forward even if it cost 3x more - my mistake after all. Contacted Maritime Documentation and they told me that I had forfeited my $225 (I had signed for 3 years) and would have to re-apply...

WOW, that's as close as it gets to stealing/fraud as you can get. Nowhere on the fine print does it say that you if you challenge the transaction, that you forfeit your fee. It does say it is non-refundable. I was willing to NOT get my money back and just move forward with the application. NOPE, Maritime documentation kept the money.

STAY away from these folks. Just use the online USCG application process and renew online.
I would think that you could now challenge the transaction. You paid for, but did not receive their service.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, US/Sailing BKB and ASA 101/103/104/105/106/114/118 Instructor - Also ABYC certified in Marine Electrical Systems,


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
eherlihy is online now  
post #48 of 62 Old 07-18-2018
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,598
Thanks: 4
Thanked 37 Times in 36 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

Sorry they got you too. Just do everything you can to spread the word, both here and other boating forums. As more and more people become aware of this scam, eventually this cash cow will dry up for the scammers
jslloyd likes this.

Catalina 34
chuck53 is offline  
post #49 of 62 Old 07-18-2018
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

I agree with you. I contacted the cc company and they said because I had signed the agreement (which included a no-refund policy) that I could appeal again. Maritime blocked my calls. My option would be to get a lawyer.... and file a claim that I did not get the services for which I paid. Maritime claims I knew that my application would be null and void AND that I would forfeit my money.

These people are scoundrels and I hope the word gets out and they go under.
jslloyd is offline  
post #50 of 62 Old 07-19-2018
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 21,090
Thanks: 82
Thanked 593 Times in 569 Posts
Rep Power: 12
   
Re: Maritime Documentation Center

Quote:
Originally Posted by jslloyd View Post
....Maritime claims I knew that my application would be null and void AND that I would forfeit my money..
For what? If you complained?

While they might establish a contract that makes their fee non-refundable, it's not a contract if both parties don't provide consideration.

I would try the credit card company again, for denial of service. I would also contact the US Postal Inspection Service and document your situation. You would be helping many other boaters to follow.
doggerel likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Minnewaska is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1988 Irwin 38 Mk II Center or 1989 Endeavour Center Cockpit captjac General Discussion (sailing related) 5 03-01-2017 10:33 AM
Atlantic Cup race for Class 40 sailboats begins today from Maritime Center - Charlest NewsReader News Feeds 0 05-11-2012 12:20 PM
documentation mr.fixit Boat Review and Purchase Forum 5 05-27-2005 05:28 AM
Documentation castan Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 26 04-21-2004 02:59 PM
C.G. Documentation maestro Boat Review and Purchase Forum 9 04-14-2004 04:44 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome