I needed a copy of my Certificate and did a google search and inadvertently went to their web site. I started filling out their firm, but stopped when they started asking for my social security number.
They wpnted $175 for the renewal Certificate that the giv charges $24 for. So I filed a consumer fraid complInt with the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. Tom Buscaglia S/V Alera 1990 C&C 37+/40 Vashon WA P 206.463.9200 C 305.409.3660 > From: CnC-List [mailto:cnc-list-boun...@cnc-list.com] On Behalf Of Dennis C. > via CnC-List > Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:44 PM > To: CnClist > Cc: Dennis C. > Subject: Stus-List Vessel documentation renewal - those scammers again > > Well, gee. I just got my "courtesy" renewal notice from "Maritime > Documentation Center". I promptly emailed them an "official notice of > shame". :) > > For those who are new the list a while and haven't seen our derision at these > folks, let me elaborate. The "Maritime Documentation Center" is NOT the US > Coast Guard's Vessel Documentation Center (VDC). It is a third party entity > who will gladly charge you three times the fee of the VDC for doing what you > can do on the VDC's website in under 5 minutes. It's not illegal, just > irritating. > > They simply send you an official looking courtesy notice for renewal. It may > show up slightly before the USCG VDC's real renewal notice. > > Do not be fooled. The VDC fee for renewal is $26. Pay no more. The > official VDC website is here: > > https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Deputy-for-Operations-Policy-and-Capabilities-DCO-D/National-Vessel-Documentation-Center/ > > Dennis C. > Touche' 35-1 #83 > Mandeville, LA
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