Republic of the Marshall Islands Yacht Safety Advisory (YSA 2-16)
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has issued an advisory about financial cybercrimes against yachts in the Caribbean. Marina reservation communications are being intercepted and redirected to bogus sites which request wire transfers to secure fake bookings (and the loss of the wire transfer value).
The cyber-criminals have not been caught and the following cautions are recommended for all yachts:
- Use only reputable online directories to locate marinas and other services
- Be aware that free email services are more vulnerable to cyberattacks than domain named websites and email addresses
- Report any suspicion of cybercrime to national authorities immediately
The full text of the alert containing contact information for investigative agencies by geography is available.