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Old 05-16-2018, 10:44 AM   #21
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I have done my renewal online at the beginning of the expired month. They have never been late and i have always received my certificate within 14 days.
We've done the same, although slightly earlier than you but never had an issue.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:48 AM   #22
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We renewed ours this year and it took one week. Filled out the online form and got the new doc very quickly.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:20 AM   #23
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Reminds me of the phone message received several days ago. Message said there was an arrest warrant on me for unpaid taxes. Didn't respond since the message was a fraud.
I got one of those and played dumb, " Yes, you have reached the Sheriffs Department. But, I don't understand what you want. Do you want to speak with the Warrant Squad?". They hung up and never called back.

But, we just sent our CG renewal in. It's good until June 30, so hopefully it's back by then. $26 these days.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:30 AM   #24
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I also wonder about its authenticity. I have never seen the use of a personal pronoun in an official government document.
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I think thar’s Spam. Call the office.
Agreed. I smell a rat. Check out the URL on this website referenced in Michael's letter.

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When I go to the URL, it looks official but starts with wow.uscgaux.info. They have a link to the USCGAux Homepage (Welcome to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Official Web Portal) but the "wow.iscgaux.info" appears bogus to me.

Should the USCGAux be involved in documentation enforcement?
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:08 PM   #25
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I have done my renewal online at the beginning of the expired month. They have never been late and i have always received my certificate within 14 days.
That could be my problem... did it about 6 weeks early. But always do it on line unless there's a change that required the form.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:13 PM   #26
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$15,423 Coast Guard Fine

If you renew prior to them sending you the renewal letter they change the expiration date. I “lost” two months because of this.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:19 PM   #27
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If you renew prior to them sending you the renewal letter they change the expiration date. I “lost” two months because of this.
I get snail mail too late... try to do everything online. Reregistered 2 cars and three boats, no issue... all early. But not the documented one.

They did admit they screwed up and put my renewal "in the wrong pile". What a bunch of idiots!
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:16 PM   #28
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We have those scam calls here too. Threats of instant arrest, for fraud on the Tax Office, etc,unless you pay. Part of me suggests asking for details of the alleged fraud, the other part says get off the line asap.
There is also a "Chinese Embassy" pay money scam call or the relatives in China get it.I`m assuming that`s not genuine, but...

Apparently the money has to be paid in iTunes vouchers. Not even our Tax office operates that way.
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We have those scam calls here too. Threats of instant arrest, for fraud on the Tax Office, etc,unless you pay. Part of me suggests asking for details of the alleged fraud, the other part says get off the line asap.
There is also a "Chinese Embassy" pay money scam call or the relatives in China get it.I`m assuming that`s not genuine, but...

Apparently the money has to be paid in iTunes vouchers. Not even our Tax office operates that way.
There was an instant the other day where they called trying to scam and the people on the receiving end decided to argue with them and confront with them. They then told them if they didn't do as they had asked, they were calling the police on them right then and having their home raided. The recipients said something else basically daring them and they called. So a full squad of officers arrived with guns drawn and cleared their entire house. The report they'd received was of a shooting. I read of another several months ago where they reported the house as a drug house. The police are warning not to engage the people, just hang up. Bad enough to have the scams but now the retribution if you don't fall for it is getting bad.
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I have done my renewal online at the beginning of the expired month. They have never been late and i have always received my certificate within 14 days.
My experience also.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:30 PM   #31
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Agreed. I smell a rat. Check out the URL on this website referenced in Michael's letter.

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When I go to the URL, it looks official but starts with wow.uscgaux.info. They have a link to the USCGAux Homepage www.cgaux.org/]Welcome to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Official Web Portal[/url]) but the "wow.iscgaux.info" appears bogus to me.

Should the USCGAux be involved in documentation enforcement?
It appears the link is to the 'District 9 - Central' website. The official USCG Aux site links to this same domain.

The domain is registered as follows:

Domain Name: USCGAUX.INFO
Registry Domain ID: D1556419-LRMS
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Registrar URL: www.networksolutions.com
Updated Date: 2018-02-14T18:13:47Z
Creation Date: 2002-03-19T02:07:46Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2019-03-19T02:07:46Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date:
Registrar: Network Solutions, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 2
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@web.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8003337680
Reseller:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: C217073329-LRMS
Registrant Name: Executive Director
Registrant Organization: Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
Registrant Street: 9449 WATSON INDUSTRIAL PARK
Registrant City: SAINT LOUIS
Registrant State/Province: MO
Registrant Postal Code: 63126-1522
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.3149628828
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.3149626804
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: execdirauxa@cgauxa.org
Registry Admin ID: C217073329-LRMS
Admin Name: Executive Director
Admin Organization: Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
Admin Street: 9449 WATSON INDUSTRIAL PARK
Admin City: SAINT LOUIS
Admin State/Province: MO
Admin Postal Code: 63126-1522
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.3149628828
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +1.3149626804
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: execdirauxa@cgauxa.org
Registry Tech ID: C217073329-LRMS
Tech Name: Executive Director
Tech Organization: Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
Tech Street: 9449 WATSON INDUSTRIAL PARK
Tech City: SAINT LOUIS
Tech State/Province: MO
Tech Postal Code: 63126-1522
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.3149628828
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.3149626804
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: execdirauxa@cgauxa.org
Registry Billing ID: C152801967-LRMS
Billing Name: Domain Admin
Billing Organization: Network Solutions
Billing Street: 13861 Sunrise Valley Dr
Billing City: Herndon
Billing State/Province: VA
Billing Postal Code: 20170
Billing Country: US
Billing Phone: +1.7036685203
Billing Phone Ext:
Billing Fax:
Billing Fax Ext:
Billing Email: ollntld405@networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS30.WORLDNIC.COM
Name Server: NS29.WORLDNIC.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/

I was also suspicious of the domain on the letter (vanity domain redirecting to a non .gov address, the wow. prefix etc. but it appears to be confirmed by the official site and the registar info.

It appears each district has it's own website and they are all over the place. (I followed from the .mil site to a few to confirm). Poor user experience practices by the way. You should never change top level domains when moving users from one "owned" site to another. A better path would be cgaux.org to district9.cgaux.org which also ensures SSL certificates work against the TLD.
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Two years ago a boater in our marina was inspected by the Coasties and found to not have the proper number of fire extinguishers on board, the citation he received said the max fine was some crazy number, 20,000 dollars as I recall. He purchased the correct number of extinguishers, went to the office, told them he had complied, and paid nothing.

I suspect the max fine is what a huge commercial ship might be forced to pay.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:35 PM   #33
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Two years ago a boater in our marina was inspected by the Coasties and found to not have the proper number of fire extinguishers on board, the citation he received said the max fine was some crazy number, 20,000 dollars as I recall. He purchased the correct number of extinguishers, went to the office, told them he had complied, and paid nothing.

I suspect the max fine is what a huge commercial ship might be forced to pay.
Max fine is what a repeat offender who ignores them is likely to pay. Third offense, you don't show up in court, don't remedy, just rules max. Rare.
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