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Possible Scams

Possible Timeshare Scams

FTC Diagram of an Advance Fee Fraud Scheme
FTC Diagram of an Advance Fee Fraud Scheme

Scams - The unfortunate soft underbelly of the Timeshare Industry.

The most frequent scam is called the Advance Fee Fraud. In this case, the timeshare owner/seller is cold called by an individual who claims to be a legitimate broker/agent for a legitmate broker/dealer/event planner/timeshare specialist. Often times the caller has stolen the identity of legitimate brokers/agents and companies to put the person being cold called at ease.

It is a successful business plan designed to take money from trusting individuals. You must listen to this recording of a California licensed real estate agent talking to a person who has stolen his identity to collect a commission on money received from unsuspecting sellers. Brett Jennings is the real name of the California agent.
Read the full account of this scam here.
The Fake Brett Jennings says he will release the real Brett Jennings name and company within a month of the call. Then he will be gone! Never to be heard from by the real Brett Jennings again.

Yes, it is highly important that we find and prosecute these individuals. But....their's is a perfect business plan. Why? Because WE ALL WRITE CHECKS!

So let's all do our part to help stamp out the scams: Only You Can Write the Check....Don't Write the Check!
Remember, these people do not feel they are doing anything wrong.
  • Do not send money or pay for ANYTHING.
  • Do not send any documents by FAX.
  • Do send by certified return receipt requested to the caller's listed address a test document. If the test parcel arrives and the recipient reads to you the information you requested in the certified letter, then at least you know the address is not fake.
  • Perform your due diligence carefully.
  • If it seems too good to be true, then stay away!
  • If it is legitimate, then all costs of the sale are paid from verified proceeds in a verified escrow account that you open and control.
  • ONLY YOU CAN WRITE THAT CHECK! IF NO ONE SENDS SCAMMERS ANY MONEY, THEY WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS!!
If you are contacted by a company that does not pass your "too good to be true" test, please let us know so we can share your information with others.


Date
Company

2017-08-29 Mexican Timeshare Resale Warning

The Times Standard in Eureka, California posted an article from a contributing author. His is an attorney located in Bakersfield, California, and his piece is about the false claims made by and even misrepresented identities of timeshare resellers. The most important thought to remember from this article is "DON'T SEND MONEY" unless you know the people you are dealing with.



2017-08-29 Ocean Side Travel Services - Beware!

This group is especially sloppy about its identity. The website refers to three different domains, the fax number is 35 miles from the address given on the website and the address does not include a suite number. All very questionable.....all very suspicious! Be very careful if you get a call from this group! Remember....only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!



2017-07-25 Mesa Advisory Group, LLC - Likely a Hijacked Victim

The domain called mesaadvisorygourp.com was formed on July 11, 2017 and it expires on July 11, 2018. This is not a sign of longevity or security. It is not likely a company with the history and objectives that are stated on the website would risk losing its valuable domain a year after it was formed.

Also, there are issues with the address that do not match up.

No, it is highly likely scammers have hijacked the name and identity for one year so they can try to make money from trusting people like you and me.

Don't fall for it.


Help stamp out scammers....don't write that check!!




2017-07-18 Apple Computers is being Spoofed by Alpple.com

An email that appears to come from Apple Computers states the recipient needs to send confidential information to Apple Computers to maintain status. Don't fall for it. The email is actually from a domain called ALPPLE.COM. Forget it!! Clearly a scam!


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY...OR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION!


2017-07-13 Foreign Service Escrow Service (F.E.S.D.) - Beware!

Caller claims Vida Vacations has lost its two year right of first refusal. Does not indicate what the option is for or provide other details. Claims to be a licensed real estate broker in Chicago, IL, but there is no record of the caller's name. Clearly a scam!


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!


2017-06-27 Colorado Division of Real Estate Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

My Prime Time News is a publication devoted to keeping seniors in Colorado informed. The article that appeared in the Sunday, June 25, 2017 edition provides tips for avoiding being scammed offered by the Colorado Division of Real Estate. It is a good article and the tips are relevant. Remember, only WE can stamp out scams.....Don't Send Personal Information Or Money....!

Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!


2017-02-26 Another Fake Group Vidanta Offer

Grupo Vidanta has been purported to be the offerer of rental programs using bonus weeks. The caller is not from Grupo Vidanta. The domain will probably expire in March, 2017, and we will likely not hear from this group again. Remember, only WE can stamp out scams.....Don't Send Personal Information Or Money....!


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!


2017-02-23 Fake CINIF Solicitation

What is CINIF? The issuer of Financial Standards to be followed by publicly traded and other companies in order to present financial results on a compatible basis. CINIF does not solicit timeshare owners to submit information about their personal and confidential interests. Do not send information to callers claiming to be working on your behalf. SCAM!!


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!


2017-02-19 Fake PROFECO Investigation Into Grupo Vidanta

Don't fall for this apparent scam. The caller describes an investigation into the tactics of Grupo Vidanta and asks you to participate. It is a SCAM! Don't fall for the scheme! Remember, only YOU can help stamp out scams....Don't Send Money!!!


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!


2017-01-31 NC Investment Properties

One of three similar names listed with the North Carolina Secretary of State, two of which are dissolved, and one of which is headquartered in Florida. The address listed on the website is of an office tower; there is no suite number - therefore you cannot mail anything to this Fake Company. Landline is located 40 miles away from the "corporate address". Bottom line - Stay Away!


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!


2017-01-10 Another Fake Grupo Vidanta Offer

An Aimfair member sent a letter he recently received that purported to be from Grupo Vidanta. Well, he saw right through the unsolicited offer and new it was a scam. He wanted to share his letter as a warning to other Aimfair members and new members to Grupo Vidanta.


Remember - Only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!



2016-11-14 Vidanta Bonus Week Program - Again! FAKE
Don't be the first on your block to fall for this fake offer! Don't even respond! Compare letters sent in June 2015 with the current letter, sent November 14, 2016.


Remember....only YOU can help stamp out scammers....DON'T SEND MONEY!!


2016-11-01 Vidanta Bonus Week Program - FAKE
Don't be the first on your block to fall for this fake offer! Don't even respond!


Remember....only YOU can help stamp out scammers....DON'T SEND MONEY!!


2016-05-12 Broker Investments, Inc. - Minneapolis, MN

Company does not pay rent to the property manager for the address listed in their websites.


If you can't find the companies before you do business with them, then why do business with them?

Help stamp out scams.....don't write that check!



2016-04-15 American Trust Services LLC and Escrow Advantage Title Corporation - St. Louis Park, MN

Both listed the same address in their websites. Both have the same telephone number. Both do not pay rent to the property manager for the address listed in their websites.


If you can't find the companies before you do business with them, then why do business with them?

Help stamp out scams.....don't write that check!



2016-04-01 General Property Management Inc. - Greenwood Village, Colorado

Jordan Banks (720-766-8312) claims to be filing a lawsuit against Grupo Vidanta for their alleged improper sales tactics. Fernando Gallegos de Castro is referred to as a Mexican Federal Agent, who is a member of a governmental agency that is taking legal action to return money to Vidanta timeshare owners. Join the action and pay money to do so. Hmmmm, I don't think so! Tap here to read more....


BTW, ICON Brokerage Group also lists its address in Greenwood Village, Colorado....and....ICON is also a dissolved name....and....the ICON address is in an Executive Suite....and....the Executive Suite management knows nothing about the "company". Funny coincidence!

Help stamp out scammers....don't write that check!!


2016-03-04 McNally Investment Professionals - Houston, Texas

Claims to have been in business since 2002. Domain for its website was registered on November 2, 2015 and expires on November 2, 2016. Does not seem to be looking too far into the future. Also, the building manager for the office space listed on the McNally website said no one by the name of McNally Professional Investments pays rent in the building. Bottom line....be very careful! Tap here to read more....


Help stamp out scammers....don't write that check!!


2016-03-02 ICON Brokerage Group - Greenwood, Colorado

Cyndee and Bob brought this to our attention: There was a legitimate company with the name of ICON Brokerage Group. It was formed in 2000 and was dissolved in 2007. Then, in November, 2015 a document that supposedly reinstated the company to good standing was filed with the State of Colorado. Interestingly, the address is fake and not confirmed by the landlord. If you can't find the person you are doing business with, then why try?


Help stamp out scammers....don't write that check!!


2016-02-28 Fake Mexican Official - Again - Surfaced by Peter

A person representing himself as employed by an arm of the Mexican Federal Government called Peter. Suspicion and caution motivated Peter to contact the Canadian Mexican Consulate. The response to Peter's inquiry was the email address in forms provided by the caller were not official email addresses and the offer was a scam.

This is the second instance of the Fake Restitution Scam in one year. Tap to read Peter's post....


Help stamp out scammers....don't write that check!!


2016-02-02 206 Atlanta Brokers - Called Today - Left No Message

This time of year is when the scammers come out for their new season. We have all visited our property of choice and may have second thoughts about the purchase we made - recently, last year, several years ago...whenever - and we want our money back. Well, it is not that simple to sell timeshare interests, and the scammers want you to think it is. Bottom line....don't fall for their line! Walk away or hang up. Nothing good will come from the call!!


Help stamp out scammers....don't write that check!!


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