Possible Scams

Possible Timeshare Scams

No bonus weeks in this offer - just a waste of your time AND possibly money! NOT LEGITIMATE! Tap here to read all about the offer...

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.
Want to report a fraud to the FBI?

You must listen to this recording - 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 again by the real Brett Jennings.

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!

Follow these simple steps to determine if the caller is legitiate or not:
  • Copy and paste the domain name into a “who-is” site to determine the ownership profile of the domain. When it was created, when changes were made and when it expires. The sites with one year durations are likely scams.
  • Copy and paste the address into Google Earth or some other mapping service with Satellite imaging. Look at the location of the address to determine if it refers to an office building or some other structure. Sometimes the address is a vacant lot.
  • Copy and paste the address into the search box of your browser. Identify companies located at the given address. It is best if you can find the management company or leasing agent. Call them and ask if the company in question pays rent to the management company. If you can’t find a management company or leasing agent, call one of the companies listed at the given address. Generally speaking, addresses in office buildings without specific reference to a suite number is a fake address. The US Postal Service or any other mail delivery service would not be able to deliver a parcel to an address that does not have a suite number.
  • Log into the state’s Secretary of State Business Search site. Search for the company name. If it does not appear, then the company is suspect.
  • Log into the state’s real estate division and search for the agent’s name or the name of the company. If the company does not appear, it is suspect. Sometimes you can find a name that has been hijacked by checking addresses listed. The scammer's address may not appear in the official records.
  • Search for a website called Yougetsignal.com. This site allows you to reverse look up email addresses, telephone numbers and other stuff. The keys are to determine if the telephone numbers are located at the address given in the website. The email search is likely to come up blank.
Receive a call from someone who wants you to participate in tracking down dishonest timeshare developers? Tap here to see a list of offices in Mexico's Department of Tourism. Do not give your personal information to anyone!
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.
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.

Finally, heed Grupo Vidnata's instructions as they are outlined below:


2012-12-06 S and J Stadtler

2012-10-11 Realty Power

2012-10-05 Luxury Resort Services

A company called Luxury Resort Services called to invite us to sell our Grand Luxxe contract to Cemex and Luxury Resort Services was the authorized party to make arrangements for such a sale. The offering price was about $95,000 for our two weeks. Very interesting, right? Read more....

2012-10-02 Exclusive Event Services

Deceptive address on website and misrepresentations about length of time in business. Be careful...read more...

2012-09-03 Event Specialists International

Three companies with the same name, but one is dangerous and you need to stay away! More...

2012-08-21 Be Aware of this phone number: (714) 795-2243

Be careful! Caller from Yucaipa, California asked if we would like to sell our Grand Luxxe. A female with a foreign accent.

What did she want? Nothing more than all our information: Type of Luxxe, Size, Our Address, Our Contract Number, Our Names on the Contract, etc. Her first question was "Do you want to sell your Grand Luxxe?"

Make note of the number and location. When the number pops up on your telephone, you might play along with the caller by getting as much information as you can. Send it on to us and we will post it.

Too many people are being scammed! One way to stop them is to be diligent about getting the word out. We will do our part.

2012-08-14 Castle Wealth Management

2012-08-14 Happy Day Vacations

2012-06-20 Investment Vacations Management and Grand Luxe Vacation Management

2012-05-21 Approved Property Management...Thanks to Don and TUG

2012-05-07 Happy Day Vacations - Pretty Corny...Thanks Bob L

2012-05-03 Prestige Property Consultancy

2012-01-24 ERA Property Movers - Escondido, CA

Ross was called by an alleged representative of ERA Property Movers. The person fished for information and made a veiled offer that implicated Wyndham. Interesting part is ERA Property Movers is a slogan for a legitimate real estate firm called ERA Real Estate. More...

2011-03-30 Better Business Bureau's Top Ten Signs of a Travel Scam

2011-03-23 Solicitation Warning

Messages From Javier Ambrosio of Grupo Vidanta and Steve Kaufer, a Co-founder and the CEO of Trip Advisor make very clear unauthorized solicitations by unrelated individuals are rampant. It is important to realize we are all on some type of list somewhere, and we need to be very careful about providing anyone with information that is confidential. Read more...

2011-03-13 Mecca Management Consultants

2011-03-08 Vacation Solutions Network - Thanks Z Lady

2011-01-17 Exotic Travel Solutions

2011-01-09 Creative Event Coordinators

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