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T-PS Nov42014 Carriage House

Carriage House Travel, Inc.

November 4, 2014

We received a call yesterday from a very nice sounding guy. Mary Ann said the caller might be real. He said his company, Carriage House Travel, Inc. is looking to buy five Grand Luxxe units. Great lead-in, right? Also, he said he would pay 30% more than the market. This statement implies demand exceeds supply, right? Why would someone say they are willing to pay more than the market price for a timeshare?

Let's do our due diligence:
  • Where is the telephone located? Not at the address given as the company office location.
  • Is the company registered with the Washington Secretary of State's office? Yes.
  • How long has the website been active? Creation Date: 2014-08-25T13:27:31-0400; Updated Date: 2014-08-25T00:00:00-0400; Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-08-25T00:00:00-0400
  • Who is listed as the management person to contactt? Dorothy Wisemen.
  • How do we contact her? Telephone number given is not active.
Does not sound promising, right?

Well, here is more information we found:
Additional Complaint Information from the Better Business Bureau serving Kirkland, WA:

On January 14, 2015, BBB recognized a pattern of complaints regarding sales practice and refund issues. Consumers allege Carriage House Travel offers to sell their timeshare properties, then requests consumers wire a fee ranging from $3,000 to $40,000 to a Mexican bank. Consumers allege the company makes false statements about their services, and consumers request a refund. The company has responded to BBB complaints and stated a full refund will be issued; however, consumers claim they have not received a refund.

On January 20, 2015, BBB notified the company of the complaint pattern. To date, the company has not responded to BBB's request to address the pattern.
The Better Business Bureau shows the following on its website:

THIS BUSINESS IS NOT BBB ACCREDITED.
Carriage House Travel
11335 NE 122nd Way STE 105, Kirkland, WA 98034
! CARRIAGE HOUSE TRAVEL IS BELIEVED TO BE OUT OF BUSINESS !

The pattern continues:
  • Create a website
  • Make cold calls
  • Describe unsupportable claims
  • Makes an offer
  • Claims there are no up front fees
  • Requires payments for due diligence, proof of ownership, Mexican taxes, etc.
  • Payment is sent to a Mexican bank
  • Guarantees all payments made will be made from the escrow company, who is introduced to you by the caller
  • Paymenst are made
  • More payments are requried
  • Seller finally catches on and asks for his money back
  • No one is there
  • Money is gone
Don't fall for the scam....Remember - Only You Can Write That Check!
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