Be on the lookout for timeshare resale phonies

The FTC and state consumer protection agencies have shut down dishonest timeshare resellers for bilking timeshare owners out of millions of dollars. If you’re selling a timeshare, listen carefully for the promise of lots of money quickly and a request for an upfront fee. Those are two key signs of timeshare resale scam — and someone you don’t want to do business with.     

In one recent case, Vacation Property Services claimed to represent big-name companies eager to buy timeshares for business travel and events. The company guaranteed timeshare owners hefty returns if they moved quickly on the offer. But first, the company said the owner had to pay from $500 to $2,000, via credit card, in “registration” and other fees to seal the deal.

Timeshare Resale Scams Infographic

Timeshare Resale Scams
Infographic

The company’s promises of ready buyers, fast sales, big profits and money-back guarantees turned out to be lies. What’s more, the timeshare owners were stuck with debt on their credit cards from paying the “fee” after the company told them that the sale would be complete — and that they’d have their money — by the time the credit card bill came.

If you own a timeshare, question any offers to help you resell it. Be skeptical of companies that:

  • claim the market in your area is “hot” and that they’re “overwhelmed” with buyer requests
  • say they have buyers ready to purchase your timeshare — or promise to sell your timeshare within a specific time
  • guarantee you’ll get big returns on your resale
  • require you to pay fees upfront — even if there’s the promise of a “money-back guarantee”
  • don’t provide a contract — or provide a contract that doesn’t accurately reflect conversations you had   

Read about buying and selling a timeshare, or check out our infographic to see how timeshare resale scams typically work.

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check out sell my timeshare. They want big bucks upfront and says they have a lot of buyers. Thanks.

Today I was almost scamed by a caller that told me to go to CVS and get green dot for $205 dollars and then call the number they gave and they would give me directions what I had to do to get my $9000 grant. But I got upset and called the FTC they said the federal Goverment does not charge a fee or does business in this way. Whats going on with these callers scanning people in this way

On 19 May 2014 at approximately 1215 PM I received a telephone call from 949-776-1604 from an organization claiming to be able to lower my interest rate to 6.99%. This is the third such call I have received in as many weeks and the first one with an identifiable phone number. I selected 1 to talk to a human being who said that they represented Chase and Bank of America. His accent and grammar were common to that which I have heard from Asian Indians and there was sufficient lag time to have the telephone call connected to India. This gentleman knew my credit card balance, payment history, and pronounced my last name better than most Americans. He then asked for my credit card number, SSN, address, and mother's maiden name. I knew that this was a phishing call and did not provide any of this information. I instead told him that I would be contacting Chase, the Better Business Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission. I also told him to remove my phone number from their records and to never contact me again.
I have already contacted Customer Services with Chase and reported this. I have asked that at statement be added to my account that I would not be requesting additional credit, address change, or any other changes.

We have call from Ian Thompson of San Antonio Title (supposedly) to sell time share to Pro Alliance Management. First we have to sign contract and send money to them. Would love to send you all copies of paperwork. My husband is tempted, I am not!!!!

Peachtree and Cincinnati Premier...

BEWARE of a company called International Luxury Events. They are contacting timeshare owners and offering to buy at 60-75% above your purchase price. We confirmed they are not even a real company- and their business location is fraudulent. They have been reported to the FTC, Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Attorney General. They call from phone #'s 323-786-1958, 818-924-2816 with names Brian Wright, David Snidee or Gregory White. But they are CLEARLY trying to imitate someone else, as their English is not great. Potential Spanish accent. Suspected to be in Mexico.

YES!!!! Just dealt with them again today! Received phone calls from the same numbers asking if I was interested in selling my Unlimited Vacation Club timeshare, because they have companies that buy them and send clients there and then write it off. We had to sign a paper and send it back. Come to find they were going to pay us almost double what we paid for it! RED FLAG!! I was then told that I had to pay a $3,500 sales tax to Mexico b/c that's where the company that is buying it is located and I couldn't receive my $21,000 until that was paid. If I was to opt out I would be charged a 12% penalty and it would go into collections if we didn't pay up! Thank God for Google, otherwise I would have considered it since I just lost my job! The best part is that my husband called them back and ripped them a new one and they called me a few days later like nothing happened! They're scamming so many people they don't even know who they talk to! When something seems too good to be true, it usually is!! Don't fall for it!!

I have received frequent calls from Sell my Time share. This is an agressive organization. HANG UP immediately Mr. David is a scam artist and insist that he is doing you a favor and you should be glad he even bother to call. The man harrassed me and I finally got rid of him when I told him I reported him to the FTC and Consumer Fraud. Several months later he called back using a different name...I hung up.

they call me everyday

Anyone heard of international corporate brokers out of Texas? Recent calls with promise of sale but requesting an upfront 10% transfer fee for my puerto Vallarta timeshare. They are sending mr a contract , more to come.

My recent scam experience was from Sam baker at Bell resort sales out of Amarillo, TX. He said he had a buyer for my timeshare. He only asked for $175 for title search and a tax fee. His commission was to be paid for by the buyer. I was to send the money western union to their branch in Daytona beach, fl. He would then send me the contract by fed ex. I had already received a contract by email. Needless to say I took the bait. After he received his money the company website did not exist, the company address was bogus and he does not respond to his phone or email. Seems like there should be more to this scam than $175. If anyone else has experienced this please let me know.

Feminmk. I also received numerous emails from Mr. Baker and I also sent him about the same amount. Just like you, I haven't heard back from him and I he won't respond to emails, txt msgs, and his direct line has a "mailbox full" message. His company line lets me leave a voicemail but no return calls.

BEWARE INTERNATIONAL LUXURY EVENTS calling from 323 786-1958. How they got my HOME number is beyond me. A guy with the last name of Simmons left a message twice. I returned the call because he spoke so fast on the phone I thought is was from my UVC membership that I own. When I called back and told him I already returned the call and left a message, asked why he was again calling and why on my home phone, he said "It's time to pull up your big girl panties and take care of business". I am now online finding out what a piece of crap business this is. As an attorney, it is my hope that some protections will be provided to those sucked in by this fast-talking, disrepectful obvious scammer who would not even tell me the name of the company he was working for. I had to google the number to find them.

Reply company called property connect sent me letter of intent to buy my Uvc membership gave me escrow company transfer group both out of Chicago gave me a contract told me no money out of my pocket at all still scared anybody have any good advice thanks

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