Con artists prey on victims of timeshare resale scams

Con artists are trying to steal money from people by falsely claiming they are associated with the federal courts, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The imposters tell people they are entitled to refunds as part of cases brought by the FTC against companies that engaged in timeshare resale fraud. People are told they must pay several hundred dollars in “court costs,” “processing fees” or “filing fees” to get their refunds. The scammers may use an actual FTC case number to lend some legitimacy to their pitch. DO NOT GIVE THESE IMPOSTERS MONEY. THIS IS A SCAM. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money to get a refund. The imposters also have impersonated Florida attorneys in an effort to convince people to pay their “fees.” 

If you get a call from someone claiming they can get you a refund for a fee, report it to the FTC. Visit Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.

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How do I find a reputable company, in dealing with Timeshares? It seems like it is difficult to trust anyone anymore. I appreciate any assistance.

Does anyone know if World Wide Resort Exchange is an OK company to do business with?

Don't do it. It looks like they are being investigated.

how do I go about filing a complaint Re: Time Share Fraud. I received your info from the Bureau of Compliance in Fl.

Green ridge equity international contacted me, saying that they had a buyer for my timeshare but asked me for an upfront fee.I did my research on th. Company and its.a.complete fraud please read an. Do your research on this company and do not.send them money.

Grand Weeks, Essential Resorts, Signature Residence Club, Signature Integrated Travel Systems, et al... All scams! After doing our own investigating in order to convince our credit card company that they are indeed connected frauds, we found that they all claim to have US offices, which are only mail drops at print shops(a simple reverse address search revealed this), their website servers all have the same IP address (another simple search online shows same computer, same location, different business names and sites), and they all promise the same benefits and con game. They even run the con from the same locations... One of them being at Cabo Viejo Luxury Estates in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I am taking this evidence to our Attorney General, hoping they can put some pressure on Mexico to deal with the many travel service scams coming out of Mexico.

Has anyone dealt with Timeshare International Advocacy? They claim they can get me out of my timeshare contract.

Do not trust them at all I have heard of them no good at all

Has anybody dealt with Alpha Services Inc in Columbia South Carolina

I am also looking to see if anyone has heard of this company Alpha Services Inc. I need to find out if they are ligament. have you found anything out?

They called me as well and worked with a company in Topeka KS called Trust Company of America. I would like to know if anyone has worked with them. Seems like a scam to me.

I am also in conversation with ALpha Services (Mike Patel) and Trust Co. of America (Patrick Fitzgerald). IIt sounds a lot like the mexico bank wire scams I read about on line - and one case that mentions Alpha servies specifically. I asked Patel about that, and he said it was two individuals who acted on their own inappropriately and are no longer with the company. Still- $29K for my $6K timeshare ... ??? ANy more news??

I was suppose to have the closing yesterday and their phones all filled with voice messages both Pat Fitzergald (785-783-0568) and Carlos Miller and Mr. Ross probably not their reall names (803-591-9072). How can I be so stupid, don't trust these losersand I hope the Federal Exchange or Feds does some thing terminal to these losers!

My grandparents are being contacted by Interval Relief in Doral, FL telling them they will be locked into paying their timeshare maintenance fees for life--even if they sell the units. They are tying to get them to pay money up front and claim they will take over the timeshare and maintenance fees. This sounds like fraud to me. Anyone know?

We have been trying to get our name off the deed to our timeshare and went thru a company called TimeShare Relief, after a year and a half the company was bought out by Property Relief. We initially we paid $2500 to the first company. The second company failed to pay our maintenance fee, so we had to pay $495.00 to the resort to keep from being sent to a collection agency. Now Property Relief is asking us to send $499.00 to a company called Nevada National Advertising Inc. to pay for a attorney to get our name off the deed. Is this a legitimate company or are we being scammed?

You may want to research the company by checking with your State Attorney General or of the state where the company is located. The FTC article Timeshares and Vacation Plans gives you advice if you're looking to resell your deeded timeshare.

A company called Final sales Unlimited to buy my timeshare,,,they want 1500 dollars plus.I say its a scam, the guys were super nice and promised a lot. Any info? Florida based

Timeshare industry is known for being very susceptible to scams; however, timeshare properties are still a successful business for most resorts. In these times of rough economy, it is important to take care of our money, and timeshares are not in the way to achieve the financial security that we are all looking for.

Has anyone heard of or had any dealing with Beacon Hill Travel Service or Cas Holding Corporation? They are trying to tell my husband and I that they have a buyer in Mexico for my timeshare. And after signing a "contract" with them I have to pay a Mexico tax upfront and then get reimbursed at the "closing." And, if we don't pay the upfront fee, that they have already put our timeshare in an escrow and will keep it or sell it on us. Are they legitimate companies or are we being scammed?

This is known in the industry as a chop shop. I am sure that they are requesting the money be sent by wire transfer to an account with a Mexican bank. Should you actually pay this they will then come back in a couple of weeks with another demand. Some folks have been bilked of their money as many as 8 times before saying enough is enough. These are usually the high dollar prospects that have allowed greed to cloud their judgement.
In short, do no proceed. The contract that you signed carries no legitimacy and they do not have any control over your timeshare.

CAS and Beacon Hill Travel assumed names of businesses that have been closed for several years. Assuming those established names and then providing addresses in MA seem to provide cover for these people, however they choose MA because it is one of only five states in the US that does not have regulations regarding escrow companies. Additionally they work together in an enterprise that offers sales connections almost immediately for time shares. How do they do that you might ask? They make it up! All they are really after is the $3500.00 for the "10% Mexican capital gains tax", which is actually a little more than that. The people in charge are not legitimate, they don't even have a real person named as their CEO.

I have been contacted by James Henderson and Robert Pierce to sell my timeshare and have verified their business, FINAL SALES UNLIMITED as a business in FLORIDA. They got my closing money, $1298. to sell to buyers. Thomas Bifalco Jr. is owner/manager. Please let me know if you have any information about them. They have called to say i would recieve documents by Xdate and it didn't occur. Now their phones are full of messages and I can't reach them. Any attorney who are representing other victims to them, please let me know.

Have been contacted by Final Sales Unlimited that they have a buyer for my timeshare & needs 1250.00 to do a title search which will then allow the close to happen in my city at my local abstract office. The individuals I have dealt with are Christopher Andrews & James Henderson & the sales agent to my potential buyer is Robert Pierce also. They will only accept a wire transfer which I will not do. Would welcome other posts or comments.

I too have been contacted by the company Final Sales Unlimited. I dealt with Robert Pierce and James Henderson. They promised they had a buyer for our Cabo timeshare. They told me I needed to wire money for title transfer. Now I can not get a hold of them. I want to know how to get our money back and stop them from doing this to others!

Worked with Alpha Services. I am hoping to join Class Action Suit for the scams perpetrated by this company. I have all the documentation provided by this company as a paper trail to stop these fraudulent transactions . I refuse to be a victim. Please people ....waste of time working with unscrupulous individuals.

Has anyone hard of a company that buys and sells Timesharing named Regency Consulting Group, INC? 123 W. 1st St. Suite 675, Casper, wy. They said they had a buyer and sent me a copy of the buyer name, address and telephone number. I contacted the BBB and I contact the States Attorney in Casper, WY. Nothing has been filed against them negatively and I was inquiring about their legititmacy.

Regency just called me with a similar offer. Did you sell through them and if so, did it go well? Did you find anything negative about them?

I had a very similar call myself. I've accepted the offer and struggling with the thought of sending them a check for 783.12 to cover the fees. I've sent my "rep" Tony Parker an email asking him if the buyer would pay this for a reduced price. We will see what he comes back with.

JT please don't send these jerks any money. we sent Tony Parker of Regency Consulting Group in Wyoming 1900.00 plus an additional 787.00 for costs to sell our time share and now he has disappeared from the face of the earth. We were supposed to close Friday and get a check 8/23 and still have nothing and he has not called us. Sure he will contact you and say this is all bull until he gets what he needs and then you will end up with no calls or check. Save your money and according to my time share at Grand View Las Vegas, only a licensed realtor can sell your time share and you should not have to out up any money upfront. Please do not deal with these idiots. They should be shutdown and prosecuted. Somehow something needs to be done to get these crooks out of business. The system does not always work in our favor and it wont be until this thing blows up like a Bernie Madoff thing and some really wealthy people get screwed, then may it draw some attention. Ask Tony who Eric Baxter is and don't let him con you for more money due to some tax thing in Florida or something. PLEASE DONT GET SCREWED. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

Add another couple duped by Tony Parker. Like the others,we expected an imminent sale but found the website gone and the phone out of service when we inquired yesterday.

he FBI site in 2012 recommended making a complaint with your state attorney general and the IC3.
We are in Canada so don't have a state attorney general

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/february/timeshare-fraud_021712

Same situation here? Any recent insight on this?

I am going through the same process with Regency Consulting Group and Tony Parker. We are supposed to get our check next week but he called saying the buyer moved to Florida and didn't realize the added property tax so we needed to pay an additional $455. I asked him to simply lower the sale cost to match because I wasn't comfortable paying AGAIN.

He said he would get back to me tomorrow. Has anyone had any other luck with this?

Don, I am going through the same thing with Tony Parker. Did you ever follow up and go forward with your selling? I am very concerned if this is legit or not. I did not know where you stood.

still waiting for the same thing since Friday 8/22/2014 with Tony on our closing and check. he has not responded to my 8 messages I have left him. cross my fingers. I am in it already almost 3000.00

same here on this process with regency consulting group and Tony Parker. We were supposed to close Friday 8/22/2014 and also paid 787.00 extra for added tax the buyer wanted this in Florida. Tony was dealing with the buyers agent named Eric Baxter and I cannot reach this person. The phone rang thru his voice mail on Friday 8/22 and today 8/25 the number will not go thru. I have called Tony and just get his voice mail. My final docs and check were supposed to be here Friday.

we were supposed to get a check to close the deal on our time share with TONY PARKER Friday 8/22. An agent with the mane Eric Baxter at 813-609-2560 is supposed to be the buyers agent and according to Tony Parker this Eric guy was sending the final papers and a check by weeks end 8/22. no check and now Eric phone does not work and Tony's voice mail is on and after 8 messages or more I can't reach him. we have put in almost 3000.00 and seems like only false promises. not even a courtesy call. If we do not receive a call, check or refund then my husband will seek legal action. he has connections.

We had exactly the same thing happen with "Slick Tony" including dates, dealing with Eric, etc. If you haven't reported this to he fraud department if the FTC you need to. Also if anyone is pursuing legal action we may have documentation to help. We want our money back and the Con Duo of Tony and Eric behind bars.

We have had the exact same situation with Recency Consulting and Tony and his con buddy. Everyone needs to report their information with the fraud division of the FTC. We have documentation that may help if anyone is pursuing legal action.

Rhonda, in reply to "slick Tony Parker". I did report to the FTC and also to my bank. I wonder if checking the back of your check helps to locate their bank and maybe letting that branch know what their customers are up to. that's only if they actually have an account there. I would love to seek action from you but I am not sure if it is cool to leave our contacts on this site. WHO KNOWS IF THESE CON ARTISTS ARE READING THESE COMMENTS AS WE SPEAK. I tried the numbers the other day to see if any of them work and all contacts are disconnected. Even the female low life by the name of Lacey Blackwell. I will check this site if you feel comfortable leaving a contact. hope others are reading this so they don't fall victim to these low life SOB"S. I may have lost my money but I hope we can save others.

Sorry, we won't post personal information. See our commenting policy. You can always file a consumer complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details in your complaint could be helpful to investigators.

We too have been scammed by Regency Consulting Group of Casper, Wy. We have lost $1500. We were hoping that this was a legit company. I would be happy to join in any legal complaint to hunt the responsible parties down.

We also were duped by Tony Parker for $782.14 Same story, dates etc. I am filing a complaint with the FTC but I don't really expect to ever get my money back. I researched as well as I could before sending $$ but couldn't find anything negative.

Thousands of International travelers, particularly from the US and Canada, have fallen victims oftimeshare fraud while vacationing. Resort developers hire skilled salesmen to represent their timeshares as many different attractive packages, such as financial investments, deeded properties, or vacation clubs, just to increase their sales.

Has anyone had any dealing with Resort Timeshare Resales in renting their mexican timeshare out?

The timeshare industry has been into the lion’s mouth for the last couple of years, and it has generated lots of controversy and discussions in many forums and blogs on the web. However, since we’re living an economic downturn, anyone would expect that the timeshare sales collapse, but instead of that the sales seem to be increasing… but this comes with a trap: timeshare scams are increasing too. That leads us to the question: then, why keep people investing on timeshares?

After speaking with someone at the Attorney Generals office I was advised to write an official complaint about the company Final Sales Unlimited who scammed us. Of course I want to get our money back but I also want others to know that Final Sales Unlimited is NOT a legitimate timeshare resale company and to stay clear of them. They are very, very smooth with their pitch. Remember their job is to seal your money. As good as it may sound they are scam artists.

You can also file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint. Law enforcement from all over the country access the FTC's complaint database and use the complaints in their investigations. Watch this video to learn more about how to file a complaint with the FTC and why it matters.

Timeshare fraud has been around since the timeshare idea was created, but they increase during poor economy. When times are difficult, timeshare owners are stuck with properties they can´t travel to or even afford. Desperate to recoup some money to pay for bills, they can easily become victims to scams artists pretending to be their timeshare salvation who will take upfront fees -as much as five number figures in some cases- but fail to fulfill their promise.

I have also dealt with Tony Parker and im in 787.00 for the cost of starting the paper work this was early in April and the last I have talked to him was on August 19 2014 and he said that I would receive my final document s as of last week, I have tried to call him on his cell and company # and it's disconnected and his Web site regency consulting group can not be found.... I'm so angry with myself for not doing my research. ..

The same Tony Packer said that my time share sale will be closing on Friday and made me send him $865.00 for court fees.

My husband and I have been scammed by the cons-Tony Parker and Lacey Blackwell to the amount of $1933. I wrote a letter to the Wyoming Attorney General, she called me today 9-492014 and stated that Regency Consulting dissolved in Wyoming August 15 and should pursue contact with Florida State Attorney General. I have already filed a complaint with FTC...haven't received a response. Next step is to write letter to Florida Attorney General. Anyone know if Tony and his associates Eric and Lacey operate in Florida under the same business name Regency Consulting Group Inc? Also Eric Baxter phone # 813-609-2560; where does that take us? I know I won't be getting my money back and unfortunately won't have my timeshare sold due to these deceptive people who need to be behind bars....I thought I did research prior-checked Dun & Brad Street they had a number, looked at their website, called the number asked for signed offer of purchase, but should have asked for their tax ID and checked with IRS and called the potential buyer. This has been an expensive lesson I hope others don't have to experience.

As I read the blog on Lacy Blackwell & Tony Parker - does anyone have the Florida address of Regency Consulting Group Inc which dissolved in Wyoming on August 15, 2014 per Wyoming Attorney General office. I was scammed out of $1,933 in an attempt to sell timeshare. I thought I did my research checked out their website, verified business on Dun & Bradstreet, asked for receipts of all documentation but forgot to get tax ID which could have been verified through IRS. Now that I look back at paperwork I should have questioned emails missing job titles, why only 2 phone extensions, why no offering to provide copy of title search; just to list a few red flags I missed at a cost $$$. Hope these predators are caught and brought to justice.

has anyone had any dealing with a company called JR Vacation Consultants out of Florida? I cannot find any information on them anywhere. They seem to be extremely pushy about us signing on. We have been nailed too many times and no longer trust anyone.

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