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.

Tagged with: fraud, imposter, refunds, scam, travel
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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??

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

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