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Today the FTC and federal, state, and international law enforcement partners announced 191 recent actions against companies scamming travelers and timeshare property owners. Many of the cases — including the FTC’s — involved timeshare resale scams.

How the Timeshare Resale Scams Worked

Timeshare Resale Scams Infographic

Timeshare Resale Scams
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In each case, after an owner of a timeshare paid a reseller who promised to have interested buyers for the timeshare property, the owner found out there was no buyer — and couldn’t get a refund, either.

5 Tips to Avoid a Timeshare Resale Scam

Before you sign someone up to sell your timeshare:

  1. Check out the company before you agree to pay them any money. See if the Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies in the company’s home state have complaints, then search online by entering the company name and the word “complaints” or “scam.”
  1. Deal only with licensed real estate brokers or agents. Check with the Real Estate Commission in the state where your timeshare is located to make sure the company has a current license.
  1. Get all terms in writing before you agree to anything. That includes services the company will perform; timing of the sale; fees and commissions; and cancellation and refund policies. If a company says you have to act now or you might miss out on a buyer, it’s not a company you want to do business with.
  1. Consider doing business only with a company that gets paid after the timeshare is sold. Don’t wire money or pay in cash.
  1. Be alert to a repeat scam. If you were scammed once by a timeshare reseller, another scammer might offer to help get your money back — for a fee. Legitimate companies don’t ask you to pay before you’ve gotten your money back.

For more, read Timeshares and Vacation Plans at ftc.gov/travel.

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This almost happened to my husband and I. When we spoke to Mr. Kravitz he sounded legimate until he ask for our credit card number without so much as a piece of paper stating what he was going to do. We refused and decided to check him out, there were several complaints against him. He actually had the nerve to contact us again and we confronted him about the complaints. He insistenced that the complaints were old. It took us several weeks before he stop calling but thank goodness he never got a penny from us. His company is We Buy Timeshares.

I'm glad you are letting others know about this scam. A couple years ago it worked on me and I lost $100.00 that was charged for them to sell my time share and then this year I got another phone call - which I informed them about the scam and they hung up on me. Again thanks.

I was in Playa del Carmen and was conned into giving the Mayan Palace time share a cr. card payment of $1825. They said they would sell my timeshare in Floria and I would have 3 weeks of timeshare and they would use 2 wks. and those 2 wks. would pay for my one week. I have not received anything. I am 72 years old and just finished my third cancer treatment and I have what has been diagnosed as "chemo brain" which made me mentally impaired.

So not only are they scamming you on the way in, taking your "fees" and running with them, but then they turn back around and offer to help get those "fees" back for even more "fees"???? Talk about clever.

Do not get mixed up with a travel club as all of them are scams built just to get money from you. The worst of these is Travel To Go in San Diego California. They scammed me out of thousands of dollars.

This has happened to my Mother. What can we do about it?

They are 5 signs that will let you know you’re being a victim of a Timeshare Resale Scam Companies:

-Unsolicited phone calls
-Upfront fees
-No real estate license
-Unrealistic pricing
-Inflated closing costs
http://www.timesharescam.com/blog//105-timeshare-resale-scam-companies/

Green ridge contacted me and asked me for money to send to Mexico. No way jose will I send money.

Timeshare industry has experienced a considerable growth over the last years. On the surface, it looks like it is a reliable market and an innovative way to vacation; on the other hand, timeshare frauds are happening on a daily basis, putting thousands of families in a critical financial situation and taking millions of dollars each year. Such conflict has created lots of misinformation about timeshares, and most timeshare myths come from timeshare salespeople.

I am in the process of dealing with pro timeshare resellers in Deland fl.I paid them 1,097 to sell now they are asking for 2,348 to complete the transaction.scam

Pro timeshares is definetly a scam operation. I paid an upfront fee of $139 and was told they would not ask for any more. This prove to be a lie and after several attempts to get me to pay, they stopped calling DON'T send more money.

Has anyone heard of SCT travel? I am wondering if they are legit.

thanks

Has anyone dealt with a Co offering great travel deals , just by calling this number... 1-844-330-0710. There is no name on the flyer. They offer buy 1 get the second free. A 4 day 3 night stay in the Dominican or Cancun, all inclusive, flights, etc for 2...only $518 plus taxes. Can't travel for 45 days though from time of booking. Is this operation legit?

Check out the company before you pay any money. See if the Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies in the company’s home state have complaints. Go online and search for the company name and "complaints." 

If you can't find any information to show the company is legitimate, it could be a scam.

Thank you Bridget. I didn't see a name, just that number I had on my comment.

Brad did you find anything out on this company?? My dad and his wife just booked with them and gave me all the info so that I could too... I'm just a little hesitant, seems a little too good to be true!

Read this article with Travel Tips from the FTC.

Getting a cold call, text or email is one sign that an offer could be a scam. Scammers use calls, mail, texts, faxes and ads to promise free or low-cost vacations, but some offers may end up having fees that weren't disclosed. Some offers are completely fake.

Before you give money to a company you don’t know, call the Attorney General and consumer protection agencies in the company’s home state. Ask about complaints. Then search online by entering the company name and the word “complaints” or “scam.” Read what other people are saying.

has anyone sold an elcid propery to vacation realty professional

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Anyone hear of American Timeshare Sales Association out of Ormond Beach Fl?? Same guy has called us several times saying he has Canadian Buyer.

I contracted with Timeshare Resale group 2130 Academy Cir. Colorado Springs CO. 80909 Ph. 303 732-3858

On 02/12/2016 I received the offer to purchase timeshare With the buyer signature and all the planks filled in. To this date I have not received my settlement form closing. I' am told that it was sold. That it took more than 30 days and that a $1,500. refund was placed in Escrow account.

Now closing wont's me to send a additional 5% LUXURY TAX or $1,500 as they made an error at first and quoted me 10% LUXURY TAX so it should have been 15% LUXURY TAX in the first place. The Escrow account is frozen until I pay the $1,300. difference.

The Title company: Closing & Transfer Services 200 Andover Park E. Tukwila, WA. 98188 MY question ! Lagit or scam ?

The blog post on this page has tips about avoiding a timeshare resale scam.

To learn about the companies you're dealing with, see if the Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies in the company’s home state have complaints. Or search online by entering the company name and the word “complaints” or “scam.”

Make sure the company has a current real estate license. Check with the Real Estate Commission in the state where your timeshare is located.

The contract you signed should have details about what the reseller will do, how much it will charge, what costs  costs you have to pay, and other details. If you have questions about the contract, you may want to talk to a lawyer or financial advisor.

To find a lawyer, you can use this state-by-state list from the American Bar Association or visit this site from the State Bar Associations.

What can be said about CTS Closing and Transfer Services 200 Andover Park E. Tukwila, WA. 98188 Fax # 1-855-609-7568 {closingsandtransferservices } any help greatly needed!

HAS ANYONE HEARD OF RESORT LINK INTERNATIONAL???

I got a call from this "company" today. I asked a ton of questions, sounds too good to be true. Offering 5 nights stay plus a bonus cruise after staying at the hotel and doing this amenities tour. They kept lowering the price to $699 and I could do a $347 deposit.. Not sure what to do. Put it on the credit card that I'm able to file a dispute in case it's a scam? I don't know..

Just got a call from them as well (Ontario, Canada). Same deal, they didn't get down to the deposit but started to get urgent when I asked if I could clear it with my significant other. Definitely shady. The query 'resortlinkinternational' on Google gives just 59 results, which means it's a brand new website. The domain registration looks a little dodgy as well, I reported the site to the registrar.

I got a call too - it all started with Marriott, and then I ended up with these guys. Started with 999, then I asked them to call me later because my boss was around and just went to 799 right now. It all sounded very sketchy... the story they gave me about Marriott was also not really good, kind of like a wave aside.

I just bought with resort link international... seemed legit... but now they are asking for a copy of my drivers license by email as part of the verification process which I refuse to do. I do not see anything on the web about these guys being a scam—- anything definitive yet??? Anyone used their vacation yet?

These guys call me every single day. They use a phone system that fakes their Caller ID (Same area code and prefix as my phone, different last 4 digits). They are located in Cancun, Mexico and are absolutely a scam. Call your credit card company and file a dispute. You will never be able to use the "certificate" you purchased.

I also got a call from this company. They too started the conversation with Marriott, then when asked later apparently they are not associated.

They kept reducing the price all the way down to $699.

This thread is the only site I have been able to find information about them on. I got them to send me a list of resorts they use. Some seemed legit. Still felt a little dicey.

Please post if anyone ended up going on a vacation.

I just bought from these guys (Resort Link International) turns out once they have your money that you are to purchase your own air fare to the land resorts also! I can assure you the rep was not very upfront about that! Also I am not sure what the list of vacation resorts are as I cannot access any on their website. Starting to get very worried here that it is a scam, did you hear back or get any further information from them?

Don't buy airfare... dispute the charge immediately. There are no resorts. There is no vacation. These guys are complete frauds and violate US law by faking Caller ID on every outbound call to hide their true location and intentions.

defently it does seems fishy i recived the same call, they stated that they ask for thr ID as in every contract to make sure of the signatures.

i purchase the vacation for 899 plus tax, i spoke to a guy name cesar lopez, and i did recived everything on my e-mail, but now after reading all of this im not sure. any one has any other info what so ever?

I purchased from them also around dec 2017..or jan..2018. For 926.84
That inc tax..I tried calling number and it took days finally got through..I an getting runaround..I ask info then we get disconnected so I must call back and wait 30 -60 min for person that cant help me either..they said they would send list of places..I still have not received..getting nervous..anyone it work out for ??

I got the same call today and when I couldn’t find anything online about them I figured it was a scam.

i just purchased a package through Resort link internation yesterday....799.00 cant find anything much on web about them....their website is vague and looks juvanile im disputing it

i also spoke with cesar lopez .....i paid 799.00 for 3 vacations over the course of 6 years....ive done this type of thing before with hilton and it was lagit...this seems very fishy ...they dont answer phone

I just got a call and finally decided to pass. The offer went as low as $699 for 3 vacations over 6 or 8 yrs but the fact that this thread is the only information online that I could find on this company was too sketchy for me. This also appears to be a very new company. The caller did get very urgent and insisted that I could call my credit company to verify them I told them I would not give my credit card information without written verification of the offer. He finally gave up after I told him it wasn't happening.

I bought a package from them today also $649 for 3 vacations over a 5 year period. Someone please tell me you’ve booked a vacation and everything went smooth?! Does seem too good to be true.

I bought a vacation package from them in November 2017. Same story, random call, such a good deal. Anyway, I tried calling them yesterday to no avail so I started searching the internet because I was feeling sick to my stomach about it. Today though, I decided to give it another shot and actually filled out a request form and submitted it, I received a call back in less than 5 minutes. He gave me the name of the resort (Vallarta Gardens) that is available on my requested dates and is supposed to be emailing me some more info. I have high hopes that this will not turn out to be a bust!

I just got done haggling with them on the phone. I was called twice from this company. They started their sales pitch telling me I'd been selected to win an 8 day cruise with Carnival Cruise. The first time they called my phone died and this time I was excited to hear more because I've traveled with Carnival before and loved it. I was promosed a 6-day all inclusive resort stay for 2 adults and 2 children plus an additional 8-day cruise vacation to use within 2 1/2 years for the price of $699. That sounded great when I thought it was through Carnival, but they asked for my payment information , I told them I was apprehensive to give it without, but they assured me I would not be charged until a voice recorded receipt was made which would verify my concent. I gave my information and was transferred to the verification officer who began to confirm the terms and conditions. she said it was non refundable, and she wanted me to confirm that I understood their company was not affiliated with any company previously mentioned. That immediately scared me because other than Carnival, no other company name had been mentioned. I had to ask for the company name: Resort Link International. I looked up their website, it was mediocre and limited, and there were no reviews anywhere for it. I felt uncomfortable, requested to cancel, and hung up the phone. The verification officer, McKayla called me back from 415-854-7946 and even sent me an email to help ease my mind that the company was legitimate, but the email had no business logo and the address was not a business address. I felt even more uneasy. I began to resist strongly and got transfered back and forth between sales rep, and verification until they transferred me to the quality assurance manager Alex Sousa, who was rude and tried to bully me into continuing with the payment. I refused, he tranfered me to someone else and the second time I talked with him trying to remove my information from the system, he was very insulting as if I were an idiot not to take the deal. I got upset and told him I wanted to leave a formal complaint or bad review on the company website because there were no reviews and they sited this as their proof of legitimacy, but I felt suspicious and bullied. when I insisted that he tell me how to leave a bad review he transferred me back to salesperson Andria who was supposedly the one who could take my information off. I firmly held that I wanted to remove my information and cancel the transaction and she angrily ended the call without confirming that my payment information was removed. I feel very suspicious of them and would warn anyone else contacted by them.

im disputing the charge right now - do not purchase from them ever
this company is fake. period. period 100% dispute the charge and ignore the calls - i need to know who has gotten their money back - by the wway - i talked to Peter, then Alex from Belize and Cesar Lopez to close - all con artists - all a con - all fake

I have also been contacted by 'resortlinkinternational'. They seemed sketchy from the beginning and should have gone with my gut instinct but for the first time in my life I was outwitted by savvy sellers into this scam. I have refused to send a copy of my drivers license and disputed the transaction with my cc company but my cc company refused to return the funds for the transaction based on 'scam allegations'. They need proof that this company is a scam or lied about the purchase. Has anyone been able to get their money back from resort link and/or their cc company or has anyone found proof of this company being a scam? Or also, has anyone gone through with the vacation and received everything promised?

I am in the process of disputing the charge with my credit card. I hope I'll get a good outcome. I purchased from Resort Link International in Jan. 2018 and when I tried to book this week, they said they were waiving the $99 booking fee, but would be charging me the daily resort fee instead. This was NOT mentioned in any of the sales pitch. They say it's covered under "terms and conditions". DON'T BUY FROM THEM!!

Scam vacation sales. Very high pressure caller. Starts with an illegal robo-call.
Claims to be associated with Marriott Hotels and Carnival Cruise, but neither of them have any associated marketing with this company. Scam calls come in as faked local number to get you to be more likely to answer the call.
Please report all of these calls to the ftc.gov website.

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