Callers target timeshare owners for a second scam

In June 2013, the FTC sued several companies that scammed timeshare owners. The companies claimed they had interested buyers for timeshare properties. In fact, if timeshare owners paid, they found out there was no buyer — and they couldn’t get a refund.

Now, somebody is trying to rip off those timeshare owners again. Several people who previously paid Resort Solution Trust have reported to the FTC that someone recently called them claiming to be an attorney working on a case against the company. The caller said the timeshare owner was eligible for a refund, generally $1,000-$4,000 — if they first paid a “bond” or “fee,” around $800.

It’s a refund scam, designed to get more money from people who lost money from the original timeshare resale scam. People who pay will lose more money.

If you know anyone who lost money to a timeshare resale scam, please let them know that scammers may call claiming to get their money back if they pay a fee. When the FTC is able to refund money to people who have been scammed, the agency never requires them to pay. If you get such a call, report it to the FTC; indicate the name of the timeshare reseller.

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I am an IRS employee and ive been getting a lot of phone calls this week on our toll free line from people that have gotten calls about this as well as other scams involving FTC.. One guys said he was on a call for an hour with some one from the FTC lottery department that told him he had won 7 million dollars and he needed to claim it... Scary that these criminals are getting sneakier and stealing peoples lives right under their noses

are you aware of any scams where a person claims to be an Mexican Official, working in the fraud dept and states that they just busted a False Resale Shop that steals Identities. they called us and i am not sure what to think. we were in mexico last month...they won't speak to me, and wanted my fiance to call them because they are in possession of personal information and wanted to confirm if he has been a victim of identy theft recently.

I got a similar call and was wondering if it is real. They have nopt asked for any money yet, but are saying that they won $28k for me.

The FTC has an article about prize scams  that could help you.

You might be dealing with a scammer if they say you won a prize, then tell you to pay before you get the prize. Sometimes they say you have to wire money to them, or deposit a check they send you. They migh say they're from the government, or use the name of another familiar organization.

Don't wire money or deposit a check from someone you don't know. If you have to pay before you get a "prize" then it really isn't a prize.

thus you must penalize the bad boys, one way is to hit them with twice the value of the time shares en toto plus twice the value of the underlying RE, this way bad boys wont want to play in this game where they are made to be the suckers

whether or not you agree, i have suggested usgovt do more Nationalizing of property until those pay all tax needed to support budget and debt etc, and thus make usa self supporting as to loot.. i doubt other agencies will start this ball rolling but you are prime in that you deal in a hook way with RE which as you probably guessed is not moveable, thus you can slam all papers used against the underlying RE without loss, thus you can get the bad boys and make them pay as in my last email - "NATIONALIZING" means usgovt takes ownership, full ownership and discharges all loans liens and all other encumberances, and holds the RE free and clear thus all income is profit that is circular around tax direct into tax revenue to pay budget and debt, a nice, cheap, way to go...

Fortunately I don't know any victim of scammers in this category. Thank you.

I have been getting numerous calls in reference to try to sell me timeshare and other issues even though I am listed in your DO NOT CALL REGISTRY FOR MORE THAN 120 Days. How can I forward you a copy of one of the e-mails that I am receiving without my consent/authorization. Please provide me with an e-mail address to send the scam e-mail to them at the FTC. Thanks for your cooperation.

I contacted Profeco which is the equivalent of our Attorney General. I am in the process of getting my money back. The fake buyer is in a Mexican jail

I am receiving numerous calls and e-mails from time share companies even though I never wanted/intended to buy anything from them . My telephones have been listed under the "DO NOT CALL REGISTRY FOR MORE THAN 90 DAYS" AND I WAS A VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT FRAUD. PLEASE HELP ME by contacting me via e-mail only. THANKS. Susana

i have been a victim of idenity theft for 15 years have been reporting it, to the FTC and have never seen a refund after all I've been through.So now what am i suppose to do when my whole life & credit has been stolen by career criminals...thanks

I have received numerous phone calls even though I am in the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY FOR MORE THAN 90 DAYS. I am also getting e-mails from unsolicited Time Share Companies. I was a victim of identity theft fraud. Please help me by contacting me via e-mail only. Thanks, SML

Please post the phone numbers here so you can help others avoid this scam. Thanks!

call to an elderly female, from 1585448431 time eleven am on tuesday november twenty five 2014, caller said they were from IRS, and to contact the IRS immediately. elderly female was able to get partial number. Caller said, "take care," than hung up.

Never pay upfront fees, PERIOD! it will protect you from 99% of all Timeshare resale scams.

Thousands of International travelers, particularly from the US and Canada, have fallen victims oftimeshare fraud while vacationing in Mexico. 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.

i was called by Tony Parker saying he had a buyer for my time share/ I payed app. 1900 dollars for title search and Fla. taxes. said closing was aug. 19th. He work
s for Regency Consulting in Casper Wyoming. mindy Moran signed for check. Lacy Blackwell also called me.They gave me an account number States the sale went through Pinacle financing.

You can file a consumer complaint with the FTC at appreciate your blog comment because it helps warn other people about this scam, but it’s not a formal complaint. The details in this comment are great for a formal complaint. Watch this video to learn more about how to report a scam and why it matters.

I was contacted yesterday from a company and given a number to call for a conference call. They claimed they could get people out of their time shares legally for a fee ranging from 3000. to 5000. This was a high pressure presentation where they used the phrase "do the right thing" more then once. It just felt like a fraud to me, but I think it may have sounded like a plauseable solution to others that were in one the conference call. Have you heard of this?

If you're thinking of selling a timeshare, take a look at this FTC article for tips on how to handle a call from a company that offers to resell your timeshare.

Don’t agree to anything on the phone or online until you've checked on the reseller. Contact the state Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies in the state where the reseller is located. Ask if there are complaints on file. You also can search online for complaints by typing in the company name and the word 'complaints.'

recently received many calls from itra sign up centre from uk, a chinese lady telling me no win no fee, guarntee free,compensate up to 4 times, its sound really good, but dont get scams.Anyone here really get the refund 4 times.All those peoples trying to cheat our hard earn money will get punish one day. my time shares already 20 year already, just leave it ..

Please I need some help... I received a call from a Company Global Liquidity services offering me to buy my time share extra weeks and say they have people that will rent them and they are offering me $15,210.00 for six weeks, then they put me in contact with another escrow company White Valley Closing Group LTD, who says willl send me the money as soon as we close the agreement. They ask me to send them more than five hundred dollars per week and say that I will receive my money in February. They have established web sites that seem legal at and Global has an address 102 Versalles Blvd. Lafayette,LA 70501 and the other white Valley says is located at 275 4th St E. St Paul, MN 55101 will some one help we in this??? I need to know ASAP if this is fraudalent.

You got a call from a company you never heard of. They say they can help you, but they want you to pay them first.

This FTC article about Timeshares has tips about checking out a timeshare reseller. Here's one tip:

Don’t agree to anything on the phone or online until you’ve had a chance to check out the reseller. Contact the state Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies in the state where the reseller is located. Ask if any complaints are on file. You also can search online for complaints; type the name of the company and the word "complaints" into your search bar and see what other people say about the company.

The FTC travel scams page has more information. The travel scams page has links to some information from state attorneys general too.

We were also contacted by Global to purchase my unit in Puerto Vallarta. So far there was no mention of fees. Their site says they do rentals and resale but no inventory is listed. Seems odd, right? Also, how do these people even know what we own or how to contacts us?

Adolfo, Am curious, have you communicated with them since your post here?

I received a call from Global Liquidity Services(Michael Bennett) and White Valley Closing (Tom Stevenson). I had my broker look at the contract and she said it was weird that the buyers were not disclosed. When I told them I wanted to use my own escrow company, they stirred me out of that and said I would have to pay my escrow as opposed to having the buyer pay for escrow saving me $4,000. I insisted that it was fine for me to pay my own escrow, because at least I know them. They got frustrated and cancelled the whole deal. Don't deal with this people. It's a scam!

I was also contacted by the same company, Global Liquidity Services, and the White Valley Closing Group. I spoke with the Secretary of State of both Louisiana (for GLS) and Minnesota (for WVC). Neither business was registered to do business in their respective states.

My sister unfortunately fell for this. Does anyone know how they can go about getting their funds back?

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