OSCEOLA COUNTY, FL (Sept. 10, 2015) — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced yesterday that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested a Central Florida man for a timeshare resale scheme that defrauded victims out of more than $20,000. Marcos Tavarez of Kissimmee allegedly operated SEC Management LLC and targeted timeshare vacation property owners by brokering false real estate transactions and bilked them out of more than $20,000.
According to the department’s investigation, SEC Management LLC would contact timeshare property owners promising that the business had located buyers or renters for their timeshare properties. Allegedly, the business would then require upfront fees in order to facilitate the sale or rental of their timeshare vacation properties. Once the victims paid the costs and fees, the real estate transaction would not occur and the business would never communicate with the victims again.
“This is just another example of the crooks preying upon Floridians and their hard-earned money, and we will do everything we can to protect consumers from these scams,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Floridians can help protect themselves from timeshare resale scams by checking with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to make sure telemarketers and timeshare resale operators are licensed and in good standing.”
The following tips help protect consumers from common scams:
- Before any purchase is made, research whether the telemarketer or telemarketing salesperson is registered with FDACS and if any complaints have been filed against them. This can be done by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com’s Business/Complaint Lookup or by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).
- Do not give out bank account, credit card or personal information (date of birth, mother’s maiden name, Social Security number, etc.) over the telephone, unless it is to a known and trusted source.
- Request written information by mail about the organization itself, as well as the product, service, investment or charity.
Tavares was booked into the Osceola County Jail on multiple felony charges, including: organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and money laundering.
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services