ORLANDO, FL (September 2, 2015) — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Sept. 1 that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested one of two Central Florida brothers for running timeshare vacation schemes that defrauded consumers across the country out of more than $350,000. Gregory Benjamin Davis and Jason Eugene Allan Davis allegedly targeted timeshare vacation property owners by brokering false real estate transactions and bilked them out of more than $350,000.
According to the department’s investigation, Gregory Davis and Jason Davis, separately operating American Timeshare Associates and Consumer Advocate Solution Headquarters, would contact timeshare property owners, promising that the business had located buyers for their timeshare properties. Allegedly, both businesses would then require advance broker fees, closing costs and other legal fees in order to facilitate the sale 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.
“Floridians and visitors shouldn’t have to fear crooks preying upon them and their hard-earned money, and we will do everything we can to protect consumers from scams,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Floridians can help protect themselves from timeshare resale scams by checking with our department 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.
Gregory was booked into the Orange County Jail on multiple felony charges, including: organized scheme to defraud, unlawful use of a two way communication device, unlicensed telemarketing, and operating as a real estate broker without a license. Jason remains at large.
PRESSS RELEASE SOURCE: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services