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Mexico Timeshare FRAUD: January 17, 2015

scam warning >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

EVERYWHERE: This week I’m concentrating on Private Travel Corporation, purportedly headquartered in Park City, UT. I’ve discussed them before at this link, where I noted that no company with that name is registered to do business in Utah’s Division of Corporations and Commercial Code. Private Travel Corporation does not exist as a legitimate business in Utah and the address they list at 6300 Sagewood Drive Ste H-236 Park City, UT 84098 resolves to a UPS Store. Seriously, you need to refresh your memory by following that link, because I have new information — and more to come if my suspicions prove out.

I’ll wait for you. waiting

Back already? OK then, let’s continue.

Among the things I’ve learned since that previous post is that PTC apparently was hired by Hacienda Encantada as an independent sales and marketing entity in October 2013 but Hacienda may be having second thoughts about them. Ryan Wolkov seems to be running the show for PTC, with Andy Cameron and Dave Doyle as assistant managers.

Those names are all quite familiar to timeshare sales reps in Mexico; they’ve all been around the block several times and all are known for their participation in the infamous table buy-back and rental schemes operated by sales/marketing teams at too many timeshare resorts during the last decade or more. So if they are now operating using the same tactics (and reports both online and privately to me suggest they are) then making up a whole fake company with a fake website would not be out of the ordinary at all. Industry sources say Wolkov previously worked for Mayan Palace, Las Residences and Diamante, where it is said he used fake RCI websites to fool people. He also worked in the past at Raintree and I understand he had previously been an “amazing” car salesman from the Cleveland, OH area.

Other companies whose logos are included on PTC’s websites (besides Hacienda Encantada) are being contacted by certain timeshare owners at Hacienda, and I’m told that at least JW Marriott has turned it over to their legal department to handle. All in all, this seems to be a seamy deal.

Stay tuned for more info.


And finally, if you have seen documents like these (one purporting to be a Validation document from Banco de Mexico and the other an Authorization form from Subprocuraduria de Servicios Verificacion, run away like a scared bunny. Both are total forgeries. You can rely on the FACT that both of these documents and all others like them constitute a sure sign that you are being scammed!
Banco De Mexico Validation forgery Subprocuraduria Authorization forgery
 
More information on what steps you can take if you’ve been scammed, as well as how to recognize a scam, follows below the squiggle.

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►►► CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE ALL OF THE POSTS IN THIS BLOG ABOUT MEXICO’S TIMESHARE RESALE/ESCROW/BANK WIRE SCAMS!

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE IN DETAIL HOW THE TELEMARKETING BOILER ROOMS IN THE PUERTO VALLARTA AREA OPERATE PLUS THE REAL NAMES OF SOME OF THE SCAMMERS!

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO LEARN HOW TO RECOGNIZE IF YOU’VE BEEN TARGETED IN A RECOVERY/REFUND SCAM ◄◄◄

►►► Keep in mind that operating a scam from within a foreign country does not make anyone safe from the long arm of the law in the USA or elsewhere. For example:

A 21-year-old Florida woman who said she dropped out of school in ninth grade admitted Monday that she defrauded about $800,000 from unsuspecting investors.

Using the stolen identity of a Credit Suisse bank official, a UPS mail drop in Fort Lauderdale and her experience as a timeshare saleswoman, Amy Brook Wilkerson admitted running the scam while living overseas in Turkey and Georgia.
See the rest at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/crime/fl-fraud-broward-credit-suisse-20150112-story.html

But to reach that point authorities must have serious documentation that some kind of crime has indeed been committed. So take whatever evidence you may have, make your case to the proper authorities and make sure you explain that others across the country (and internationally) are doing this, too, that the scheme affects many people from all over to the tune of millions of dollars. ◄◄◄

What you need to do if you are a victim of a scam is contact the authorities:

  • Your local police; There’s little they can do, but it does provide an official record
  • your state attorney general’s office; Make sure to mention it is an international, multi-state scam so they can coordinate with other attorneys general
  • the FBI via IC3 (a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. The IC3 not only collects complaints but also analyzes them, links similar complaints, and discerns patterns in order to help law enforcement identify the scammers);
  • the US  Marshals Service;
  • Interpol – United States Central Bureau; Interpol’s databases help law enforcement see the big picture of international crime. While other agencies have their own extensive crime databases, the information rarely extends beyond one nation’s borders. Interpol can track criminals and crime trends around the world. They maintain collections of fingerprints and face photos, lists of wanted persons, DNA samples and travel documents. Their lost and stolen travel document database alone contains more than 12 million records. They also analyze all these data and release information on crime trends to the member countries.
  • the Department of Justice – Office of International Affairs; and anyone else you can think of.

It isn’t likely to help you get any of your funds back, but eventually it might help obtain some sort of justice in shutting them down/getting some of them arrested. Keep in mind that many of the scammers are US Citizens, Canadians and Brits; they can all be prosecuted (including Mexicans) if enough evidence is collected by authorities and if they can then be located and arrested.

And if you still think that maybe your case is different and might be for reals, send me the details BEFORE you wire any funds to Mexico (or anywhere else) and I’ll check it out for you. Email [email protected]



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1 comment

  1. Hacienda Encantada Loyalist

    I the people you mentioned above are “scam” artist and have indeed continue to work on the “dark side”, then why haven’t they been arrested. It is obvious were they are and this surely isn’t tolerated even in Mexico!




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