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Mexico Timeshare FRAUD: January 31, 2015


EVERYWHERE: Here are the names of the Mexican timeshare resale scam companies/agencies I’ll be exposing this week, some of which have been mentioned in previous posts and/or comments.

  • Referral Network LLC, purportedly in Northbrook, IL and acting in concert with the already-exposed fraud company D A Realty
  • Fairmount Real Estate & Equity Group, purportedly in Philadelphia, PA
  • Fidelity First Escrow Services, purportedly in Dallas, TX, working in conjunction with Fairmount (above)
  • Mountain View International, purportedly in Mountain View, CA

Note that just for starters most of the above companies do not legally exist within the states where they claim addresses. Regardless, they are all fake companies. More information follows below the squiggle.


Referral Network LLC: This one is a doozy! There is a company called Referral Network LLC in Illinois, but the company that may be contacting you is not part of it. The real one is a foreign corporation registered in 2008, with principal headquarters in New Jersey. It does business under the assumed name of Coldwell Banker Referral Network.

As you can see in this screen capture from one of their documents, they claim to have been in business since 1999 (note also the poor use of English).

Referral Network LLC -screenshot

Their domain name/website address was registered January 8, 2015 and expires in Jan. 2016. It’s brand spanking new! Oops. Way too many incongruities as to the length of time they’ve been in business!

As for their address at 1500 Sherman Rd., according to Google Maps there is a Shermer Road and a Sherman Drive in Northbrook but there appears to be no Sherman Road. The few references to Sherman Rd. I could find seem to be typos.

Fairmount Real Estate & Equity Group, purportedly in Philadelphia, is a sham company. Pennsylvania has no record of a business entity registered by that name. It doesn’t legally exist! It’s a fake!

The address they claim at 1420 Locust Street resolves to The Academy House Condos

Their domain name/website address was registered in November 2014 and expires in November 2015. The names currently associated with Fairmount are Charles Bellini, David Williams and Joe Gonzales. Phone number: 215-253-5891, a VoIP (Voice over IP, Internet Phone) using a Philadelphia area code.

Fidelity First Escrow Services, purportedly in Dallas, TX. Just as in the case of Fairmount, with who they claim to be in cahoots, Texas has no record of a business entity legally entitled to do business in the state. It’s a sham company. Likewise, there is no entity recorded for the company’s alternate name, Fidelity First Title & Escrow.

Also like Fairmount, their domain name/website address was registered in November 2014 and expires in November 2015. The company address they claim resolves to the Mercantile Place Apartments, a luxury apartment building in Dallas, TX.

Phone numbers: Both 469-250-5762 and 469-249-1097 are VoIP (Voice over IP, Internet Phone) numbers using Dallas area codes.

Coincidentally, Texas just recently released a consumer alert on this type of activity; you can find it at this link.

Mountain View International, purportedly in Mountain View, CA, does not in fact exist as a legal business entity in the state of California. The state has no record of it; it is a sham company.

In the introduction letter they sent to certain potential victims following the initial phone contact they said:

MVI is contracted by large corporation. Some past clients include Telcel, Telmex, Pemex and Cemex and now Amexo.

Oh man can you see my eyes rolling all the way from where you are? What a total crock of pootie pucky! AS IF such companies would need someone to help them purchase timeshare inventory in Mexico and pay above retail for it besides! Sheesh!

And on their own letterhead they mispelled the company name as “Mounatian View International”.

Setting that aside, though, besides the fact that the company is a fake, that it doesn’t legally exist, the address they claim at 800 California St. is questionable. This is a distinguished looking 3-story building with an Asian market, an Indian restaurant and a health center on the ground floor; no one I contacted had ever heard of Mountain View International.

Interestingly, the domain name/website address they use was registered in November 2014 (just like the two fake companies above) and expires in Nov. 2015. So they’re brand spanking new online AND they are not legally registered to do business in California — yet they are claiming a boatload of testimonials. What’s wrong with that picture?

I have one name currently associated with this company and that is Donovan Hill. The phone number is 650-752-8204, a VoIP (Voice over IP, Internet Phone) number using a Palo Alto area code.

Like the others mentioned here, this outfit is offering above retail price for people’s timeshares in Mexico, promising no upfront fees. But not only is there no real buyer, the promise of no fees disappears as soon as you’re hooked into the deal.

The thieves operating these schemes may feel pretty safe because they’re doing their dirty work from a foreign country, but they’re mistaken if they think the long arm of US or Canadian or other international authorities can’t get them, given enough documentation from the victims of their scams to provide proper incentive. It took a few years to get the infamous Michael Kelly, for instance, but in the end he spent 6 of the last 7 years of his miserable life in jail. And now they’ve nabbed Keith Kosco, who will be standing trial in Virginia for one count of Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud; 10 counts of Mail Fraud; 8 counts of Wire Fraud; and 5 counts of Aggravated Identity Theft.

It can be done. 😉

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; (or the RCMP if you’re in Canada;) 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.

Again: CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE ALL OF THE POSTS IN THIS BLOG ABOUT MEXICO’S TIMESHARE RESALE/ESCROW/BANK WIRE SCAMS! If any of them resemble a scenario that applies to you, EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT EXACTLY THE SAME, assume it’s a scam and walk away.

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 gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” –Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

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  1. Anonymous

    I was contacted by Joe Gonzalez from Fairmount about buying our vacation club in Cancun and then was transferred over to Zachary Friedman of Fidelity. I told them from day one that I would not disburse any monies up front and they claim not to have a problem with it. As they were getting ready to “close” I was sent a document from the tax authorities of Mexico saying I needed to pay over $2,700 for sale taxes, which the “buyer” would reimburse at closing.

    Needless to say I immediately told them that if I was required to pay ANY fees at all, the deal was over. This was 3 days ago and of course, never heard back from them again.

    I must say this is a well-planned scam and that we all need to be extremely aware of the subtle ways in which they behave and NEVER disburse any money or pay any fees to them, cause youl’ll never see your money again.

    I had not seen these reports before. What alerted me was the payment of “taxes” before closing.


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