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Mexico Timeshare FRAUD: February 14, 2015

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EVERYWHERE: I often hear from people who are tired of seeing this topic every week, who complain about it, who want to know why I keep bringing so much attention to such a negative subject.

“We get it!” railed one person. “There are timeshare scams in Mexico! Why do you keep harping on it ad nauseum? Move on for god’s sake and give us a rest!”

I do understand, of course. But here’s why I keep on with it in spite of the fact that I’m absolutely exhausted from dealing with it.

I am the victim of one of the wire fraud scams offering to buy my timeshare in Mexico. I have wired $24,000 to them in “fees” in order to get the money from the sale.

I have been in contact with SHCP (Mexico’s IRS) and they confirmed that the official paperwork and checks I have received are all fake.

I am curious if you have any other subscribers who have been victimized by them. I have contacted an attorney, IC3, attorney general, etc. I believe in strength in numbers.

Please help me to prevent others from suffering as I am and to contact those who might also have fallen victim to these thieves. Thank you.

I purchased a fractional ownership at this facility, Puerto Bahia, north of Puerto Vallarta in 2012. Nothing that the sales person told me has now been honored and they claim they “cannot be responsible” for anything their salesperson told me at the time of purchase !!!!!!!

I wonder if anyone has any experience with this group. I am hoping that it doesn’t prove to be a total scam, and I have not yet visited them to find out. But I did pay a pretty high price for this property.

Thank you for any information you can provide.

Thanks so much for your fraud alerts. Unfortunately, they came too late for my aunt. She was recently defrauded out of $50k by Chris Carter of The Brokerage Group (mentioned in your November 1 scam alert ).

Its been a long haul for thought there was hope of our refund 3 months ago .
I have reported this to Washington General Attorney(hopeless) IC3 Fraud and the Washington BBB.
The Canadian Fraud centre,Local police here and the Kirkland Police in Washington.
The Police who I have been in contact with ,the Building is actually only a few blocks away from the Carriage House travel building …suite 105
He told me that he visited the building and its only a mail pick-up/drop off and no office there.
I had a complaint with the BBB, opened in Oct.2014 for did have hope as Jeffrey Callaghan even had his input.
He quoted to me and the BBB that a refund was forthcoming if I removed my complaint as their rating was A plus at that time.
I removed this for never happened ,he seem to vanish for re-opened the complaint up again .
The phone number in Kirkland (425)374-4995 is still operating and a female still answers, I phone almost every day asking for someone.
Can’t believe that she seems oblivious of what’s going on for she knows its Wally when I call.
This Steven Ramos I have been in contact with by phone and email was my new contact.
Another suppose to be nice guy for assured me of a refund for a cancellation fee had to be paid,no mention 3 months ago .
I paid $1000.00 and now after 3 weeks , they want Mexican duty taxes of 22% of $4490.00…what a joke .
These people Dorothy Wiseman,Tom Kelly,Jeffrey Callaghan and Steven Ramos if thats their names are smoothe robbing, lying people.
Their rating at the BBB now is B plus with 2 complaints for I did phone them and said it should be an F…
Anyhow its been an ongoing battle trying to get my money,4 months of frustration, lack of sleep etc.
You can sure use our names for this company and people need to be stopped.

Thanks for listening ..
Wally and Hazel Lawrence

I think it might be too late for me… regarding your Timeshare fraud blog.

I have a company in MN that already got me for several thousand for first Transfer Fee – then the IVA tax and now they want the SAT Mexican closing cost and another $5k !!

I am very embarrassed at this point… losing sleep

Travel Around the World and Title Closer Inc both in MN

I can send you a ton of documentation on this –

Any word on these companies???

Thanks for any info

Helpless in Indiana

HELP ME PLEASE!
I’M FROM MEXICO AND I’M BEEN NEGOCIATING WITH SOME PERSONS THAT SUPOUSE TO BE A SERIUS COMPANY. THEY SUPOUSE TO BE IN CHICAGO, IL. I READ YOUR BLOG AND IT’S SIMILAR TO WHATS HAPPENING TO ME. I SUPOUSE TO PAY NEXT WEEK. IF YOU CAN HELP MI I WILL APPRECIATE. I ASK AND I CAN’T FOUND ANYTHING BAD. UNTIL I SEE YOUR BLOG. I DIDN’T LIKE THAT THEY ASK ME TO PAY BEFORE I RECEIVE THE MONEY. AND I DIDN’T LIKE THAT I HAVE TO PAY TO A COMPANY HERE IN MEXICO NAMED CONSORCIO PORTUARIO DEL PACIFICO CPP SA DE CV.

I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I SENT TO YOU SOME OF THE DOCUMENTS.

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FIND WHEN OR WHERE THE WEB SITE WAS CREATED. THEY SEND MI THIS:

http://www.lawsonmanagementinc.com/

THE SUPOUSE FUNDING COMPANY IS FROM N.Y. MORGAN HILL FUNDING GROUP.

THANKS AND I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME QUICK.

I just would like to sincerely THANK YOU all there for the time and effort you put in to this news magazine.
I realize there are good time shares and I THINK ,, people in the business ,we have not much trouble with ours over the yrs. well nothing too major. So why were we selling it ,the reason was we got caught up in the fact we maybe able to get a little something out of it to help our family.
We though we were smart enough to distinguish the difference of a scam.Apparently not..
However the message to you is I just wanted to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU, if you weren’t there we would still be in a dilemma, even today we almost wanted to believe if we paid ( for the last time)’our so called taxes” due to the, wherever,maybe just maybe we would retrieve some back …However my husband just emailed you first and we Thank you very much for immediate response almost
you just confirmed what we thought to be true.,
Because there were names out there we were dealing with those same rag bags.
Callaghan, Ramos, Kelly,dont have all on hand now,but the worst in my opinion is DOROTHY WISEMAN if I could put her away I would be very happy,she deserves the worst. We are left with no money now AT ALL.both 71 yrs. old,cant even get dentistry.
When I questioned the last Steve he is so apologetic and I talked about her ,,,he agreed told me she is very rich travels the world big time money.. Well when will we put them away I wonder.
Anyway enough for me ,but I sincerely Thank you again and hope we can save other people.

That’s an average day’s worth of emails about Mexico’s timeshare resale/rental/recovery scams, and it’s been going on since at least June 2012 (see the Texas heading). And that’s why I keep doing this.

If it bothers you, here is my suggestion: Don’t read it. 😉

For those thousands of you victimized by these scams, 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. Anonymous

    Thanks so much for your fraud alerts. Unfortunately, they came too late for me. I was working with 2 companies one called REVEL EVENT MANAGEMENT located in Chicago, IL and title company located in Colorado Springs, CO. Company name Rose City Title Holding. I hade wire the money to MEXICO and did not here from them at all.




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