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EVERYWHERE: Here are the names of the Mexican timeshare resale scam companies/agencies I’ll be exposing this week. NOTE that if you are contacted by any of these companies (or have been already) there is no question that you are being (or have been) SCAMMED. I’m not listing them for the fun of it, I’m listing them BECAUSE THEY ARE SCAMS.
- Alliance Realty Network, Inc., purportedly in La Grange, IL.
- America West Title & Escrow Management Services, INC., purportedly in Denver, CO.
- Trendmaker Realty Services (working in conjunction with America West Title), purportedly in Denver, CO.
- Eaglets Real Estate Inc., purportedly in Chicago, IL
- Dynamic Title Advantage, purportedly in Wisconsin
- High Class Travel, purportedly a Kansas corporation
Those are ALL scam companies being worked out of Mexico in order to steal your money. More information follows below the squiggle.
This is a looong one. If you have popcorn, now would be a good time to pop it into the microwave.
Got it? Well, OK then. Take a deep breath. Here we go!
Alliance Realty Network, Inc. There is a real corporation in Illinois with that name. It was originally registered in 2001, the owner’s name being Bonnie B. Hampton in Indian Trail Park, but there are reasons to be suspicious of its current status. Most of those suspicions involve their recent track record, their methods of doing business, etc.
- They cold call timeshare owners, a major red flag
- They then call or email showing interest in selling or renting the owners’ timeshares, especially timeshares in Mexico, i.e. “My name is John Garcia, I am the Senior Broker here at Alliance Realty Network. You had a previous conversation with my agent today, your contract in particular caught my attention as well sir, I would like to have a business chat with you …. since you own [x number] weeks. I want to deal with you directly! John Garcia, Senior Broker
- I could only find one “John Garcia” in Illinois’ database of registered real estate licensees and his license expired in 2012. That John Garcia was not listed as a broker.
- Alliance Realty Network is listed in the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s databank as a Licensed Real Estate Broker Corporation, originally with an effective date of 2001 but showing a new effective date of Sept. 16, 2014 (expires in 2016).
- The domain name for their website was created Jan. 7, 2015 and expires Jan. 7, 2016. This is quite odd for a company that has supposedly been in business since 2001.
I deeply suspect that the original corporation’s name may have been misappropriated in this case. BEWARE! And the usual advice applies: DO NOT SEND ANY UPFRONT MONEY, NO MATTER WHAT REASON IS GIVEN FOR IT — AND NEVER EVER BANK WIRE FUNDS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY.
America West Title & Escrow Management Services, INC., purportedly in Denver, CO. A company by this name was incorporated in February 2003 by one Chris Durling of Wheat Ridge, CO.
On December 3, 2003 it was dissolved.
On October 29, 2014 the company was reinstated, with a registered agent named Harley Ulbright, who is listed in other documents as the owner. So for all intents and purposes this is a brand new corporation even though it lists itself with the BBB as having been in business since 2003 — a major deception.
The domain name for their website was registered March 3, 2015 and expires March 4, 2016; the website is straight “out of the box” and as new as the company itself, though they claim “We manage over $2.5 billion dollars in property assets; we work with over 300 resorts and leisure real estate developments and provide services to over 900,000 customers worldwide.” Much of the wording on their website, by the way, is identical to wording on other scam websites (many of them now defunct).
I have another word they should add: SCAM!
Trendmaker Realty Services works in conjunction with America West Title), purportedly in Denver, CO. The fact that they work with America West Title should be enough to put you off this company but Wait! There’s more.
The company’s history mirrors the history of America West in that it was formed in 1985, dissolved in 2010 and reinstated 12/02/2014. The domain name for its website was registered Dec. 19, 2014 and expires Dec. 19, 2015.
Here’s the BBB’s alert: BBB has reason to suspect the legitimacy of this business. BBB conducted an investigation into this business and found that the website lists a false address and that the website was recently created in April, 2015. BBB also received a consumer complaint alleging that the business collected over $6,000 in upfront fees.
Eaglets Real Estate Inc., purportedly in Richton Park, IL. This company, originally registered to Doris Stalling in 1995, was involuntarily dissolved in 2000 and is currently not active or in good standing. Google still brings it up as if it were still active, though, naming as President a woman named Maggie Hopkins. And its website brags “As the oldest Licensed Independent Escrow Company in Illinois, Eaglets Real Estate INC Escrow Company has a dedicated team of professionals and innovative technology solutions to offer you peace of mind with your escrow transaction.” Yeah, right.
The domain name for that website, by the way, was registered April 17, 2015 and expires April 17, 2016. Brand spanking new.
The address they claim at 5129 Arquilla Drive Richton Park, IL. resolves to a 4-bedroom single family home. Do you need anything more to recognize that this is not a legitimate company?
Dynamic Title Advantage, purportedly in Wisconsin, does not exist as a legally registered company in that state. It is a fake. That alone should keep you from believing anything they say. Interestingly, there are two domain names associated with Dynamic. The first, dynamictitleadvantage.com, has no public website associated with the domain as of this writing. It was created 2015-02-10 and expires 2016-02-10.
The second is www.dynamictitleadv.com. That domain name leads to an actual (new) website, with the former domain being used for email purposes only. This one was registered April 4, 2015 and expires April 4, 2016.
High Class Travel pretends to be a legitimate company in Overland Park, Kansas. Unfortunately there is no such company registered in Kansas. It is a fake.
Not only that, but like Dynamic Title it has two registered domain names associated with it. www.highclasstravel.co is a Colombia-registered domain (the “.co” stands for Colombia) that has no website associated with it as of this writing. It was registered Feb 11, 2015 and expires Feb. 10, 2016. It is apparently used only for email purposes.
HOWEVER there is a website for www.highclasstrvl.com, which uses the same logo, etc. and obviously belongs to the same (fake) company.
That is such an abnormal thing to do it practically assures that the two (fake) companies are related, created by/operated by the same scammy scammy people.
And that’s all for this week. Whew!
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►►► 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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