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CABO SAN LUCAS & PUERTO VALLARTA: For those of you who wonder why I keep writing all this negative stuff about fraud in Mexico, well here’s why (emphasis provided by me):
WE would like to share my experience of this scam in Cabo few days ago. We went to Cabo between 6/6/15 to 6/13/15. We are timeshare owner and been scammed and lost $7,000.
On 6/11/15. We went to a sales presentation near Costco at Cabo San Lucas. The office is on a 2nd floor building cross the highway from Costco. The office they set up was cross from Costco in Cabo San Lucas. When we take the shuttle leave Cabo, the office on the right side of the highway. the office is two doors next is OXXO store. the Costco was on the left. They decorate the office like a showroom with all the pictures of the new resort.
The first person we met called “Sergio Garcia”. He said the developer is going to build a resort between Villa del Palmar and Rui Hotel and Resorts and would like to presale the unit to generate money. We did not buy that.
After that, another sale person called himself: Tom Gordon (British Accent) talked to us: he would like to buy out our Villa del Palmar timeshare and put us in their “Residency Collection” which will give us 4 weeks per year of vacation and no annual fee, we only pay fees when we book from them.
We thought we can trade in our timeshare with something better. So we did put down $7000 on our credit card and sign the contract. When we came back, we found out that “Platinum Marketing of America” (which suppose to buy our timeshare) does not listed on BBB and we called the leasing office in their New Orleans, Louisiana and Wilmington, Delaware building.. was told there was no such company name renting office space from them.
We googled “Residency Collection” no such site exist.
But, they do sent us a welcome e-mail from their “Platinum Marketing of America” and “Residency Collection” to make us believe that they are real.
We start to google “resell scam in Mexico” and found out your site… and learned that we are being scammed.
Tom Gordon’s e-mail address: [email protected]
Does anyone know what developer is supposedly preselling an unbuilt resort between Villa del Palmar and the RIU? Oh, and note “Tom Gordon’s” email address — he’s using gmail for business! Really?
And then there are these two emails regarding the dreaded newish New World Asset Connections supposedly headquartered in Nashville, TN.
My husband is on the phone with Damian from “New World Asset Connections”, who purports to be a real estate Broker from Tennessee. My husband called the state of Tenneesee and verified that he is a broker. They say they have corporate buyers that buy the timeshare points as a tax write off loss and then use the resorts for gifts/ incentives for their business needs. They want an escrow fee upfront. I don’t see the posts mentioning an escrow fee but my sense is this is the same kind of scam. He is spending a lot of time talking to this guy. I can’t get any bad info on this company but I am thinking they just make new names and so this one doesn’t come up yet in the fraud searches.
Can you help with some info to show this is fraud? We haven’t sent money yet.
Hi, we are new owners of a Velas Vallarta timeshare in Puerto Vallarta. We have been contacted by New World Asset Connections out of Nashville, Tennessee about renting our condo out. Do you have any information on this company?
Well here’s the thing about New World Asset Connections. The State of Tennessee has no record of any company with that name legally registered as a business entity. It’s a sham company. As for “Damian”, well just because there is a real broker by that name registered in Tennessee doesn’t mean the person you’re talking to is actually that real broker, does it? Ever heard of identity theft?
There are literally thousands of victims and potential victims of the various scams operating out of Mexico. A large number of them turn to InsideTheGate.com and to me specifically, asking for help. Should I turn my back on them just because you find it tedious and unnecessarily negative?
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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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