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CABO SAN LUCAS: Remember these names: Boutique Travel Leisure, World Travel Leisure, Royal Leisure Rewards, Royal Residence Club and Black Diamond AZ.
Now look at these screen captures of the websites of three of those companies:
Yeah, you get it don’t you?
The website for Royal Leisure Rewards has been suspended or I’d bet it would look just like those three.
Other similarities among all five of those domain names/websites include: all of them were registered way less than one year ago, all are being hosted on the same Mexican servers, all but one used the same registrar for registration purposes, only one (Black Diamond) has an address listed on the website (and that address is in London) or gives any indication at all of where the “company” is allegedly located.
Notably, Black Diamond, while boasting a UK address on its website, shows a domain registration address in Mazatlan, MX. The registrant is Antonio Diaz of Kaspita Studios, a Mexican company that designs websites among other things (being the registrant means Diaz is the actual owner of the domain whether or not he is affiliated with Black Diamond). Does anyone want to bet whether or not Black Diamond is really located in London? Or that it’s even a real company?
Do you want to know what’s behind all of this? Follow me below the squiggle.
What’s happening in Cabo is no different from what’s been happening in the Puerto Vallarta area, Cancun and elsewhere in Mexico as well as what was going on in Coco Bay, Costa Rica. Notably, many of the crooks who started out selling scams such as the Puerto Bahia scam, the Belaire Golf Resort & Spa scam, Castles and Condos, Grand Miramar, World Luxury Destinations, Mondavi, et al have made their way throughout Mexico (and into other Latin American countries) to run similar scams, training other would-be fraudsters along the way.
So here’s how the scenario worked in Cabo San Lucas for one victim. Learn from his experience!
We were in Cabo San Lucas on a vacation and I was asking about doing a fishing trip. I was dealing with a vendor on the Marina and the person I initially talked to was in one of the booths along the marina and I think he actually had one of the badges that I found about later. Unfortunately he brought another person over who we dealt with.
He said I could get my fishing trip just by going to a timeshare presentation. …we set it up for two days out. He gave us a voucher for a fishing boat, $400 cash, and a $75 voucher for a marina restaurant. We thought that was a good deal and left.
…we went to the Boutique Travel Leisure and they took us to the gated community at Pedregal to a private residence and their vacation plan, there were at least 10 people involved, they seemed very professional, knew the timeshare industry well, and answered most of our questions very well.
The program they described … included buying your timeshare for slightly over market price. They showed us fake websites for the brokerage company, supposedly in Arizona. They showed fake logins to their websites on the vacation plans we could get at discounted prices. It seemed like a great deal a while we were trying to get more information they would distract us.
They had one or more Americans involved in the scam, one very smooth Italian salesman, and several other staff members – secretaries, clerks, salesmen, drivers, etc. as well as some other customers – real or not – after the fact I am not positive, but they could have been potential victims just like us.
They wanted $10,000 to sign up for the deal and they would sell your timeshare for $15,000. We were there several hours, they seemed very professional, there was a great view from the house they were showing and they said this is the unit you would get from their program. [editor’s note: the promised $400 was applied to the sales price, which ended up being $9,600]
We thought about it and said sure, put it on our credit cards and left. The next day we met them at the marina and the person that was supposed to meet us for the fishing trip was not there, the guy that did meet us though was very courteous and took care of the details for our trip. We got our fishing trip and right after that they drove us back to the same house again – we were not told that ahead of time and that seemed kind of odd. They asked for more money for an extra week of vacation and we said no.
We started having second thought on them and started doing research on the companies – Boutique Travel Leisure, World Travel Leisure, and Black Diamond AZ. They had told us they have been around for years, but nothing at all came up in a Google search for those companies. I did a whois search on the domain names and they had only been registered for a few months each. The Arizona Title Company domain is registered with a Mexico address.
We never got an email confirmation of our purchase as promised, we did not get a confirmation number and when calling the US\Canada Toll-free number we were given, we only get a message that they are not available – in Spanish!
I called our credit card companies and said that I believe these are fraudulent charges and put them in dispute and hopefully they will be stopped and the money returned.
The staff had also told us they had contacted our current timeshare so when we got back we contacted our timeshare company and no, they had not been contacted and that would be a scam.
So now you know the rest of the story. What I need is the names of the people involved with this particular scam, which has used several other names in the past such as Signature Residence Club, Luxury Leisure Collection, Premier Property Management and more.
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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]
“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” –Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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