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EVERYWHERE: Here is one last warning from 2016 in which the Ohio BBB confirms what I’ve been saying for many months: It doesn’t matter what the name of a so-called timeshare resale company is; it doesn’t even matter if the company is a “real” company, because scammers are using business identity theft to make themselves seem legitimate.
The BBB Serving Canton Region & Greater West Virginia is warning consumers of a timeshare resale scam using Resort Owners Services, LLC name and former address. BBB has heard from consumers in PA, MI, NY and WI stating they were contacted by a representative from Resort Owners Services of 10150 East Pike, Cambridge, OH to purchase their timeshares. Note I covered this particular scam back in May, 2016. (Follow the link)
The consumers were given paperwork to sign and then asked to wire monies to a Mexican Bank to cover title searches, closing costs, etc. Once the transfers were complete, correspondence ceased and/or no more information could be received. BBB did note different title companies were used for the consumers. One consumer reports a loss of $22,500 in the scam.
BBB has been in contact with David W. T. Carroll, the statutory agent for Resort Owners Services, LLC and their legal counsel. He has stated the legitimate company was an internal organization that provided services to a family of membership campground resorts, but ceased operations in 2012 and has not been at the Cambridge address since that time. He stated the company never entered into any contracts with the public.
All that matters in these scams is how they operate because no matter what names they use they all follow the same basic framework. One you understand what that framework looks like you’ll always be able to recognize the scam behind it.
And how do you learn that information? Visit the following two links, which give you the information you need. And bookmark them in case you need a refresher later on.
Knowledge is power! Be powerful!
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