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BIRMINGHAM: Heads up, everyone, and not just in Alabama but everywhere you’ll find timeshare owners: BBB Serving Central & South Alabama is issuing an alert for a timeshare scam claiming an address in Mobile, AL. Pinebrook Resorts (pinebrookresorts.wixsite.com/pinebrookresorts) was brought to the attention of BBB by consumers claiming to have been contacted by the business. Consumers report a representative from Pinebrook Resorts contacted them via email with an offer to purchase their timeshare. The Pinebrook representative asked that the consumer provide a fee of a few hundred dollars for “closing costs, etc.”
Said one consumer, “We talked to a [Pinebrook Resorts representative] and he wants us to send $175 via western union to Daytona Beach Florida with a receiver [of another Pinebrook Resorts representative]. The money is supposed to pay for City and County transfer taxes $75.52 and title Search fee $99.48.”
These reports mirror those of complaints filed with BBB against a timeshare purchasing website allegedly located in North Carolina with a nearly identical URL. Pinebrook’s website also features matching text and layouts from other timeshare websites with negative online reviews:
Stone Oak Resorts
A BBB investigator went to the Mobile address listed on the business’ website and confirmed that they are not where they claim to be. The real estate company that manages the Pinebrook Shopping Center Property has confirmed that the business is not there and that they have received inquiries on the business similar to those received by BBB. BBB attempted to contact Pinebrook Resorts via the phone number on the business’ website, but only received an automated message for a Google Voice number that went unanswered.
Bottom line: This looks like a classic timeshare resale scam. You can find out more about how such scams operate at this link. Once you recognize the framework you’re unlikely to become a victim.
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