Current Players – 4/25/16

The following people and companies are being reported as offering to resell Mexican timeshares in the recent past.  They may or may not be scams.  Caveat emptor.  Follow the links to learn more.  For a description of potential fraudulent schemes, look here and here. For advice on how to avoid a timeshare resale fraud, look here.

AARROWllc.  According to a comment on the FTC’s blog post, this is a scam.

Ace Travel Agency Inc. (affiliated with Metropolitan Title and Escrow Services LLC).  According to a tip received at Inside the Gate, they were running a resale scam as recently as last month.

Austin Marketing Services in Denver, Colorado.  According to a comment at Inside the Gate these groups are asking for advance fees to sell a timeshare in Mexico.

Corporate Connections International.  Also reported as a scam by a consumer on the FTC’s blog post.

Hunter Levison Group (Transasset Financial).  According to a comment at Inside the Gate these groups are asking for advance fees to sell a timeshare in Mexico.

Icon Brokerage Group (affiliated with Associated Escrow Services, Inc).  They are reportedly asking owners to wire advance fee money to an escrow account in Oregon.

Liberty Interactive Solutions.  According to a comment on the FTC’s blog, a company by this name has obtained up-front payments from the commenter’s family member and are requesting more.

Paradise Vacation Rentals in New Orleans, Louisiana (affiliated with Sharpe Closings in Littleton Colorado.)  According to a comment on the FTC blog, they are asking for money to be wired to Mexico in advance of closing, which is a classic danger sign of fraud.

Platinum Legacy Escrow of 601 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California. According to a complaint, the offered to buy back a timeshare in Mexico, as long as the owner wired some money up front.  Any request for upfront wires to Mexico to “sell” a timeshare is a danger sign.

Premium Marketing International LLC.  According to a complaint, this company took $2,000 in exchange for a promise to rent and sell a timeshare and never provided those services.

Realty 21 (affiliated with California Capital).  According to a comment at Inside the Gate, they are running a scam (as confirmed by a potential victim verifying with the resort that they are not legitimate.)

Spotlight Resorts.  According to this complaint, Spotlight Resorts in Huntington Beach, California, is running an advance fee scam.  The first fee was a “title search” and the second was to let the verified buyer travel to see the resort.

Travel Marketing World, LLC., who claim to be from Princeton New Jersey (affiliated with Colonial Title in Georgia).  According to a comment on the FTC blog, they are asking for a $3,000 Mexican SAT tax to be paid by in advance by wire prior to closing, which is a classic danger sign of fraud.

Vacation Consulting Services (affiliated with Transfer Group LLC).  According to a comment on the FTC blog, this is a scam.

Vacation Privileges.  According to this complaint, a group is running a scam similar to the Platinum Access Program scam in Puerto Vallarta.  According to that complaint, a person bought the Vacation Privileges program in exchange for a promise that a condo elsewhere would be resold.  No resale occurred, according to the complaint.

Vacation Connections, LLC and Title Investments LLC.  According to two complaints, Vacation Connections and Title Investments are running a classic Mexico timeshare resale fraud.

 

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Current Players – 4/2/2016

The following people and companies are being reported as offering to resell Mexican timeshares in the recent past.  They may or may not be scams.  Caveat emptor.  Follow the links to learn more.  For a description of potential fraudulent schemes, look here and here.

AARROWllc.  According to a comment on the FTC’s blog post, this is a scam.

Ace Travel Agency Inc. (affiliated with Metropolitan Title and Escrow Services LLC).  According to a tip received at Inside the Gate, they were running a resale scam as recently as last month.

Corporate Connections International.  Also reported as a scam by a consumer on the FTC’s blog post.

Icon Brokerage Group (affiliated with Associated Escrow Services, Inc).  They are reportedly asking owners to wire advance fee money to an escrow account in Oregon.

Liberty Interactive Solutions.  According to a comment on the FTC’s blog, a company by this name has obtained up-front payments from the commenter’s family member and are requesting more.

Premium Marketing International LLC.  According to a complaint, this company took $2,000 in exchange for a promise to rent and sell a timeshare and never provided those services.

Realty 21 (affiliated with California Capital).  According to a comment at Inside the Gate, they are running a scam (as confirmed by a potential victim verifying with the resort that they are not legitimate.)

Spotlight Resorts.  According to this complaint, Spotlight Resorts in Huntington Beach, California, is running an advance fee scam.  The first fee was a “title search” and the second was to let the verified buyer travel to see the resort.

Vacation Consulting Services (affiliated with Transfer Group LLC).  According to a comment on the FTC blog, this is a scam.

Vacation Privileges.  According to this complaint, a group is running a scam similar to the Platinum Access Program scam in Puerto Vallarta.  According to that complaint, a person bought the Vacation Privileges program in exchange for a promise that a condo elsewhere would be resold.  No resale occurred, according to the complaint.

Vacation Connections, LLC and Title Investments LLC.  According to two complaints, Vacation Connections and Title Investments are running a classic Mexico timeshare resale fraud.

Additional Sentences in Fleifel Conspiracy

Joseph Bud Ramos and Kari Lynn Cash were each sentenced to prison last month for their roles in the Fleifel conspiracy.  Ramos was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Cash received five years in prison.

When Ramos pled guilty last year, he admitted that he and others in the fraud conspiracy would tell timeshare owners that they had a bona fide offer to buy their timeshares, that money was in escrow, that the deal was guaranteed to close within 90 days, and that all they needed to do to make the deal happen was to send an upfront payment for fees to make the deal happen.  (See Ramos Facts)  In reality, there was no buyer lined up and Ramos and his co-conspirators took between $1 million and $2.5 million in upfront fees from their victims.  His plea agreement with the government included an agreed sentence of five years in prison.

Cash admitted to nearly identical facts when she pled guilty.  (See Cash Facts)

The status of the defendants in the Fleifel case are:

  • Edmond Charles Burke: pled guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Kari Lynn Cash: 60 months in prison and $1,315,714.83 in restitution;
  • Fabian C Fleifel: 168 months in prison and $1,330,116.28  in restitution;
  • Kevin Jacob Frater: 21 months in prison and restitution to be determined;
  • Bradley James Gomez: 30 months in prison and $1,317,804.83 in restitution;
  • Rani F Khoury:  pled guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Courtney Darell Lister: pled guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Joseph Bud Ramos: 60 months in prison and $1,110,067.24 in restitution;
  • Amanda Nadine Rizkallah: home confinement for 6 months and $1,725,916.22  in restitution;
  • Eric Rosado: 21 months in prison and $10,371.97 in restitution.