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Timeshare Scam Warning: Premier Timeshare Resale Impostor

stopYet again, impostors have tried to piggy-back on the great name of Premier Timeshare Resale. We want to warn all of our past and potential clients of a Mr. Sanchez and a Mr. Cortez that have been calling timeshare owners pretending to work for Premier Timeshare Resale. Sanchez and Cortez are NOT affiliated with PTR. DO NOT answer any calls or emails from them offering to sell your timeshare.

Earlier today, a PTR client contacted our offices concerned about two agents, going by the names of Sanchez and Cortez, calling about selling their timeshare. These men have heavy Spanish accents and say that they are with Premier Timeshare Resale and advising that they would like to include their unit in a 90 minute presentation in Punta Cana in an effort to sell it.

Thankfully, these timeshare owners were smart enough to visit our staff website page and see that neither Sanchez nor Cortez work for PTR and they emailed us to alert us to the scammers immediately.

bag o cashTimeshare owners, and friends and family of owners, we talk a lot about timeshare scams on our blog. Our mission at PTR is to legitimize the timeshare industry, which means providing the best possible timeshare deals and customer service, as well as putting an end to timeshare scammers around the world. We love to see success stories of scam artists rightfully convicted of the times they’ve committed and being put out of business. We hope that a similar fate will befall the impostors in this case.

Be aware of scammers in the timeshare industry. Never trust an agent that promises a buyer without confirmation. NEVER PAY AN UPFRONT FEE for any timeshare deal you do. And always thoroughly check the company’s website, staff page, and Better Business Bureau rating. These three simple rules can keep you from ever being taken advantage of by timeshare scam artists trying to steal your money.

Please, share the word on social media with friends and family. Let’s put an end to these scammers!

Timeshare Scam Warning! Look Out for PTR Poser

We often talk about the timeshare scam artists out there and we love to see them get caught and locked away. Unfortunately, Premier Timeshare Resale has been used in a scam and we want to warn everyone out there!

warningWe received an email last week asking about an agent named Yonathan Sanchez. This person DOES NOT WORK AT PTR. He contacted a timeshare owner claiming to work for PTR and offering a buyer. Of course, he required an upfront fee. Remember, Premier Timeshare Resale NEVER ASKS FOR AN UPFONT FEE.

Sanchez used PTR’s logo, staff information, and testimonials to try to gain the prospective seller’s trust. But one obvious flaw was his Gmail email address. Also, he does not have a bio on our website. All of Premier Timeshare Resale’s agents are licensed real estate agents and their licenses can be checked online.

If you receive any calls from anyone that isn’t listed on our website, do not tell them any personal information. Timeshare scam artists steal hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from innocent, unsuspecting victims. Don’t let yourself or your loved ones falls prey to these tricksters. You can never be too cautious when buying or selling a timeshare, so make sure your agent and broker are legitimate and never pay a fee upfront.

Another Timeshare Scammer Caught

Another success story of scam defeat can be told as of last Friday, November 19, in Green Bay-area, Wisconsin.

Photo Curtesy of the Green Bay Press Gazette

Photo Curtesy of the Green Bay Press Gazette

A federal judge ruled to sentence scam show-runner Mark Parks to nine years in prison after he and a crew of collaborators stole almost $2.5 million from elderly timeshare owners.

The scheme, committed in the Green Bay-area, defrauded more than 3,000 victims in all 50 states and Canada out of about $2.5 million through a number of fraudulent companies ran by Mark Parks and his wife Mindy Parks, who will be sentenced on January 5. Six other conspirators will be sentenced through December and January.

Although this is a success story, it’s also full of tragedy for the 3,000 victims of Parks and his schemers. Employees have testified, saying that they were given scripts that lied to property owners about having buyers, they received commission on up front fees, and they even lied about their names so that disgruntled victims couldn’t call back and reach the “agent” that proposed the initial deal.

These tactics are nothing new. In fact, it’s shocking that timeshare owners are still falling for these age-old tricks. Parks’ scheme focused on elderly owners, which is partially why they were so successful. The owners rarely had any outside knowledge about the dangers of timeshare scams and were unable to do sufficient research or stop by the company’s “office.”

We warn our readers about NEVER PAYING UPFRONT FEES all the time, but there are other ways timeshare owners can protect themselves against fraud.

bag o cashDoing your research is an important tip that will save you a lot of heartbreak. You should not only thoroughly research the companies website before making any deals, but research the company on the Better Business Bureau’s website. You should also research the selling or buying agent you’re working with. Never sign a contract or pay a fee without going through a licensed agent.

These simple tips could have saved thousands of people from losing millions of dollars. In Parks’ scheme, victims were asked to pay hundreds of even thousands of dollars up front to secure the fake buyer. Remember, you should NEVER PAY UPFRONT FEES.

Premier Timeshare Resale will never ask for an upfront fee and does not get paid commission until you do. Our agents are licensed real estate agents, working under a licensed broker, and we bare it all out front so you can see before even contacting us.

One of our missions at Premier Timeshare Resale is to promote safe timeshare shopping and selling, as well as work to legitimize the industry. Our trained team of experts is ready and willing to help, and through the process we hope to save thousands of timeshare owners from falling into timeshare scams and fraud. This is why we encourage satisfied customers to volunteer their testimony on our website and Facebook page. PTR aims to be a beacon of hope in the timeshare industry.

Source: www.greenbaypressgazette.com

Longtime Timeshare Scam Artist Goes to Jail

HandcuffsAnother timeshare criminal went down this week in Illinois. Jose Manuel Goyos Jr., 27, was sentenced to eight years in prison and a $1,000 fine for a telemarketing scheme that stole $14.5 million from more than 7,000 timeshare owners in the United States and Canada.

Based in Palm Beach, Florida, Goyos recruited recovering drug addicts to rip off timeshare owners. As many of these scams go, the telemarketers would promise or imply a buyer for desperate timeshare owners and would charge an upfront fee, usually more that $1,000. The buyer, of course, never existed and the fee would be non-refundable. This is why we can’t stress enough at Premier Timeshare Resale that timeshare owners should NEVER pay an upfront fee to sell their timeshare.

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Jose Manuel Goyos Jr., Photo from Palm Beach Post

The judge called Goyos’ crime “the most despicable scam in the world,” persecuting him for his recruitment of recovering drug addicts and stealing from the financially vulnerable.

PTR has not been ignorant of Goyos’ scam. His fraudulent company was called Premier Timeshare Solutions, and our company was often confused for Goyos’ phony one. Hearing about Goyos’ prosecution was relieving for PTR.

Goyos is one of nearly 50 people charged or sentenced by Illinois prosecutors alone this year, although many of the scams are based out of Palm Beach, Florida. It’s no surprise that timeshare scams have been the No. 1 fraud complaint in Florida over the last five years.

Although law enforcement across the United States is cracking down on timeshare fraud, it still plagues the timeshare industry. Before buying or selling a timeshare, see if the company you are using is registered with the BBB and has licensed timeshare agents. NEVER pay an upfront fee and do your research. If you follow these simple guidelines, you can avoid becoming a victim of timeshare fraud and sell your timeshare with peace of mind.

Sources: Palm Beach Post and STL Today

A Legit Timeshare Resale Industry: thanks to the government

When we think about all the travel we’ve done or dreamed of in the last year, it’s easy to get caught up in complaining about how stressful it was to get through TSA at the airport, or how that trip to your nearby national park was canceled during the government shutdown. But Christopher Elliott of the Seattle Times does a good job of summing up the successful role that the government has had in improving travel. He highlights fines for airline companies that have hassled consumers, inducing hotels to be more upfront about sometimes hidden “resort fees” not included in their advertised costs, and this bit about the timeshare industry:

 

The [FTC’s] biggest win for travelers in 2013 came in June, when it announced 191 federal and state actions to prevent fraudulent operations from peddling timeshare property resale services and travel prizes. Fraudulent timeshare resellers, a persistent problem in the travel industry, persuade consumers to pay upfront fees while claiming that they have buyers who are ready to pay top dollar for the properties. They don’t.

 

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The FTC also pursued companies that offer discounted or “free” vacation packages supposedly worth thousands of dollars to lure unsuspecting consumers into high-pressure timeshare sales presentations. All told, the FTC stopped operations that drained $14 million from consumers’ wallets, according to the agency.

 

Well done, and thank you, Federal Trade Commission. One of the things we blog about quite frequently at PTR is the struggle to legitimize the timeshare industry in the midst of fraud and inflated prices. We’ve done more than a few posts on scams and putting away the fraudsters, but the state and federal actions that Mr. Elliott mentions will go a long way in timeshare-resale-fraud-scamsupport of a legit timeshare resale industry.

 

Instead of relying solely on consumer smarts to NEVER PAY UPFRONT FEES, now the government is getting in on the action, and making it more difficult for fraudulent timeshare resale companies to prey on timeshare owners. And those high-pressure timeshare presentations? Get ‘em outta here.

 

Premier Timeshare Resale is excited to be one of the few timeshare resalers striving to serve timeshare owners and potential buyers with hard work and integrity. Our agents are state licensed Realtors, and the Division of Real Estate keeps us accountable and let customers know we’re the real deal. (Look up PTR agents’ licenses here).

 

Timeshare property, or vacation ownership, does make sense for many families and individuals, but may not be for everyone. Please contact us today if you’re interested in buying a timeshare resale and talk to one of our agents to see if it might be right for you.

 

Intergalactic Timeshare Resale: Exciting Destinations

We know you’ve got those itching feet and the wanderlust that comes with being human, so why not consider a trip through outer space for your next weekend vacation? Sure, Earth has all those fall foliage colors right now (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), but nothing compares with views of the stars.  

 

 

At Intergalactic Timeshare Resale, we believe in traversing not only your country or planet, but the Universe, and at a great price. Buying timeshare resale can save you as much as 70% off developer prices, just like on your home planet. Plus, most non-earth, galactic timeshare ownership comes with membership in one of the major resort trade companies (usually MDI–Multi-versatile Destination Inc., or Interworld Interspacial). With these organizations, you can easily book, bank, or trade your week at your home resort timeshare in Cloud City, for example, for an exciting outpost adventure in the Outer Rim Territories with desert spa treatments on Tatooine or a luxurious and metropolitan experience on Coruscant in the Galactic Core.

 

Like some Earth-based timeshare resale companies, we believe that vacations shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg (or a tentacle), and that those annoying timeshare-presentations are nothing but a price tag added to your resort purchase. In legitimizing the intergalactic timeshare industry, we promise to charge no upfront fees. If you’re looking to unload a timeshare property you don’t use often enough, we’ll advertise at no cost. We get our deci-creds when yours are in your bank account from selling your timeshare resale with us.

Come on, Earthlings! Access your daredevil spirits today and consider a trip outside your comfort zone.

For the less adventurous who prefer to stay on Earth, we recommend companies like Premier Timeshare Resale, whose honest business model served as a pattern for Intergalactic Timeshare’s attempt to stop the galaxy-wide scamming and fraud and cut down on inflated resort prices. We’re sure PTR has good inventory too, and they use licensed agents, just like us. So contact them today if you’re not up for a wooded retreat on the Forest Moon of Endor.

Telling it Straight: CNN Money on How to Unload a Timeshare

Whenever we see articles like this one reporting truth in timesharing market practices and promoting realistic expectations, especially in reputable sources like CNN Money, we get excited.

 

The highlights in the piece entitled “How to Unload a Timeshare” include commentary on the myriad number of scammers out there who will swindle your money, and the way the Feds are cracking down. The author gives the helpful tip to assemble all your ownership paperwork and details about the timeshare you want to sell (as well as being current on maintenance fees and payments).

 

Ways to unload your timeshare included posting on online bulletin boards like Craigslist or advertising through eBay for free. It’s also mentioned that other companies, like Premier Timeshare Resale, will advertise your timeshare for sale for free with no upfront fees. As the CNN Money article reminds us, the Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to only use a reseller who doesn’t ask for payment until after a timeshare is sold.

 

As a timeshare resale company invested in legitimizing the timeshare industry, we appreciate when we see articles like this one surfacing online, giving realistic information and encouraging preparation for a lengthy process when buying or selling timeshare resale, and giving helpful tips about how to avoid fraud.

 

Thanks, CNN for telling it straight, and reminding people that the timeshare industry isn’t hopeless. Look for companies like PTR who are comprised of licensed agents, don’t charge upfront fees (advertise for free!), and are committed to telling it straight, too.

 

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