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Florida Man Sentenced for $10 Million Timeshare Scam

Ryan F. Khoury of Apopka, Florida was recently sentenced to 8 years in Federal prison and must repay $1.6 million and forfeit property in Orlando, Florida. Khoury pleaded guilty last July to commit mail and wire fraud.
Scam WarningThe scheme attracted over 5,000 victims, mostly seniors in the U.S and Canada. Khoury was associated with Fabien Fliefel of Winter Springs, Texas. The scheme entailed hiring telemarketers to contact timeshare owners and solicit fees with the promise of bogus buyers. Fleifel was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.3 million.
Whether buying or selling a timeshare resale it is important to protect yourself to avoid scams. Stay away from any cold calls as reputable timeshare resale brokers avoid this practice. Always do your research on the broker, the buyer, and all parties involved. Check with the Better Business Bureau, the involved state’s Real Estate Division, and verify they are licensed, reputable brokers.
Premier Timeshare ResaleBalloons In Flight agents are licensed RE/MAX agents and are dedicated to helping identify and stop scammers. PTR has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and zero complaints with the Division of Real Estate. Premier Timeshare Resale never charges a fee to buyers, and there is never an up-front fee for those looking to sell their timeshare. For more information on avoiding or reporting a timeshare scam, or help buying or selling a timeshare resale, contact us today.
Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

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