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The FTC and state consumer protection agencies have shut down dishonest timeshare resellers for bilking timeshare owners out of millions of dollars. If you’re selling a timeshare, listen carefully for the promise of lots of money quickly and a request for an upfront fee. Those are two key signs of timeshare resale scam — and someone you don’t want to do business with.     

In one recent case, Vacation Property Services claimed to represent big-name companies eager to buy timeshares for business travel and events. The company guaranteed timeshare owners hefty returns if they moved quickly on the offer. But first, the company said the owner had to pay from $500 to $2,000, via credit card, in “registration” and other fees to seal the deal.

Timeshare Resale Scams Infographic

Timeshare Resale Scams

The company’s promises of ready buyers, fast sales, big profits and money-back guarantees turned out to be lies. What’s more, the timeshare owners were stuck with debt on their credit cards from paying the “fee” after the company told them that the sale would be complete — and that they’d have their money — by the time the credit card bill came.

If you own a timeshare, question any offers to help you resell it. Be skeptical of companies that:

  • claim the market in your area is “hot” and that they’re “overwhelmed” with buyer requests
  • say they have buyers ready to purchase your timeshare — or promise to sell your timeshare within a specific time
  • guarantee you’ll get big returns on your resale
  • require you to pay fees upfront — even if there’s the promise of a “money-back guarantee”
  • don’t provide a contract — or provide a contract that doesn’t accurately reflect conversations you had   

Read about buying and selling a timeshare, or check out our infographic to see how timeshare resale scams typically work.

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November 14, 2017

In reply to by toogoodtobetrue

I, too, was contacted by Escape with Travels and ultimately discovered they are totally a scam, using the same attorney, D. Marie Sherman, out of Casper Wyoming. DON'T SEND ANY MONEY!
October 25, 2017
Has anyone dealt with Getaway Travelers Inc.
p. user
February 06, 2018
Company Name: ALLIANCE BROKER INC. Company Address: 103 Marty Dr. Suite 201, buffalo, minnesota Company Website: www. alliancebrokerinc. com Company Phone: (612) 295-0329 Sales Person: justin monroe Sales Manager: justin monroe I was contacted by a guy named justin monroe not the writer he identified himself as the CEO of a company alliance broker from Minnesota he offer me to buy the right of use for my timeshare with Grand Luxxe for $92,000.00 USD. I played along just to see how far he will go, according to him his company (now he was the owner not the CEO) he told me no upfront fees or cost that his company will pay for the maintenance fees because Johnson & Johnson hired him to organize a golf tournament and that he was working directly with Vidanta. (I called vidanta and they don’t now the guy or the event). the funny part is that he mention that he will go to the bank to liquidate stocks from his company to pay me the $92,000 and less than 30 minutes he called me back to let me know the money was ready to be send, I guess the T+3 rules of the SEC doesn’t apply for this guy i mean really less than 30 minutes to trade stocks when the actual process is 3 days am sure he doesn’t even know this. And guess what happened when i told him i don’t want to continue he said no problem I will pay for the cancelation fee for you. Here is the info of this scammer not so smart he was arrogant all the time, he even sent me a license number that it shows another guy as CEO and the only register agent also. https: // mblsportal. sos. state. mn. us/ Business/ Search file number 1927122-2
November 08, 2017
Has anyone been contacted by Wellington Morgan Advisor based in Columbus Ohio. Was contacted with an Intent to Purchase fractional unit in Mexico for lot more than we paid for it. Have not been able to find any in BBB or the internet other than the company's website wellingtonmorganadvisors. com)
November 16, 2017

In reply to by skeptic1

I was contacted by them. I am here because I can't find any information other than their own website online.
different names
November 20, 2017

In reply to by skeptic1

these scam companies change names so fast that we cant keep up. I was scammed and now just want to warn others. look up Mexico money wire scam. it is almost a step by step process on how they will scam you. I found it too late. they will take their time in convincing you.. don't fall for it.. if they ask for any money to be sent... ITS A SCAM, been there..
October 31, 2017
I received a call from US Timeshare Exchange. Has anyone dept with them at all?
November 02, 2017
Received a call from Vacation Executive Resale in California Anyone had a call from them ?
November 02, 2017
I am getting an offer from Premier Events LLC for a Cabo timeshare, with support of Title Specialists in Huntsville, AL. They are not asking for any money upfront. Anyone else hear from them?
November 09, 2017

In reply to by Jackbwary

We have rec'd an offer from the same company. Did you ever find out if it was a legit offer?
November 13, 2019

In reply to by Jackbwary

They all say, "no money up front" until the last minute and then there is a Mexican tax or fee for a permit which will be refunded by the buyer.
November 06, 2017
In the middle of a transaction with a Chris C. Chin with Gold Coast Real Estate, Inc. Everything looked legit until today when a Richard Brown called stating he's the broker and claimed we needed to pay the Mexican SAT a SRE Fee of $3,705.14, even though Chris S. Chin stated we did not have to pay anything upfront.
November 13, 2017

In reply to by jimori

Don’t do it! Learn from my mistakes. They are still trying to get be to pay $5k . We have already lost $11k. Look at BBB site they finally got an F. I sent the complaint to them and the FTC
bug eyed
November 07, 2017
Received an offer from a company called Rock River Partners Firm. Has anyone heard or been contacted by them? Their letter is very similar to the example posted earlier.
November 24, 2017

In reply to by bug eyed

We also received a call from Rock River Partners Firm. In looking up they have only had their web address for 5 months. When my husband questioned the amount they were going to give us they came back with a higher offer. I think they are a scam.
April 06, 2018

In reply to by RNlady

Do not give them anything. The “actor here are “Danny Rae”, “David Stevens” etc. They are in cahoots with Vinter Trust (Supposedly out of Denver). Principals there are Ronald Graham. These people are thieves. Unfortunately, when I contact the US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) they seem to take complaints but no follow up as these operators as still at large. They stick to the storyline like the thieves they are and try to avoid you. I suspect the website and phone listing will go dark soon as I keep calling
November 07, 2017
Planet Travel in Cheyenne, WY or Newport International investments in Colorado Springs, Co. Anybody know anything of either of them?
November 11, 2017
Royal Star Properties in Portland, to have a Mexican buyer for my Timeshare at Mayan Palace in Cancun. They have offered me a closing with 1ST National Escrow in Denver for $42,000.They claim the Mexican Government requires a $3820 fee from any foreigners wishing to receive income from Mexico. They are requesting me to send the money now to a bank in Guadalajara. They claim not to be a scam. Anyone have feed back?
March 28, 2018

In reply to by Nate

I'm in the middle of a proposed sale right now. I'd like to talk with you on the phone about my experience. I live in Detroit, MI. Jan
Scamed by ISGNY
November 11, 2017
These scamers are really good. They know the business and can make it all sound legit. They send forms and contracts that look legal. I fell for the initial stage but stopped when things just did not look right. Now they are threatening to take me to court to get their sales commission. I would think this is all another scam to get me to pay but is there any way they could actually do this if they are phony?
November 13, 2017
Gold Coast is a scam.
November 13, 2017
We have been contacted by gold coast reel estate in July for our 2 timeshare in cancun and Playa del Carmen. We infortunaltly fell for it. They cost us over 25 000$ US. we are Canadian so for us it is about 30 000$. A big chunk. First, we needed a visa permit The mexican gouvernment, in order to sell, it would last 90 days. That was a % of the value of our property. Then, the gouvernment of quintanaroo needed us to pay a tax On our property before we received the money. The reason they gave us, was that we are not mexican resident so it is usually how it work. We did it. At this point, the gold coast agent who was responsable of us, told us that we would not have any additionnal fees to pay, but a few days later, they came back and asker us for an additionnal 6000$ us. We stop everything there. And closed the contract, now they are threatening us to sue us for break of contract and they want us to pay for their comission. Thats where we are... we have no way to get our money back from mexico. We would apparently have to show up there, in mexico and debate with the gouvernment. But at this points, all our credit cards and line of credit are full. We dont even have money to defend ourself and get a lawer... we file a complan against them on the FTC website. We are only hoping that they are not legit. So we wont have to pay more money to go in court and fight.
December 14, 2017

In reply to by dJ

They scammed us too. We did not pay anymore money to Gold Coast. They told us the same thing that we would have to travel to Mexico. We filed with BBB, FTC and took out a police report on these scammers.
November 14, 2017
I also received a call and offer letter from Rock River Partners Firm and am trying to determine if they are legitimate.
November 29, 2017

In reply to by Nrussell

I received this as well. Spoke to a gentleman there named Aaron Bennett. Am being told there is no upfront fee, that they get paid by commission only if it is sold. Am trying to get more information...
November 15, 2017
I have been approached by numerous scams, bilked of some money too. have currently a letter of purchase from EVERGREEN EQUITY INVESTMENTS of San Diego. has anyone dealt with them?
November 21, 2017

In reply to by Sandra

I am currently in conversation with Evergreen Equity Investments (two people, in San Diego), was contacted by them in the last few days as well, but I have serious doubts about them. They made very high offers for my two Mexican timeshares, want thousands (USD) up front, etc. One of the two is a "nonworking" but "licensed" real-estate salesperson without a brokerage, the other not even listed as licensed, per Calif. Bureau of Real Estate. Be careful out there!
November 15, 2017
Has anyone dealt with International Realty Corporation in regard to selling their Pacifica timeshare? We understand that we are one of several parties still awaiting disbursement of funds from the bank in Mexico. We are in deep financially and are repeatedly told that the funds will disperse however we are beyond frustrated and concerned. We'd like to join forces with the other alleged selling parties to see if a group action may be beneficial.
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November 20, 2017

In reply to by Frustrated!!

I too was in deep with them, lost it all. they will threated to sue because you did not go through with the contract. the contract is a fake so it doesn't matter. get out get out, look up Mexico wire transfer scam. it will tell you what they do step by step. report it to all the agencies you can and warn others.
November 16, 2017
Has anyone dealt with Best Travels Deals/Offers
November 16, 2017
Rock Rivers Firm called me today. They are definitely a scam. Any broker who has a licence knows that by law, you MUST have your licence number on your website. 1st big clue they are a scam. Of course they make a ridiculous offer, which if they were legit they would have their client buy directly from the resort at a fraction of that cost.
November 21, 2017

In reply to by SoCalSurf

What did the Rock River Partners Firm for with your information? I returned the non binding letter today. I'm being cautious.
November 27, 2017

In reply to by Sully32

Don't give them anymore info than they already have!!I just pretended that I got a better offer from someone else. They said they would see if their "buyer" would match it. They haven't contacted me back since. I asked them for their broker licence, they said they would send it to me. Of course they didn't, because they don't have one. DO NOT SEND THEM MONEY!!!. No offence to anyone in Iowa, but do you really think people in Iowa are buying timeshare for 3-4 times what you paid for it. If the people know about your resort, it's from going there themselves, in which case they resort would have given them more or less the same price as you..
February 06, 2018

In reply to by SoCalSurf

They are a scam !! Not a registered company and working with Vinter Trust and Assets. Addresses are false
November 16, 2017
I have also gotten a call from Signature Luxury Properties, They are also a scam. As a real estate broker, I know for fact that your website MUST have your licence number on it, theirs does not. Also if you really get into checking on the names they give you, what I found is they use other licensed agents around the state that are inactive and say that they are them. The "guy" that called me was licensed as a real estate appraiser. Do not do business with them.
December 03, 2018

In reply to by SoCalSurf

I received a call from Sky Luxury Properties, Richmond VA to but my timeshare residence in Mexico. They offered me 3 times what I paid, they have a third party company called Progressive Roots to perform the closing cost as collateral and transfer holding of money. Only problem, is now they want the closing cost to be paid upfront which equates to apprx $5k. Why can’t they take this from the proceeds and they stated it’s because I don’t own the title of the timeshare only the membership which is with VidantaResort. I requested the agent provide me with a license number by email and this has yet to occur. The website seems legit but also doesn’t have license numbers or agent names, pictures. Has anyone heard or been contacted by these companies?
December 03, 2018

In reply to by Gina

I have been contacted by them as well about my membership, and offering an attractive amount. I haven't gotten to the point that you have yet. I'm beginning to wonder if this is fake, and they're trying to collect these funds like you're talking about, only to disappear after they get them. I'm not sure if I will be continuing any further conversation with them.
January 15, 2019

In reply to by Chartle

HAs anyone actually been scammed by Sky Luxury properties? They are wanting an upfront tax that goes to Mexico. I wonder if anyone has actually sold their timeshare through them.
March 12, 2019

In reply to by MB

They are in fact a scam. They did get some money from me. Now I can’t reach either sky luxury or roots capital. Wish I had listened to my first mind; and my sister.
December 10, 2018

In reply to by Gina

I have been in conversation with Sky Luxury Properties. Thanks to other posts on this site, I stopped having conversations with them. When the "broker" was asking me why I was not going forward, I told him I refuse to pay any closing costs upfront to which he said they could work around that. Then when I told him I had heard about the supposed income tax charged by Mexico, he hung up on me. Also, watch out for AB Marketing. Another fraudulent company according to Vidanta. They give you a story about wanting to rent your weeks for a convention coming up later in the year. The more I talked to them, the more unreasonable it sounded and he eventually made a mistake in some of what he told me to let me know they were not legitimate.
December 18, 2018

In reply to by Gina

I also received a call. I am not interested in selling my membership with Vidanta so the call caught me off guard. They emailed me the contract which I now reviewed and noticed the closing cost fee. I do not plan to answer any of the calls or reply to the email. Thanks for alerting everyone on the thread.
January 15, 2019

In reply to by Gina

I was offered same. This time with a license number. However, when I questioned the contract and the commission, transfer fees and balances; I was told that I would have to change the contract to reflect what was agreed upon. I think a lawyer would have to be called in for me to sign.
January 19, 2019

In reply to by Gina

They did give me a broker license number. I asked why they couldn't take the closing costs out of the final payment. I told them I wanted to meet them in person in VA. I feel like it will be worth it to fly there and see if it is legit.
November 17, 2017
Gold Coast Real Estate in NY is a scam. Please do not fall for it.
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November 20, 2017
please post these scammers names and companies and help others to be warned. we need to keep up as the scammers change names and save other from the lost we all had. the stories are so good to show what good scammers are out there. thanks to everyone for posting. was too late for me. but I am continuing to post to warn others as these scammers will call back and I get info and post here to warn.
Perci 123
November 21, 2017
Network Brokerage Corporation called wanted to know if we wanted to sell timeshare in Mexico. Told us he had a buyer Not asking for money up front Letter of Intent to Sell Timeshare is with Sunset . Buyer to Pay for Lawyer , Escrow any other fees. said they were at 230 Park Ave New York City NY. Looked it up called security for building not listed. The Escrow company CCW Holdings LLC has land number answers with a girl with Mexican accent. they never answer. NBC Real Estate has only i800 # no other local # for a so called large company, which is usual. Escrow company supposed to call today agent won't give me their extension #. They are drawing up the contract for sale when ready will send to me . Have my lawyer look it over .Anthony Davis is the agent in charge . Seems so nice to bad its sounds more like a scam. looked them up could n't find info on either men from either company . Some one from a position in the company should have info about them So beware of them Not giving any more info or MONEY Called Sunset so they can tell their clients.
November 22, 2017

In reply to by Perci 123

We've had an Ellen L. Miller from Network Brokerage Corporation calling us for the past week or so as well. What is the scam? They're not asking for money. Are they somehow able to take ownership of the timeshare away if we do provide them with a copy of our contract, like they've been requesting. We haven't moved on this, since it all seems a little too good to be true.
November 21, 2017
Anyone receive a purchase offer from Bayview Property Management? They haven't asked for cash upfront and are taking commission after I get paid. My timeshare is with UVC. Is this legit?