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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 13, 2019
A mi me estan contactando de 1 legacy brokerage, para la compra de semanas, la compañia que segun hace la dispersion de fondos es frontier title y me piden deposite la mitad de los mantenimietos a una cuenta en Mexico a nombre de un tercero... justo mañana es mi "deadline" . Han escuchado de estas compañias? Se firmo el contrato.y ahora me preocupa la demanda por incumplimiento ..
November 10, 2014
We received a call from a company out of New York called C.R.M Realty & Investments with the same type of offer, that a Mexican businessman wants to buy our vacation club membership in the D.R. Anyone else been contacted by this group?
November 11, 2014
Has anyone gotten a check from these guys? I am getting calls and can't believe it's legit.
December 05, 2019
Yo fui estafada por una compania llamada Travel Right Tengo toda la informacion acerca de esa empresa y la supuesta empresa de cierre Donde se puede hacer una denuncia para que las autoridades verifiquen esas empresas y por lo menos las cierren para que no sigan estafando
November 17, 2014
My husband and I were contacted by Estate Exchange group a few weeks ago, received the contract, and gave it to our attorney to review/investigate. I too, like UVCMember, made calls to check on the Broker. I was told they were informed about one year ago that Timothy Clark was the victim of identity theft and to be very skeptical of anything with his name attached. Today I have been investigating the information about their title/escrow agent and can't find anything that makes sense. I am a former Real Estate Paralegal and currently a Realtor so I was skeptical from the very first call.
December 05, 2019
Hola, me están llamando de Travellink desde Mexico para comprarme mi membresia, ofrecen un valor llamativo y posteriormente por intermedio de abogados de la firma johnsonandassociatesllp en los Angeles CA. envían contrato para firma y formalización de la venta. Leyendo este blog me genera aun mas dudas sobre este tipo de ofertas, alguien mas a tenido contacto con estas empresas. No se que hacer
January 07, 2020

In reply to by Alejo

Alejo, también me están llamando de esta empresa para la compra de mi membresia, ya sabes algo mas o firmaste con ellos ?
November 14, 2014
My first comment hasn't posted yet, but FYI to all who have posted here about Estate Exchange Group: This is the email response from the registered owner of "Estate Exchange Group": Thank you for your call and email. I do have an LLC with that name in Illinois, however, we do not have a web site nor do we deal in time shares. I did a Google search and found the site which apparently is referred to in your email and on the FTC link. I would report this suspicious activity. Best of luck and thank you for the heads up on this other entity. And here is the response from the owner of Title Authority Inc, which is the title company that EEG supposedly uses: Carolyn, We are the Registered Agent for a company called Title Authority, Inc. which is located in Downers Grove, Illinois and which to my knowledge has nothing to do with the time share business. I am alerting our client in regard to your warning. Larry Gold
Israel Mexicali
December 05, 2019
A mi me estan tratando de comprar tres semanas de vidanta, las cuales adquiri con un paquete vacacional, no tengo membresia, solo el derecho a hospedarme pagando el mantenimiento.. Me contacto FINANCIAL INVESTMENT CONSULTANTS Inc. Alguien sabe si han cometido algun fraude? Ofrecen 18,000 dlls por las tres semanas.
December 23, 2019

In reply to by Israel Mexicali

jajajaja se me hace una total groseria... ya que a mi por 10 semanas solo me ofrencen 2mil USD =(.... obvio es FRAUDE !!
May 08, 2020

In reply to by Israel Mexicali

Que tal, que te dijeron tengo una oferta parecida!!
July 02, 2020

In reply to by Israel Mexicali

Rich rizo
July 14, 2020

In reply to by Israel Mexicali

Si era fraude?, justo me está hablando Financial Investment Consultants y me ofrecen como 18 mil dlls o algo así por 10 semanas
November 18, 2014
Folks do not get involved at all with Property Connect or The Transfer Group. I consider myself fairly intelligent and usually I am suspicious of things to good to be true as I was with these offers. Long story short I feel for their scam lost thousands of dollars and never received a penny!!!! If they call you DO NOT FALL FOR IT!!!!
Alice RB
December 10, 2019
Hace 3 semanas nos llaman de INTERNATIONAL REAL STATE CONNECTIONS LLC. Ofreciendo comprar nuestra membresia en un club vacacional Cantidad atractiva. Todo sonaba interesante hasta que pudieron más de 3 mil usd para gastos de notarios etc. No haremos trato alguno. Lo comparto para poner ALERTA. Alguien con una experiencia similar????
November 18, 2014
Does anyone know anything about a company called Recovery Investments, LLC from North Carolina. They offered to buy my vacation club in Mexico and knew all the details about it and me. Called the Attorney General's office in North Carolina, but they have no complaints, just know they are calling people.
LUis Gzz
December 16, 2019
Lo mismo ahora con Brokers Realty INC. CUIDADOO .. !
November 19, 2014

In reply to by Dakota

If you're thinking of selling a timeshare, take a look at this FTC article and find tips on how to handle a call from a company offering to resell your timeshare.

Lakeland scam
January 07, 2016

In reply to by california

Zachary Hoffman of lakeside escrow in Cleveland oh. and Anthony tornatore of Overland Park in kc Missouri. Tornatore initiate the process with ph call and later Hoffman called. Promised buyers ready. Cash in hand. All I had to do was pay Mexico VAT tax and later a property luxury tax. Hang up if Hoffman or tornatore calls wanting to buy vacation weeks. And whatsoever do not send them money!
January 01, 2020
Necesito ayuda quiero cancelar un tiempo compartido a la hora de firmar nos explicaban y nos decían que firmáramos yo pregunté si la cantidad de dinero ya no iba a estar subiendo con los años a lo cual me dijieron que no y jamás me dijieron que tenía que estar pagando mes con mes y de por vida después del pago total una tarifa de mantenimiento tampoco me explicaron que tenía la opción de 5 días para cancelar ahora han pasado mes y medio y las llamadas me tienen de un lado a otro que luego se comunican conmigo y nada la compañía es whyndam tampoco me explicaron cómo se harían los pagos y a la hora que estuvo buscando me di cuenta en el contrato de ese monto de mantenimiento que no tengo como pagarlo porque al día de hoy está subiendo por favor ayúdenme a encontrar una solución para cancelarlo estoy desesperada
Almost lost my Mojo
November 20, 2014
Here is our letter: Thank you for considering the re-sale of your vacation membership. Attached is the sales offer we spoke on the phone about. Please read it, and attach a copy of proof of ownership. This can be the front page of your contract, a maintenance fee, or ownership certificate. Please make sure to write across it (void non-negotiable) for your own protection then email or fax it back to us as soon as possible. Thank you, I look forward to doing business with you. Angel Diaz Thanks for saving us huge $$$$$$
Carlos Melendez
June 10, 2020

In reply to by nath

Yo vendi mi membresia con NBB FIRM, especificamente con el broker Isaac Godoy , te dejo su numero para que te puedan dar mas info . 0019492049494
Someone's Mom
November 20, 2014
I got a call out of the blue from Vacation Resort Experts. They wanted to purchase my Unlimited Vacation Club timeshare--something I would be happy to unload to the first taker. I guess I asked too many questions, because I wound up speaking to a "supervisor" named Eddie Von. Twice, in fact. He told me that they are buying up these timeshares and reselling them. No one ever mentioned a thing about fees, or commissions, or about my having to hand over a penny. Has anyone else had the pleasure of talking to those guys? So here's the real question: is there a LEGIT way to unload an unwanted Unlimited Vacation Club time share? Where do you go to do that?
January 18, 2020
Hola, me contacto la empresa Global ABC Trip. Con la intencion de comprar mi tiempo compartido, saben si esta empresa es de fraudes?
November 24, 2014
I am just curious if anyone has had any experience with a company out of Chicago IL which is wanting to buy our uvc membership for much more than we have paid plus what we still owe. Does or has anyone had any experience dealing with International Group Trading Inc.
December 03, 2014

In reply to by cer

I just got this call from the same people. Actually Investment Group Inc in Chicago. I think it's a scam.Too bad.
November 24, 2014
I learned a difficult lesson after being scammed by a fake company called Goldstein Funding over a year ago. Recently been contacted by Estate Exchange Group LLC and a company going by Property Management. Same old story...ALL SCAMMERS!! And there are many more listed in this many are there?!! Terrible.
January 19, 2020
Alguien sabe algo de MTI ESCROWLDING con respecto a lis fraudes. A mi me estafaton con 10 semanas
February 13, 2020
Yo rente mi membresia de pacifica y obtuve un buen resultado se me pago la cantidad que me habian ofrecido y fue un buen negocio si realize el pago de mis mantenimientos anuales pero 100% confirmado la empresa que se conacto conmigo fue nbb el broker Dante Diaz
November 25, 2014
Estate Exchange Group LLC and Title Authority, Inc. are scams. As mentioned above, they are based out of Chicago and are pretty much using the same technique to take your money. It starts with a non-binding contract you must sign and it also has the signature of Tim Clarke. Then they approach you about wiring the 16% sales tax to Mexico, then AIG insurance. All the while insuring you the buyer will reimburse the fees. It's a scam and don't buy into it!!!! If you've sent funds, DO NOT send anymore!
Tony Gil
May 08, 2020

In reply to by ALEJANDRA PRADO

Hola Alejandro, por favor pudieras dar los datos de la empresa y agente, estoy interesado en rentar. Gracias
Me gustaria ha…
August 31, 2020

In reply to by ALEJANDRA PRADO

Parece que a mi hermana ya la tranzaron con alguien de PACIFICA, siempre le dan largas, y para mi ya es fraude.. y pa colmo volvio a pagar
February 20, 2020
Alguien que después de cancelar con International Real Estate Connections les regresarán su reembolso.
November 26, 2014
Thousands of International travelers, particularly from the US and Canada, have fallen victims of timeshare fraud while vacationing. Resort developers hire skilled salesmen to represent their timeshares as many different attractive packages, such as financial investments, deeded properties, or vacation clubs, just to increase their sales.
la MOnarK
February 28, 2020
Fuimos víctimas de un fraude por una filtración de información de Unlimited Vacation Club AM Restorts nos llamaron y tenian los estafadores todos nuestros datos de contacto y de la membresía ofrecieron, increibles descuentos por hospedaje y vuelos y se los pagamos contransferencia y desaparecieron Donde se hace la denuncia por esto? Tenemos todas las pruebas y de que la filtracion de nuestros datos personales fueron compartidos por la empresa a esta otra empresa estafadora.
November 25, 2014
I've contacted by Vacation Resort Experts (actually they have called me more than 20 times). They want me to sell the timeshare I have with UVC. They are asking me for the sales contract but I'm afraid that this is not legit. Anyone knows about this company? I've forward the email received by them to UVC for some advise or if they know about that company and their advice was not to provide my personal information.
March 09, 2020

In reply to by la MOnarK

He recibido propuestas de una empresa de marketing, llamada Global Gateway Dreams, ofrecen publicar las rentas por 6 o 12 semanas de interval, ¿alguien tiene alguna referencia sobre esta empresa?
January 08, 2015

In reply to by Yuli

I am getting many calls from them as well. I fear that they are a SCAM. I was called by the lawyer in Mexico apparently representing UVC. I checked out the law firm and no one in the area know of them. UVC do not know of these guys either.
April 06, 2020

In reply to by la MOnarK

Buenos dias Monark. Han podido presentar alguna denuncia? Estoy interesado, puesa hasta ahora llevo 5 meses en un proceso y me deben USD 90.000. Gracias,
So annoyed
March 22, 2015

In reply to by Yuli

I've been getting calls also. Pretty sure it's a scam as it sounds a lot like the other messages. I received a call late last year from a different company making the exact same promises and sales pitch. I assume the previous fake company got made and changed there name to vacation experts
December 04, 2014
Got a call from a Chicago number, a girl with a British accent asking if I'm interested in selling my timeshare with UVC. I said, "Sure, I'd be interested." So they sent an email with an attached letter of intent, just like those mentioned above. And, like those above, the offer was for slightly more than twice the purchase price of our timeshare. Suspicious, I googled "The Estate Exchange Group" and looked at their website. I then called UVC's membership services to ask if this was a legit request. The person with UVC said, "This is a scam. We are investigating it. Do not respond to them." Curious about these things, I decided to have a little fun and call The Estate Exchange Group directly, using the number they provide on their rather generic website. The person answering the phone acted surprised by the call, and then tried to play it off that he was the secretary. I asked a couple questions and he was very dodgy, so I hung up. This is a scam all the way. If you've been offered this deal, UVC asks that you contact them and send to them the letter of intent you received as part of their own investigation into what's happened here. Obviously their member information has been compromised. "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
yadira cruz
March 31, 2020
Me estan llamando de Brokered Benefits de Oregon, igual comprando o rentando por 10 semanas de condominio en Vidanta Mexico, alguien sabe de ellos. A lo que veo es la misma mecanica y son estafadores. Con esto que leo no me arriesgo muchas gracias por poner sus comentarios.
April 14, 2020
Alguien sabe algo sobre P. O. M. International Associates? Me contactaron para comprame una acción de tiempo compartido y dicen que se encuentran ubicados en Baltimore, Maryland en USA. Alguien ha tenido alguna experiencia con ellos?
UVC Member
December 19, 2014
Seems like the recent name of the callers is Vacation Resort Experts in Illinois. Names used are Steven Wood and Kevin Ortiz. Also got a call from the alleged lawyer representing the AM Resorts, AVG and Assoc. in Guadalajara Mexico. Asking for $2450 upfront to cover transfer, fees, taxes etc. BE AWARE!
Scammed 2
June 22, 2015

In reply to by UVC Member

I found out that AM Resorts has no idea this is going on. I was told by VRE that AM Resorts wants all units to be all inclusive and not private. They are getting good.
April 15, 2020
Hola si se pueden vender las semanas de tiempo compartido, ofrecen dinero y temgois dudas
January 06, 2015
UVC Member | Jan 6, 2015 Another caller wanting to buy my UVC Membership, from 1-708-669-0372 I got 2 letters following the call from Steve Wood President & Founder Vacation Resort Experts Part of their letter: 2. Scan and Email or Fax a copy of your original sales contract of your vacation membership. Please note; we do not need any sensitive information. Should your original contract contain your social security number or credit card information, please black that information out before emailing or faxing. 3. Once we have your information, it will be forwarded to a licensed title company who will perform a soft inquiry as to the current standing of your membership. E.g. Membership balance, maintenance or any outstanding fees currently due. 4. Upon receipt of your membership inquiry, a purchase offer is then drawn up and forwarded to you for your approval. One of our agents will contact you and review the terms of our agreement. I also got calls and letters from MAC Inc in 2014, wanting to buy m UVC Membership for $28K - I didn't pursue it since he said UVC Mgt lies
January 15, 2015

In reply to by Gypsy

I too received a call from vacation resoet experts. Area code, 708. Offering to buy my membership all I nees to do is send them my membershio number and or front page of contract stating owners' names. I am doing my research because it all sounda too good to be true. UVC has never heard of them and advised me to not proceed.