• Report: #396649

Complaint Review: Givebacktimeshare.com

  • Submitted: Mon, December 01, 2008
  • Updated: Sat, November 27, 2010

  • Reported By:Corona California
https://www.givebacktimeshare.com Internet U.S.A.

GiveBackTimeshare.com FREE? BEWARE - Just another SCAM! Internet

*General Comment: Impartial observation

*Consumer Comment: It costs more than 100 to transfer title


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In trying to find a place to sell my timeshare, I came across givebacktimeshare.com - Everywhere on their website says free, but then I get the email below.... Lucky I didnt fall victim!

From: kerry.gutierrez@givebacktimeshare.com [mailto:kerry.gutierrez@givebacktimeshare.com]
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 8:02 AM
To: Lisa L
Subject: Monarch Grand Vacations and Pueblo Bonito Rose

Good morning Lisa,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have good news regarding your Monarch Grand Vacations and Pueblo Bonito Rose timeshares. We are currently accepting your timeshares in our inventory. Here is how we can assist you with their timeshares. We will transfer the timeshares out of your names and into our name.

To do so, we use Timeshare Closing Services, Inc. for the transfer of the title and Escrow services. They are a licensed, bonded, and insured title company who has transferred over 60,000 properties. The title transfer process will take approximately 90-120 days. Here is a link to their site: www.TimeshareClosingServices.com.

Services handled by the title agency are as follows:

- Estoppel Verification with the Resort (Confirms ownership and verifies all fees are current)
- Preparation of all documents to transfer ownership out of your name and into our name
- Prepaid Delivery of documents
- County Deed Recording fees (if applicable)
- Delivery of Documents to the resort for acknowledgement of transfer
- A Copy of all Documents delivered to you for your records
- Escrow Services until Resort acknowledgement of transfer

Keep in mind, we are not a listing company and do not charge an upfront fee. Listing companies are at most times a scam where they promise to sell your timeshare at an unrealistic price and charge you an upfront fee to do so. After you pay the listing company the upfront fee, they take your money and you never hear from them again.

Our services are 100% guaranteed.

The only cost to would be $1995 per week, which includes the title agency's closing costs, resort transfer fees, deed recording fees and holding costs. All funds will be held in an escrow account with Timeshare Closing Services, Inc. until the resort has confirmed that you are no longer the owners. You will never have to pay another maintenance fee again. We will take over your liabilities forever.

We can get started on the transfer of title right away. I can email an agreement to you, which spells out everything explained here and shows that your funds are 100% guaranteed. We offer a guaranteed transfer of ownership. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns at 407-956-3638 or toll free at 877-333-6504 ext. 3638. Thank you and I look forward to working with you.

Best regards,
Kerry Gutierrez
Senior Consultant
Here is my response:
What sounds like a scam is this. $1995 per week! I feel sorry for the people who fall for it, because that is a lot of money! There are no deed recordings, etc necessary believe me I have done my research! My cost is $100 to transfer through my timeshare company to a new owner. I read about you on Rip off Report, and now I know what that person said is true.

Please do not contact me again.

If you just want out of your timeshare and it is paid for, you can write your timeshare company a letter telling them that you would like to reliquish ownership b/c you cant afford to pay the maintenence dues. OR, you can "gift" it to someone so they can have the timeshare and take over the maintenance dues by contacting your timeshare directly -- for only $100.

If it is not paid for, you still have options! Contact your timeshare and just talk to them.

Scams are everywhere - dont become a victim.
Best Wishes,
Lisa L --- just a caring individual :)

Lisa l
Corona, California

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/01/2008 04:49 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Givebacktimesharecom/internet/GiveBackTimesharecom-FREE-BEWARE-Just-another-SCAM-Internet-396649. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 General Comment

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AUTHOR: ashedl - (USA)

By using the terms "good news" and "accepting your timeshares" I believe that they are attempting to mislead the consumer by implying that they have "qualified the properties" as described on their web site.  Also, I noticed that Kerry Gutierrez, et. al., are associated with not only this company, but others conducting the same business and using the same practices (see Timeshare Relief Inc. and others).  All of the businesses involved in conducting the timeshare transfer just happen to be controlled by the same people.
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#2 Consumer Comment

It costs more than 100 to transfer title

AUTHOR: Janice - (U.S.A.)

I just checked with my timeshare and it costs 10% of the purchase price which is $1000.00 + next year's maintanence fees for 2011 which is $635.00 = $1635.00 minimum.  My timeshare is at Avalon Grand Resort in Cancun, Mexico.  So I checked out a bunch of transfer companies and VI Network (givebacktimeshare.com) IS accredited with the BBB.  They also have various other websites, but are legitimate.  They charged me $2500.00, are only charging me $865.00 for the fees/service.
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AUTHOR: Gbts - (U.S.A.)

I am writing on behalf of www.Givebacktimeshare.com . WWW.GIVEBACKTIMESHARE.COM provides its services free to any qualified property and qualified properties use its service every month. It appears that the person that wrote this false complaint was confused by the site's description of services. The site is written in English and this consumer is the first person to ever claim to be confused or mislead by the language in the site.

The landing page at www.givebacktimeshare.com clearly states the following:

Even if your resort does not qualify for the free service available, our consultants will provide you with the direction and solution that other companies cannot and will not provide free of charge, so please contact us now.

The FAQ page at www.givebacktimeshare.com specifically states:

What does it mean to qualify?

We do not make any false promises or mislead you. We give it to you straight. The companies with whom we work have interest in certain properties and not others. In addition, they only work with companies like ours, not the general public, to acquire certain properties in bulk. If your unit meets their criteria (i.e. qualifies), we will pay all costs of transfer on your behalf and provide our service free of charge. The timeshare marketplace is rapidly changing, therefore the list of timeshares that we can inventory also changes frequently so you have to contact us now to avoid the possibility of paying yet another maintenance fee bill. Contact us to receive an honest evaluation of your property. Even if your resort does not qualify for the free service available, our consultants will provide you with the direction and solution that other companies cannot and will not provide free of charge, so please contact us nowthere is no obligation and our service is 100% guaranteed.

It is unfortunate that the individual was unable to understand what was written or felt deceived despite ever paying us any money. We are happy to hear that she was able resolve her issue with her timeshare herself and would be happy to hear from her when her transfer is complete to confirm that she transferred it at no cost to her. What she indicates is that the resort will transfer to someone for $100that is called a transfer fee. The hard work is finding someone to take the liability and making sure you get it transferred correctly. And if she doesn't get it transferred timely, she is on the hook for another year of maintenance fees and taxes. However, despite her vexatious and unfounded claims, we know our services are not for everyone and we hope to hear she was successful and got everything complete without wasting more time and money.

www.givebacktimeshare.com provides all the services it promises and deposits all moneys with it affiliated licensed, bonded and insured title company to provide that extra assurance to the consumer. We have expertise that benefits those that don't. If you know what to do and feel comfortable navigating the process yourself, our services are not for you. However, do not react like this consumer, we recommend you read everything before you contract with anyone and fully understand your options. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at info@givebacktimeshare.com
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