Universal Timeshare Another one scammed Beaverton, Oregon
*Consumer Suggestion: universal timeshare is a scam
In January 2013 we received a call from Universal Timeshares. The person was Shaun. He said he had a buyer for our timeshare and if the buyer and seller can agree on the amount we could close within a week. All we had to do was go ahead and pay the fee of $2200 and the process can go forward. The fee was for the legal work. We were also told that the buyer pays all closing costs. Upon agreement Mr. John Leston got on the phone as Shau's Manager and asked if we had any questions. I kept calling regarding the progress of the sale. James at 888-395-7276 kept telling me they have not received the signed document from me that is required. By the third time of me sending the form I had it sent by certified mail with a returned receipt. Finally they said they received it and the closing would be in March. Another snag. The couple buying the timeshare has to work out their end of the deal. Finally I was told the closing was set up for April 23. How surprised I was when I received a call from Brian (971-238-1524) on April 1 that he was in charge of the closing. He told me that I would need to send $1685 by Western Union for our share of the closing. I told him I was told I would not be paying any closing costs. He said because they were having to finance the cost were split between the buyer and seller. We were already out $2200 so we went to Western Union and sent the money only because we needed to be out of the timeshare. I was told that I would have our check for the sale of the timeshare by Wednesday AM by Fed Ex. He was going to call and give me the tracking #. On Tuesday I went to check the tracking # and Fed Ex web site said no number found. I called Brian and was told that there was not a problem on Western Union but on their end. He later returned my call and said he is having my check recut for the sale of the timeshare + the $1685 + $149 Western Union fee and I would still receive it by 10 AM on Wednesday. All I needed to do was go to Western Union and send another $1685 so he could release the check. It was a guarantee that I would have the check. I asked about me sending the $1685 when I received the check back. No they couldn't do that. He checked with "someone" and said all I needed to send was $1300 and then I could send the difference when I got the check. Needless to say I didn't get the check and there will not be a closing because I did not send the additional money. I would like to thank Universal Timeshare for the RIP OFF OF $4034 and showing me you can not trust anyone. Looking at the web site I thought this was a legit company. PLEASE LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKE. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY.
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