Report: #1096885

Complaint Review: First Step Funding

  • Submitted: Mon, November 04, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, November 04, 2013
  • Reported By: P Fry — Lutz Florida
  • First Step Funding
    5401 S Kirkman Rd
    Orlando, Florida

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Richard Baylor, who claimed to be an attorney for the Settlement and Closing Division of First Step Funding, contacted me regarding a timeshare sale that fell through.  In May 2013, I was the victim of timeshare fraud with a different company and Mr. Baylor claimed he received my information from the Attorney General, Pam Bondi's office, stating he could help me recover funds I lost.  He stated he was working with Express Transer & Holding in Toluca Lake, CA to move forward on the sale.  He claimed that he had Hurbert Carol, the person who was previously listed as a potential buyer in the last scam, in his office and he was still interested in buying my timeshares.  After a lengthy conversation with him and also Hurbert Carol, I knew this was a scam.  I did my research this time and found the following things that just didn't add up:  1. There is no company listed in FL with the name First Step Funding. 2. The physical address on the website is an apartment complex in Orlando.  3. The phone number on website is a VoIP phone line, not a land line.  4.  Express Transfer & Holding does not exist in CA.  5. The address for Express Transfer & Holding is also an apartment complex in CA.  6. Mr. Baylor didn't know the company's fax number.  7. Mr. Baylor did not know the company's email address and after a brief hold, produced a gmail account.  8. Mr. Baylor told me the website for the company was when in reality is is  9. Mr Baylor's phone number, which he claimed was an office line is actually a cell phone number. 10. He asked me to send the documents from the last fraudulent sale to him for the title company to review.

I confronted Mr. Baylor on all of the above problems I had and he offered no explaination and only seemed cornered and confused as to how to proceed.  He ended the conversation quickly and told me that once I received the paperwork from the title company, if I wanted to contact him, I could.

Didn't fall for it this time.  I hope you don't either.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Timeshare Resales

AUTHOR: janehill - ()

My neighbor just got scammed by a timeshare resale company after the warning i gave him several times about those cold calls he was receiving.

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#2 Consumer Comment

First Step Funding & Royal Elite Timeshare Scam

AUTHOR: VickyF - ()

This company contacted me with all the right answers. They said my Royal Elite timeshare would be easy to sell and it would be sold 30-60 days, but no way it would last over 90 days. James made sure I would be able to answer my phone for all the offers. I would have to be able to say yeah or nah on the offers. It's been over 3 months and I have not received one offer nor have I heard from James to discuss any issues. This company is a joke and I warn everyone to stay clear. They got $750 out of me and I am sure they will try to get more out of you

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#3 Consumer Comment

Timeshare Resale Companies

AUTHOR: BarbaraF - ()

The resale of a timeshare is a legitimate business. Companies agree to advertise a timeshare for a fee on their websites. As with advertising, the membership doesn´t need to sell in order the fees to be legitimate. The difference between an honest timeshare resale company and a scam, is when the company falsely suggest they have a buyer waiting for their timeshare, or picture unrealistic, overoptimistic selling possibilities

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