ED Magedson – Founder
First Step Funding5401 S Kirkman Rd Orlando, Florida USA
First Step Funding timeshare resale fraud Orlando Florida
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 firststepfunding.com when in reality is is firststepfunding.biz. 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.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/04/2013 03:26 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/first-step-funding/orlando-florida-32819/first-step-funding-timeshare-resale-fraud-orlando-florida-1096885. 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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