This stuff is happening year after year & I would like to know why class action lawsuits are not out against these individuals. Look at these complaints for this last year:
This is a typical mailing, usually trying to get you to come to a local hotel for a high pressure sales presentation where in the end, you will be writing a check for fees to allow the company to either buy or market your time share resort condo.
They will not give you any information over the phone, but pressure callers to come in person to their hotel presentation. A clue to a possible probom is the letter is unsigned. There is no record of the company being registered at the Secretary of State's office in California or Florida, where we received the letter. Another clue is they claim the offer is "For a limited time," and give a cut off date to call their phone number (888) 242-8706.
The phone number apparently changes depending on when you receive the letter. A second letter received showed (888) 453-9461 and included an "account number" of 9109206 under the heading of "Annual Association Notice" and again with a date to call them by.
The Central Florida Better Business Bureau and Southern California BBB says the company, is not accredited
and has had 10 complaints about sales and advertising tactics since May 2012. According to BBB records Resort Members Association began business in March 2012. The operations manager is listed as Robert Podlesni and the company is listed as a title company.
Many people report getting mailings and phone calls from the company even though they don't own a time share and there is an allegation that it's website may contain malicious code.
Time Share Relief, Inc. - How They Operate
This company has had government sanctions against them for deceptive practices. According to filings by the state of Vermont, on eight occasions between 2007 and 2010, representatives of Timeshare Relief came to Burlington to solicit consumers to transfer ownership of their unused timeshares and thus relieve the owners of
timeshare maintenance fees, taxes and other costs.
A number of consumers who met with the company understood the invitation to mean that the company
would offer to pay them for their timeshares; in fact, they had to pay several hundred to several thousand dollars to transfer ownership of their timeshares. The Attorney General considered this to be a deceptive trade
Many less than honest companies are trying to take advantage of timeshare owners, asking large fees from those who have been unable to sell their units due to the very large inventory of units that are now on the market
for sale or being unused.
Not said in the original letter is that you will be charged thousands of dollars for "transfer fees" to give away your time share apartment or condo to the company. These types of companies may in turn attempt to re-sell to someone else, and often won't record the transfer, so the original owner is still on the hook legally.
Recommendation: Legitimate timeshare owner groups say not to pay anyone fees to sell or dispose of a
timeshare, instead advise to literally give away for free any unwanted condo and pay an attorney a hundred dollars or so to do the paperwork. The owner's groups say it is unnecessary to ever pay anyone thousands of dollars to dispose of a timeshare or to pay a "listing fee" to place it on the market.
posted by KQ4YM | 11:08 AM
My son had this problem a few years ago with a time share in Ga. When the real estate bust hit he just walked away from it and never looked back. Never paid anyone anything anymore. No repercussions either.
Thats weird. RMA helped us get rid of out Timeshare. They were a Godsend. We never ever used the Timeshare. Resort Members Association has an A on the BBB also. Why do think they are a scam?
Sandy Logan said...
Maybe because you are "anonymous" and probably one of their salesmen? What a joke that presentation was. Wanted over $6,000 to 'relieve' us of our timeshare in 9 months. ha ha ha.
I just got a letter and I am pretty sure I do not own a timeshare. I would really like to know how they got my name and can I report them?
OR - does someone own a timeshare in my name and I don't know about it?
10.10.12 - received one of those letter and I do not own any property in FL. Letter received this time was from Aventura, FL. Other letters rec'd with same name came from Orlando, FL. As matter of fact, I sent letter back to them asking for more info -- Guess what, it was returned to me by USPS saying "unknown" and they could not forward. Apparently, these folks are a scam !!!!!
I just got the letter. It was addressed to my step dad who passed away about 10 years ago. I'm sure he didn't own a timeshare. The ph.# on my letter was (888)881-9755. They must change the number quite frequently.
Phil Leman said...
I received a letter today - Oct. 20th. - also from Aventura, FL The phone number now is 888-453-8493. We do own a timeshare. The last scammer said they could sell my timeshare for what I had invested. Then they wanted fees up front.
After I told them I would only pay fees out of the money I received from the buyer, I never heard from them again. :)
I think it is phony because we have received countless letters regarding "our timeshare" from them and yet we do not have and never have had a timeshare.
Thank you for the article. Latest address is in Aventura, FL with a phone number of 888-891-9755. This is the fourth letter I've received.
I just received a letter addressed to my parents who do not own a timeshare. They passed it on to me as we do. I called and made an appointment but will be calling back to cancell after reading these notes. The number for October 1-31, 2012 is 888-453-8494.
Thanks for the info.
I just recieved a letter with return address in AVentura, FL. Interestingly the phone number is 888-453-8492. Clearly that have a BANK of telephone numbers 888-453-849_.
Excellent article...don't bother with them.
Recieved letter yesterday...Aventura,Fl. #888-453-9460. These dirtbags should put effort into working an honest job...Never-Never pay anything upfront..give it to a church or a friend. The resorts are great but getting to costly to keep high paid staff around.. To many scammers around, if the fast talkers sound to good they are not..
My mom just got one of these in the mail. She does own a timeshare which she's been trying to sell a few yrs ago and got scammed twice out of lots. of $$$. We still get many phone calls saying from ppl saying they can sell it right away or they have a buyer interestested in it but need to act now for a fee up front of course. I tell them to go f#ck themselves and hang up. My mom is 81 and I will never allow her to be scammed again! This ppl are going to hell. I hate them!!!
Thanks for the article. I dont have timeshare but these fools thought they could scam me. I got them back - I've sent 8100 flyers requesting their presence in Hell, to their newest office address of 20801 Biscayne Blvd, Ste 403,
Aventura FL, 33180
And it IS signed - El Diablo:)
Received the letter this week. Aventura, FL address and 888-453-9461. Two presentations in my area. Thinking of going to one and being the unruly attendee that is asked to leave. The very worst, I could get the opportunity to kick someones @&&.
Just got my letter today, 11/2/12, from Venture Fl. 888-747-3572. 747 sounds like the plane this fly-by-night group will use to hit the road.
I just got my letter 11/1/2012 from Adventura, FL. We are all getting different phone numbers. I called my time share and they agreed with my suspicions that this is a scam. If it sounds too good to be true you can bet for
sure that it is.
I just recieved the same letter today 11/3/12 from Aventura Fl with an account number that says 12716406 with a totally new phone number... (888) 686-9953. I know that I don't own any timeshare so for me, I kwno that this is a scam!!!
Just got my letter today and of course I called my timeshare, which said this is a SCAM. So BEWARE...
I received the same unsigned letter from the Aventura, FL. address with a different phone number ...888-747-3696. I have a timeshare and I know that NOBODY is going to completely and permanently eliminate my maintenance fees. IT HAS TO BE A SCAM
I got an unsigned letter today (11/6/2012) dated October 2012 from Aventura, FL 33180 with an expiration date of Nov 15, 2012. My supposed account number is 14349456. Their new phone number is 888-747-3696. FOLKS: I have never owned, nor will I ever own, a "time-share". THIS IS A CERTAINLY SCAM!!! I wonder if the bar
code on the bottom of the letter contains useful information?
Same story here... I got my second letter today from Aventura, FL with the number 888-936-8970. They have made it to the 8970's with their phone numbers. I do own a timeshare... anyone know how I can legitimately sell it?
Just received a second letter from them. Its from Aventura, FL, Nov 2012, 888-747-3738. must call before Nov 21 to qualify. I was thinking of calling, but now I'm not thanks to your comments. There has got to be a way to shut these places down and for the one who lost money should be able to sue them.
Received multiple letters in the past and ignored them. A new one was delivered yesterday from Aventura Fl, 888-686-9953. Just want to let you know that timeshares are like herpes. Once you get it, you can't get rid of
D DANIELS said...
JUST RECIEVED A LETTER 11/14/2012 CALLED-I HAD MY NAME REMOVED OFF THEIR LIST TOLD THEM I DID'NT HAVE ANY TIMESHARES AND THEY SAID IT WAS BEING TAKING OFF THEN---- WE'LL SEE
Newest number 888.233.8947 20801 Biscayne blvd, suite403 aventura, Fl 33180.
Total scam, I hate for anyone to get pulled in by these awful people.
Another Anonymous person:
Today got my letter "Resort Members Association -- 20801 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 403 -- Aventura, FL 33180 -- Phone (888) 233-8944 --
Account # 8786578." stating exactly what the above article says. Also have had my share of Phone calls. The last call I go I told the person I would be glad to sale the timeshare.. but please tell me where it is beings I
never knew I owned a timeshare. They hung up on me and I've never heard from them again. Now it is mail, but the PO needs the business so let the pay the postage and keeps his job and my paper shredder gets the mail.
Thanks, all, shredding letter - I don't even own a timeshare. I checked my credit report to make sure I wasn't a victim of ID theft, which I'm not, but worth keeping an eye on credit report in the future. Incredibly stupid
advertisement. They even gave me a fake "account number".
I got a letter today, and I also have no timeshare.
20801 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 403
Aventura, FL 33180
(888)233-8993 call between Nov. 1st and Nov. 28th
Hundreds of people need to show up at these presentations and protest these scumbags! Get +them on the news.
Also received a letter from this place that identifies must call from November 1 through November 28 and with the phone number 888-233-8944. My parents received this letter and they do not own a timeshare (we do). Had a fake account number and the letter was not signed.
These company. Rooted with evil intentions to lure people to pay them to give away their timeshares. One day they are going to scam the wrong person. Someone who is just trying o get things back in line for their family. Then these scum of the earth waste of life energy takes away money from them. I wouldn't be surprised if that person ran into the head office with an assault rifle. Scary thought huh. Tension is high. All I'm saying is to this company, be VERY Careful where you tread and step on, cause that next step could be a land mine. Reaps
what you sow 5:07 PM
received my letter this week dated Nov 2012. Same address as others in Aventura, FL. Phone # 888-233-8993. I called and the "consultation" is to be with Sam friedberg at a local hotel. Should I report this to the attorney
general? Would it be helpful?
Got a letter 11/27/2012 from Resort Members Association address: 801 Brickell Avenue Suite 900 Miami FL phone number 888-433-3810. I do not own a timeshare or ever owned one. Did a reverse phone number search and the number can not be found...this is a scam.
A scam. Received letter 11/27/12, this time had address 801 Brickell Av. suite 900, Miami. Have received letters and phone calls in the past from Resort Members Asso. Tried before to get my name off of list to no avail. A fraud,
don't fall for it.
Received similar letter from Aventura , Florida but with a phone no. 888 233-9086, too bad if people respond to such mail.the best is to let them pay for the postage and go under. Supporting US mail is an honourable deed :)
I received this letter as well--888-433-3810, Resort Members Association. This is just one of many scams out there. I was contacted by American Consumer Services in October. They are gathering information about these scammers in order to file a class action lawsuit for those who have paid money to them. They also have a "do not call" registry to keep them from calling you. Call them at 386-265-5925 to register on the do not call list. Give them any information you have about these deceitful companies.
Received several of these same scam letters -- Resort Members Association, 888-747-3738. I have never owned a timeshare. Envelope indicates a 33310 bulk-mail mailed from account. Total scam.
I just got one from Resort Notification Department of Miami, FL, Same 888 433 3810 phone number...looks like they are changing addresses again!
Will give Resort Members Association of Miami, FL offer all the consideration it merits.
Got a letter today. We do not have a timeshare. 1621 west 25th street,suite 157 san pedro california. 888-522-2358 It says you must call before December 18 to qualify. SCAM 1:34 PM
We received a letter today, 12/3/12, from San Pedro, Ca. We do NOT own a Timeshare, never have! The phone number for this one is: 888-522-2358, with a fake account number, saying we must call before Dec 18th to qualify. I hope everyone checks this out before thay lose their hard earned money!
Received a letter on 12/3/12 from San Pedro CA. I will call them tomorrow and tell them what I have told others like them before. "I will send you some money but you have to send me some first so that I know you are honest and legitimate!"
I am glad that i have read these comments, I received my lettr from RMA today and set up for a appoinrment with them on Dec. 22. I will call them back now and tell them to stick it where the sun does not shine. I am so glad that I found these comments. SCAM, SCAM,SCAM!!!!!
Got a letter just today. And that was my question, since no one here owns a timeshare, does someone in our name. Or why would they bother?
Received the letter today, 12/5/12, from Aventura, FL. What kind of information is the American Consumers Service gathering for the lawsuit and how much? By just reading the above posts, I'm sure a "sting" or two could be set up :) What goes around...
You are obviously all a bunch of idiots. Did it ever cross your mind that if you have a "reward membership" with a hotel chain who also sells timeshares I.E. Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton... that your name might be put on a marketing list as a potential timeshare owner??? Just because you don't own a timeshare but receive a letter from this company doesn't mean they're a scam you moron. This company is legit, I checked them out myself. After paying listing fees to several "resale" companies these guys were the only ones who could actually offer me a solution. Guess what? They don't sell your timeshare because there aren't any buyers out there. Wake up and smell the coffee. These guys do "completely and permanently eliminate your maintenance fees by terminating your ownership. They
provide a title transfer service plain and simple. They re convey the title out of your name to another party who is willing to accept the ownership. They do charge a fee to cover the title work that is necessary to do so. You tell me what's worse, keep a timeshare you're not using and wasting thousands of dollars on each year, or pay a company to eliminate your ownership and stop the bleeding? I'll take the lesser of two evils. My problem has been solved. I no longer have my timeshare and I no longer pay maintenance fees.
"Richard Lopez" appears to be a made up name with no information available on his profile. He is wrong in saying recipients of the sales letters have "reward memberships" with a hotel chain. That is false, as those who have received the letters can attest.
I am so glad I researched this company. I did go to a presentation in a hotel, and it they sounded convincing showing you articles from USA Today on Stuck with Timeshares; and showing you the cost to keep your timeshare and what your annual and cumulative costs woule be. They called me several times but I did not answer. Many of us would like to sell our timeshare and relieve that annual maintance fee. I am so thankful for all your comments and I believe all these mailings are a big scam, and will be going in the trash.It looks like getting a lawyer is the best route, and safest. It is so upsetting to see people loose $$$ to these scams.Always do your homework and research like I did before you give anyone any money.
My letter just came in with Aventura, Fl address and 888-465-3906 number. Just like the numerous other companies I have heard from over the past 20+years you, pay a big fee and maybe they sell or take over your time share. No guarantees. No refunds. Don't waste your time.
NEW letterhead is 801 Bickel Ave ste 900 Miami FL 33131 tele 888.465.3414 Line is INAUDABLE on purpose So you Can NOT RECORD the transaction...
Boiler Operations telmarket from Miami...
David in WI said...
I got my notice a few days ago from Aventura, FL, but have received many such in the last few years. This one has an account #11290574, and a phone #(888)522-2407. I have not owned a timeshare anywhere or at any time. Makes me start to wonder about ID theft. They need to be shut down!
Just received a notice from Resort Members Association with account number 15126711 requesting I call 888-522-0295 before Dec 26 to save those "maintenance fees." Amazing since I've never owned a timeshare. ~ Tampa FL
I recieved the letter today 12-14-12 from the Miami address with the 888 522 -0295 phone number, same as the one above about maintenavce fees with an account #12736584
I do not have any timeshare property and I am thinking of giving the letter to the State of Nevada AG, I work with the head secretarys husband from there 9:46 PM
Got my letter today, 12-18-12, from Miami Office. Don't own a time share, never have and the phone number is now 888-632-6218. Deadline Jan.1st. 7:04 PM
Recieved letter today requesting I call befor 1/1/13 phone# 888-632-6217 Account # 10431262...What the heck is a Timeshare??/ Never heard of it never had one!!!!