They are at it again as Nationwide Properties Int.
I was contacted by someone calling themself Henry Scott in an effort to sell my timeshare for me. Identifying himself as being from Nationwide Properties. I went through all the information and allowed them to try to sell the property and was contacted the very next day with a very high offer- Thats when my investigation began.
I had trouble finding their website, no wonder it had been up for less than a month. www.nationwideproperties.biz The registrar's name was Joe Esposito:
Esposito, Joe firstname.lastname@example.org
Nationwide Properties International
205 East Central Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32801
When I called and asked for their physical address, this is the one they gave me after some hesitation and shuffling around on the phone:
189 S. Orange Ave. Suite 1520 Orlando, FL 32801
The website was the cincher for me. After I had tracked Joe Esposito to Blue Bay Advisors, which was taking people's money to sell their timeshare but never performing any services. On their "ABOUT" page it mentioned Bluebayadvisors.com. They had obviously just copy and pasted the information from their old website without even proofreading it!
The website's "ABOUT" page from 7/21/09 is pasted below:
Welcome, and thank you for spending some of your time getting to know us.
Nationwide Properties Int. is a group of dedicated individuals that have had the unbelievable opportunity to be involved in the travel and advertising industry for over 10 years.
Our line of business has brought us to an almost uncountable number of leisure destinations around the world. We've traveled, and we have enjoyed it immensely. But when we are not traveling we spend our time planning and developing new ideas in advertising.
Our far-reaching marketing campaign and worldwide Internet presence allow you to gain maximum global exposure. Timeshare resales are booming internationally! BlueBayAdvisors.com can help you reach qualified buyers in
176 countries worldwide and counting!
These days, virtually anyone can have a website. (I thought that was funny) Having true global Internet presence however is a whole different story! At Nationwide Properties Int., we employ the top Internet marketing consultants in the world to maintain our top rankings on most major search engines worldwide. Our memorable and user-friendly website, coupled with cutting edge Internet marketing strategies are why at Nationwide Properties Int. gets more TRAFFIC and EXPOSURE than virtually any other competitive website in the timeshare industry.
Traffic and exposure is what will close your timeshare deal! We understand that the success of our sellers is what builds our business.
Being one of the top timeshare resale companies we sell more than 50 timeshares every month. Our growth rate has been phenomenal, and we would expect nothing less in years to come. Implementing our unique marketing strategy and cutting edge online marketing technology, we reach more than 50, 000 timeshare owners every month. Our integrated marketing system powered through our website allows millions of people going on vacation, to appreciate an advantage of buying Vacation properties in comparison to traditional hotel accommodations. Being experts in timeshare resale industry, we value our customers providing the best customer service and sales support.
I told the lady that called I was not interested in doing business with anyone connected with Joe Esposito or Blue Bay Advisors. I then got a call back from a "supervisor" he explained to me that Joe Esposito was fired a long time ago, when I asked how long ago? he said years. (but Joe Esposito was the registrar of their website less than a month previous- remember) They also claimed to have nothing to do with Blue Bay Advisors- but there it was right on their website.
These guys are a RIP OFF- they'll just shut down and start operating under a different name though. But at least I didn't get taken!
FYI- Do your research before you give anyone money to sell your timeshare. Don't get caught up in the fantastic profit you could make or let greed be your guide, use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Known addresses and phone numbers: (put here for search engines)
189 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
205 East Central Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32801
Hope people read this before it is too late...