Escape To Paradise / Fraud
Former Marine Sgt. Viet Nam vet & wife (both suffering from cancer), scammed by local timeshare sales company.
A Newport Beach, Ca. Timeshare re-sale company called
Paradise Escapes, aka Escape To Paradise (Owners, Melinda & John Hofferbert)
3848 Campus Drive. Suite 217 – 218
Newport Beach, Ca. 92660
Phone [protected] or [protected] or FAX [protected]
Website WWW.ParadiseEscapes.Net at Sales@ParadiseEscapes.Net has added yet another customer complaint to their shady sales resume’.
It seems their standard sales pitch is that they call a timeshare owner with the ruse of having a buyer that is interested in buying their timeshare. They then pressure the owner with the prospect of having a ready, willing and able buyer, and convince the owner that their timeshare is worth much more than it actually is and solicit an up front fee of $399.00 and up. By inflating the actual worth of the timeshare, Escape To Paradise believes they do not have to worry about paying back the upfront fee (of $399 and up) because this clause in their Sales Agreement (Escape To Paradise will refund my fee if you find a buyer within 20% of my asking price with proof of sale from resort) would not have to be honored because no sane buyer would ever pay anywhere near 20% of the inflated list price.
With the inflated recommended selling price (in this case, the recommended sales price by the agent, Brittany Lowe was $20, 000 to $25, 000). Ms. Lowe knew that the timeshare would never sell for any where near that price and really did not care if it ever sold; all she wanted was the $399.00 up front.
There have been other complaints, all similar in nature, about this shady company.