Timeshare By Owner / scam
On 1/10/11 I was contacted by an individual named Michael Matthews and he told me that a timeshare company had given him my number because I had a Wyndham T/S for sale. I corrected him and told him I had a Westin property for sale...he asked about the property, i.e. sale price, unit info, etc. He said he was interested and was going back to the T/S company and tell them he was interested in another property. Shortly after I got a call from a Randall Williams, representing Timeshare by Owner. He told me Mr Matthews wanted to purchase my Westin property and he would sent me the Timeshare Resale Contract, Proof of ID and Authorization to Release Information and that their company had a 30% deposit from Mr Matthews that needed to be deposited and he gave me a figure that would be my portion of the closing costs (monies was to be wired to him??!!??). I told him that he could accept the 30% deposit as far as I was concerned but I was not paying a closing cost (I told him he could take it out of the funds that were to be remitted to me). After 30 minutes later I received the items 'needed to have an immediate closing' due to the fact that Mr Matthews, and family, was headed back home. When I looked at the paperwork he emailed I noticed there was no company name, was requesting a lot of personal information from me, etc. Nothing looked 'professional'! He called to see if I had signed and told him a friend of mine had examined the required documents and had several questions as to their validity and I asked him the concerned questions. He told me that he would have to get back with me ~ mainly because I refused to wire him the $$$ he wanted as closing costs.
NEEDLESS TO SAY I HAVE NOT HEARD A WORD FROM EITHER MR RANDALL WILLIAMS NOR MR MICHAEL MATTHEWS.
I would caution ANYONE that gets a like phone call to be very caution of this scam...also, while doing research on the internet I discovered a female by the name of Williams had also been indicted in the past few years for T/S scam/fraud activities.
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