On 3 Dec 2008 I received a call from Mr. Tom Kooka of Vacant Land Worldwide, clearwater, Florida. Mr. Kooka informed me that he had a buyer for my property located in San Bernardino, California. The land had not been listed so he must have obtained information on ownership from the tax rolls. Mr. Kooka assured me that the buyer had high interest in purchasing my property and that closing on the sale was imminent but that he would need an advance payment from me so that the sales could be closed. In the course of our conversation I advised Mr. Kooka that I was also interested in selling my residence here in New Mexico, which based on his assurances that this could also be sold within 90 days. He asked for my credit card for processing the charges for all three pieces of property. Based on his assurance that the two properties in San Bernardino were sold and that there was a money back guarantee should either of the three sales not be consummated, I gave him my credit card information.
On 12/04/2008 my credit/debit card was charged $3, 098.00. The following day, 12/05/2008 I received a “Marketing and Advertising Authorization" from Vacant Land Worldwide signed and a transmittal letter signed by Mr. Kooka. In spite of several telephone calls in attempts to determine the status of the sale of my property, I have heard nothing further from
Mr. Kooka or anyone else claiming a relationship with Vacant Land Worldwide.
It is obvious that Mr. Kooka of Vacant Land Worldwide is a con artist and Vacant Land Worldwide is a scam. The address given on their letter head is nothing more than a vacant lot.
I am 87 years old and my wife is 74 years old. Our sole source of income is social security. We cannot afford to be ripped off by scam artists. Any assistance you can provide in our attempts to recover the $3, 098.00 swindled by Vacant Land Worldwide, Mr. Kooka and his den of thieves will be greatly appreciated.
Meytal and Mary Ellis