Timeshare Fraud Scheme: Consumers Should Be Careful

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The Department of Business and Professional Regulation Release

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today issued a consumer advisory after learning that individuals posing as Department employees are allegedly targeting victims of timeshare scams. The callers are asking victims for cash to pursue refunds for the money they lost.

The Department has received at least three complaints from victims who have reported receiving calls from people claiming to be DBPR employees from the “Fraud Unit.” The victims have already lost money as the result of potential timeshare resale fraud and the callers are asking for cash in order to obtain full repayment for the victims. The Department does not have a “Fraud Unit” and has confirmed that the phone calls are in no way connected with the Department or its regulatory authority.

If a consumer receives a call from someone claiming to be a DBPR employee who is asking for money in order to receive a refund, they should not give out any personal or financial information. If the person calling claims to be a telemarketer, consumers may report the call to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) or at www.freshfromflorida.com.

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