Tallahassee Woman Loses Over a Thousand Dollars in Time Share Scam

By: Lindsey Day Email
By: Lindsey Day Email

Time share scams are occurring more frequently in our area. A Tallahassee woman recently lost over a thousand dollars.

Elizabeth Sever received a phone call saying a buyer was found for her time share. Sever and her husband were expecting to profit from this deal. Turns out it wasn't a deal at all.

The time share scam artists said that they got Sever's information off a database. They told her that if she sent them $1250 she would get half of it back at closing. They also told her that she would make a lot of money by selling her time share to the people who wanted to buy it. It turns out that there was no potential buyer. When Sever called back no one picked up the phone.

Sever says the callers sounded like legitimate business workers. She comments on her interactions with them: "very professional, very nice, they answered all of my questions ... everything seemed so legit."

Sever and her husband want others to learn from their mistake. Elizabeth Sever says if you are selling a time share you should go through a real estate agency in the state of purchase. She also urges people not to pay any money up front. Sever says if the business is legitimate, no preliminary payments will be necessary.


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  • by Doug Location: Roswell on Jul 26, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    I wish these stories would draw a distinction between criminals like the ones who stole this woman's $1,250 and the timeshare industry at large. To be sure, the people she paid were not involved in the timeshare industry at all - By failing to make this distinction, media cast a cloud over the entire timeshare resale industry; ultimately making timeshares even harder to sell. Also, while it sounds like great advice to not pay an upfront fee to sell your timeshare, it is meaningless if there is NO ONE that will agree to sell it on a basis commission. It would make these stories seem a little more sincere if the writer would provide a link to a website where you can sell your timeshare without paying a fee. Bottom line: This woman should have done her research, and I'm sure next time she will. Her stupidity would still exist no matter how many more ridiculous regulations on the timeshare resale market are made law in Florida.
  • by Robert Location: Havana on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    Also if the Severs are senior citizens the issues should be reported to the FL Dept. of Elder Affairs Senior Abuse Hotline @ 1-800-962-2873...Good luck Severs
  • by Bob Location: Havana on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    No one Location: Tallahassee on Jul 25, 2011 at 08:59 AM Best thing to do is.. file a complaint ... I’ve been there and was convinced of the instant sell... but i was able to get my money back by filing a complaint. Timeshare Resale Complaints (Telemarketing) Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 850-410-3800 800-435-7352 **Good advice No One. The victim should also report the incident to the Florida Atty Generals Office @ 850.414.3300 they have been working on shutting down these fraudsters.
  • by Janny Location: Tallahassee on Jul 25, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    Ouch!
  • by mrs tee Location: tally on Jul 25, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    you dont send anybody anything, some people honestly deserve to get ripped off!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Give me a thousand dollars and I promise that I will kick you across your backside for being an idiot!
  • by Rita on Jul 25, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    She should have remembered the saying, "If it appears too good to be true...it is!"
  • by PrezNixon on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    Hey Ms. Sever....if you send me $1000, I will show you how to never get ripped-off again....Will save you $thousands in the end...contact me at -------
  • by T Location: Tallahassee on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    What a moron.
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    The fault for this should fall squarely on the shoulders of Rick Scott, this kind of stuff thrives on his leadership.
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      by PrezNixon on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM in reply to Tony
      You are kidding I hope. Either that or you are just a moron!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM in reply to Tony
      This kind of stuff has been around (and thriving) for years, and is not isolated to Florida, so this has nothing to do with who the Governor is.
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