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.