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EVERYWHERE: A newish angle to the scams being perpetrated against owners of Mexican timeshares involves a supposed law firm calling itself Carrera & Lawson. They are contacting owners and claiming to be working with the Mexican Government to identify and indemnify those owners. In this version of the scam the criminals are claiming in a letter they send to potential victims that Mexico “has made numerous arrests connected to timeshare fraud cases…” That’s a lie.
They go on, “Several millions in cash and assets have been seized along with lists of thousands of people who were targeted by these fraudulent timeshare, resale and rental companies.” That’s a lie.
“Literally hundreds of millions of dollars have been fraudulently stolen from both US and Canadian citizens over the last 8-10 years. Many of these fraudulent companies have been based out of Mexico and through the use of Skype and magic jack provided false phone numbers and prefixes throughout the US.” That is true.
“Several millions in cash and assets have been seized along with lists of thousands of people who were targeted by these fraudulent timeshare, resale and rental companies.” That’s a lie.
“In the past compensation has been nearly impossible, but now with the growing media exposure, the authorities have finally taken action. That’s a lie.
“We were initially contacted by The Mexican Federal Government, to finalize the details of settlement for their cases. At this time we are aiding in the ongoing investigation in order to determine additional victims, to clear their name for any liability and issue compensation once wrong doing has been determined. As well as finalizing all the details of the settlement. The monies that have been confiscated will be dispersed according to a case file ID number/AVP, if your case is approved. Each case will be individually examined and evaluated on a case by case basis and fund dispersal will be done in order of assigned file ID/AVP number.” That is a lie; it’s not how the government works.
So far nearly everything those supposed attorneys have said has been untrue. And then they continued by performing a little bit of intimidation to get your attention (emphasis mine):
We understand that you are in fact a victim and not a willing participant to the money laundering schemes; however at this time you are under suspicion by the authorities and banking institutions of Mexico as part of the conspiracy to commit Fraud.
The offices of Carrera and Lawson Law Firm are contacting victims looking not only for compensation but for justice as well. Through their diligence, funds have been confiscated and many settlements have been dispersed.
All of that is a lie.
Add to all those untruths the fact that their website was registered on August 28, 2014; it’s so new it squeaks when it walks, yet they would have you believe the Mexican Government has specially chosen them for this important work.
The whole thing stinks on ice. It’s a scam. If they contact you in any way run screaming from the phone, hit the delete button on your PC, do whatever you can manage to NOT continue any contact with them. And above all else DO NOT SEND THEM ANY MONEY.
Now here are some more names to add to the list of scammers working out of Mexico:
NSR Services, INC, purporting to be in Minnesota, but the BBB has discovered the address given for the company is — guess what? A lie.. Working in concert with NSR is La Vista Title in Alparetta, Ga, except that’s a lie, too.
They are running a rental scam, offering Mexican timeshare owners handsome sums for several weeks of their timeshares. Their victims just have to bank wire funds to cover added fees.
“I just have to send $3990.00 to cover added fees, of course the buyer has put this in escrow as well, so I would get my “money” back,” one woman told me.
They may also be running a resale scam; at any rate, if they contact you rest assured they’re scammers.
More companies to avoid:
- Highland Park Equity, resale offers, supposedly out of Detroit, MI — except there’s no such company registered in Michigan
- Realistic Property Advisors, LLC. 1301 Dove ST, Newport beach, CA 92660 Phone: 949-978-8023. Initial call from Brad Loden, subsequent calls and follow-up contact for contract, etc. Stephen Otus @ xt.4200. Working in concert with Escrow Company ML Holdings Group, 215 W Market St, San Diego, CA 92101 Phone 619-607-3835 / Toll Free 866-978-7752. Contact: Emma Johnson – Escrow Manager. Other signature on docs: Christopher Davidson – Director. Note that neither company exists in California’s database of registered companies.
- West Park Resale, purportedly a brokerage in Phoenix,AZ, running a basic resale scam requiring its victims to pay a SAT tax on the resale. As reported endlessly in this blog, the Mexican government does not require a SAT tax on individual timeshare resales, so that is totally bogus. But more obvisously (because I know where to look) no company by the name of West Park Resale exists as a legal business entity in the databases of the state of Arizona. In other words, it’s a phony company. Also, they are not licensed by the Arizona Real Estate Commission under that name, which has no record of them. Human names associated with this bogus company include Jason McGuire and Edward L. Harris
On the plus side:
Googled Mexico reimbursement fund which led me to your website. THANKS!
Anyone we can report these scammers to? By the way they are SO NICE AND PROFESSIONAL SOUNDING!
I love to hear when we are able to help someone avoid being scammed. Yes!
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