Another victim lost £4,800 after falling for the slick sales pitch. Her husband had passed away and she couldn't afford the fees on her timeshares- making her a target for upfront fee scammers. She was duped into handing over £1,200 in upfront fees to Golden Sands Marketing, which cold called her and said it could find a buyer for her timeshares.It emerged later that she'd been misled.
She then received another cold call, this time from an individual identifying themselves as Customer Mediation Services. She was told that this new company advocates for victims of timeshare resale scams, and was promised that they company could her money refunded to her, as well as compensation from the first scam. She handed over another £3,600 in upfront fees, but has not been able to contact the firm since Easter. The new firm is being investigated by the Ministry of Justice.
The victim stated ".... I feel like I've been so gullible, but these people are so convincing. I wouldn't have fallen for it if my husband had been alive."
If you believe that you have been the victim of consumer fraud by these companies, or are aware of any other timeshare related scam, please take the time to report the crime to the Ministry of Justice by clicking HERE.