" A sales person from Interval International called me about unused points in Diamond Resorts International. I was not interested in booking Interval rentals so she passed me on to an agent at Universal Marketing located somewhere in Florida. The agent guaranteed me $1250 for each of the 3 weeks I own of unused Diamond points. The forever membership fee was quoted as $1600 for life. The $1250 is a good price/point, but I am very suspicious, since there are several "Universal Marketing............" named on your scam list. I think that this may be just another renaming of a profitable scam, although I do not have facts to substantiate this. The telephone number given to me was 888-825-0113 and their website given was resortstaydeals.com. Do you have information about the trustworthiness of this timeshare marketing company? "
I checked the website registration and found another familiar name: Summit Marketing out of Longwood, Florida. You can view a prior scam alert posted in 2011 for this business HERE. I urged the reader to be very cautious and provided him with a valid contact information to Interval International. He responded later in the day to say that representatives of the exchange company had not contacted him and that there was no affiliation with the telemarketer who had called him.
"Dear Mr. Marquette,
Thank you very much for your most prompt reply. I have contacted two different offices at Interval International, and both responses were the same. They have not contacted me in several months. They also stated that what I described is never done by Interval. Thus the calls must have been part of a phishing expedition, and I am very appreciative of your interest, help, and recommendations. Please feel free to use my inquiry on your potential scams list. Many thanks to Vacation-Times.org, which I keep on my favorites list for ready reference.