The company, Columbia Resort Sales, claims to be located at 4710 Forest Drive in Columbia. However, McAlister’s Deli is located at that address.
Consumers report that Columbia Resort Sales calls them claiming to be a property locating service that caters to the needs of people who are looking to buy timeshares. It offers the timeshare owner up to double what they originally paid for their timeshare, and requests payment of roughly $280.00 be sent via wire transfer to
cover “transfer fees and closing costs.”
And then, as time went on and no sales were made, victims tried reaching back out to the companies, but their phone calls and e-mails went unanswered.
Simple Strategies to Avoid Timeshare Scams:
1) Stay informed. Visit the Timeshare Scam Alerts page of this website often to stay up to date on the latest reports of timeshare fraud.
2) Never send any type of timeshare payment via a wire transfer to an unknown company or individual.
3) Insist on a written contract, and fully review that document to ensure the terms match the company's promises.
4) Verify that the reseller is a properly licensed real estate agent, preferably licensed in the state where the timeshare is located.
5) Never pay an upfront fee to sell or rent an unwanted timeshare!
6) Discover the realistic resale value of your timeshare by obtaining a comparative market analysis and/or using a respected timeshare appraisal service.
7) Always insist on using an independent third party escrow and title company, that is respected and well known in the industry! Never agree to a closing agent that you do not know!