According to the department's investigation, Gregory Davis and Jason Davis, acting under the business names American Timeshare Associates and Consumer Advocate Solution Headquarters, would contact consumers, promising they had waiting buyers for their timeshares. Allegedly, both businesses would then require advance broker fees, closing costs and other legal fees in order to facilitate the sale of their timeshare vacation properties. Once the victims paid the costs and fees, the real estate transaction would not occur and the business would never communicate with the victims again.
The following tips help protect consumers from common scams:
- Consumers can research whether the telemarketer or telemarketing salesperson is registered with the State of Florida and if any complaints have been filed against them. This can be done by clicking HERE by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).
- NEVER give out bank account, credit card or personal information (date of birth, mother's maiden name, Social Security number, etc.) over the telephone, unless it is to a known and trusted source.
- Request written information by mail about the organization itself, as well as the product, service, investment or charity.
Read the full press release by clicking HERE.