This is another classic Mexican timeshare scam: the timeshare owner is contacted by a fake agency, they already know all the pertinent details about the timeshare ownership, and they are willing to pay an exorbitant sum of money for a property that is worth a fraction of that.
There are red flags everywhere in the first phone call, not to mention the follow-up documentation. In this post, we’ll show you the sites you can utilize to find background information on the scammers and see how many fake names are used in these scams.
But first the red flags: 1. How did they have all the details about their timeshare ownership? (They probably bought a list or stole the information off a listing site) 2. The buyers are going to pay 3X what they paid for the timeshare 3. They were asked to wire funds to Mexico.
Thankfully, the timeshare owner was already a bit wary and had called us before to inquire about timeshare divestment. She trusted our assessment of her timeshare’s value so when Bay View Property Management company offered her $59,740 for her timeshare that is selling for 1-3K on eBay she contacted us.
We requested the seller send her documentation so we could review it and find clues that could help us find the “real” names behind this scam and link it to other scams in our database.
Here’s what we found:
The company “buying” the property goes by the name Bay View Property Management. (Formerly using the name Oakwood Property Management – see this scam we busted by clicking here). According to its website, BPM specializes in “providing conscientious, full-service real estate management”. If you continue reading the site and you’ll find it claims to offer a wide variety of vaguely described timeshare services and also claims to be an LLC.
Using https://www.whoisxmlapi.com we found the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the websites owners (keep in mind these can often be fraudulent too). The owner of bayview-propertymanagement.com according to Who Is database is a David Manor.
Using https://www.whitepages.com to do a reverse phone number look-up we discovered the numbers associated with this scam are all Fixed VoIP. A Fixed VoIP is a “line is typically associated with a business or residential phone line that is serviced by a VoIP provider instead of a traditional, local phone company. Think Comcast. Non-Fixed VoIP: is a “disposable”, internet-created phone number that can be associated with any address”.
We’ve seen the escrow company in this scam a couple months ago in a different Mexican timeshare scam as well (click here to see that scam). Escrow One Inc. is owned by a David Alderman and has phony phone numbers associated with it as well, and the registering email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the previous scam, the website had been taken down, but at the time of this posting is back up and running, http://escrowone-inc.com/index.html. Do not underestimate how easy it is to create and launch a legitimate-looking website in 2017. It can literally be accomplished in a matter of hours!
We look at BBB listings, state LLC listings, and general web searches to find more information on these companies. For example, a quick search for a Google business listing turned up a 1-star review of Escrow One, see photo below.
Is David Manor, David Alderman, who is also David Forester? We can’t be sure yet, but the names below are all involved in this scam. We have reported this scam to the proper authorities and will continue to update our database with these hucksters alias and relevant information.
Names Involved with Scam
Bay View Property Management
Escrow One Inc.