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Elite Marketing Services???

gseymour

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Has anyone had contact or done business with "Elite Marketing Services" out of Tampa, FL??? They claim to use II to book Get Away properties and then market them to convention bound individuals and companies. Any info would be useful.
 

HudsHut

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Welcome @gseymour:

It's a scam. It doesn't matter what the name of the company is.
1. You don't have any "extra getaway weeks in II". No one does.
2. Even if you did, II doesn't allow you to rent their weeks.
3. This company wants you to pay them up front. Why? If they were going to rent out a week, wouldn't they take their share out of the proceeds?
4. As soon as you pay them, they move on to the next victim. Then they'll sell your name to other scammer companies.
5. This scam gets reported here and on the Interval Internatinal forum about once a week.

 
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This is a timeshare advertising/listing company. I have said in previous posts that anyone can start a timeshare advertising company/website, including criminals. After all, there is much less risk running a "company" like this than stealing money from people on the street. These companies don't book anything let alone any II Getaway weeks as @HudsHut points out. It is just one of their lies to extract the upfront fee. The upfront fees are to "advertise" your timeshare on their poor website. They will supposedly forward any offers that come across their website. These advertising / listing companies toe the line of being a full blown scammer. They do offer a service, a crappy service of an ad on a website, so they are providing something for the thousands of dollars even if that service is essentially worthless. They cross the line into scammer territory by cold calling, ignoring DNC laws, and lying to people to get their upfront fee.

I looked at their website and found that it was created May 12, 2021 so the paint is still wet. For a company charging a big upfront fee to advertise you would think that the website would be about the timeshares themselves. Nope, the timeshare advertisements take a back seat to their attempt in convincing owners to sign up with them and pay them the fee. That is because cold calling collecting upfront fees is their real business, not advertising. There are only four resorts listed which are Orlando and Vegas and all listed for a minimum of $1,600. They offer a timeshare valuation on their website and you can bet that they are going to overinflate the true value by thousands of dollars. If they didn't then no one would want to pay their upfront advertising fee. They have two reviews on their website. When a company lies to get you to pay an upfront fee posting fake reviews wouldn't be a surprise either. Finally, it is my belief that these companies may forward "offers" that are fake themselves in order to make their "customers" feel as if they are at least getting some action. My bet is that these offers are for something like Hawaii Oceanfront at peak season for check-in a week away just to ensure it isn't available.
 
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