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Mexican Government Scam

oldsntnick

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Please be aware, I just kept a guy on the phone for about 10 minutes and got some juicy bits from him:

His claim: 1000's of timeshare owners have been lied to, their information sold, and so forth - and have right of restitution from the developers. By working with him and his team at the Mexican Attorney General (or something similar as his english wasn't perfect) they will launch a case and get your money back.

Where it breaks down:
I went through one of these calls a year or two ago - just to see where it went. They sent their "proof" - which was a poorly constructed PDF with an official seal - upon review with the actual Mexican government was not very close.

Ultimately they ask for money - and his response to this (on today's call) was of course I would have a financial burden but it would be with a bank and only when I was due the restitution... so bad... scam alert right there.

So... I argued with him awhile - told him that at the moment he asks for money he is a piece of what could be considered an international wire fraud - which would put him in jail if caught. The company he works for would get off scott free and they would rebuild their business somewhere else. He acted like he hears about this lack of trust from Americans all the time and that we have trust issues...

Anyway - here's the number they called from: +1 55 85261173
A little research:
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-558-526-1173
https://www.aimfair.com/T-PS+May152015+Fake+Mexican+Govt+Official

Bottom line... when they ask for money - don't go any further...

Advice: Update all of your timeshare contact phone numbers with a service like Google Voice - then when they call you can "mark as spam" and when they call the next time they get a "this number has been disconnected" message. Believe it or not, I was told that the contact information on your timeshares is public information - so... make it easy on yourself and change your numbers with the timeshare company.
 

Ty1on

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I wonder why it is that we 'mericans have trust issues...
 

freediverdude

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I would just tell the caller that the Brooklyn Bridge has recently been deeded over to the Mexican government, and that they just need to send me a "transfer fee" of say $5000 to get it recorded and send them the paperwork.
 

melissaj

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Timeshare Scam

Unsolicited phone calls... It sounds like another timeshare scam.
 
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