It has been shown that the Resorts, vacation memberships companies or timeshares themselves provide client membership details and information of those clients with groups or individuals that wish to fraud the clients in question. This practice exists throughout the entire industry of timeshares and their vacation properties.
The owners of the weeks have been defrauded by national individuals, foreign individuals and companies which offer to buy, rent or sell their timeshares or vacation memberships at high prices but during the process they require a deposit of between $1,000 and $6,000 dollars to complete the paperwork and dependent of what “Stage” the transaction is in the prices may vary to finalize the transaction. The money is sent to foreign Countries with the reasoning that those payments have to go through what they may call “The Administrator” meaning the MTA (Mexican Timeshare Association) where your money disappears without a trace.
According to the Mexican Association of Tourist Developers (AMDETUR), its institutional logo has been used in emails, communications, letterhead all being sent to vacation property owners with the aim of disguising the business and causing it to appear fully legal and trustworthy.
In the apocryphal messages, badges from international tourism organizations such as the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and the Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA) have also been used.
As part of the deception, the writings indicate to the members “that they can assign the rights of their membership through external companies, international funds or trusts which say that they already have potential buyers.”
In addition, the fraudsters pretend to belong to the Bank of Mexico, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Ministry of Tourism and Procuraduria General de la Republica.
They may have false email addresses with endings such as @amdetur.gob, @secretariadehacienda.mx or similar addresses and upon calling the businesses in question they may answer their phones as AMDETUR, Hacienda and even SEIDO meant to make them seem like legitimate businesses.