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The Better Business Bureau is warning people about a timeshare resale scam that is using a Montana address that is merely a dirt lot.
The MT Attorney General's office alerted the BBB that they got a call from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce stating that both their office as well as City Hall are receiving calls from out of the area regarding this group.
A California man told the Boulder Chamber that he had received a questionable and random call from a company called "All World Choices" with an offer to resell his timeshare for him.
The BBB notes the following "red flags" about the offer:
* offer uses a web site that is privately registered outside of the country
* address is merely a dirt lot in Boulder, Montana (140 West Centennial Avenue)
* 406 phone number listed is not valid (and is most likely being spoofed to make it look like it is an official MT number)
* "company" is not properly registered to conduct business in the state of Montana.
The BBB urges caution dealing with this group. If you have an unresolved issue, we urge you to be pro-active and file formal complaints where appropriate.
File formal complaints with your state Attorney General's Office as well as the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov If any group states that they "received your contact info from your timeshare group," we urge you to contact your group directly to confirm the validity of that statement.
The BBB notes that timeshare scams abound right now, so whether you are a seller or a purchaser, make certain that you do your research prior to agreeing to anything.
The BBB offers the following tips for avoiding scammers:
* Do not agree to anything over the telephone until you have had a chance to check out the company.
* Ask the person to send you written materials.
* Ask for references, including address and phone number and contact them.
* Ask where the company is located and in what states it does business.
* Ask if the company's salespeople are licensed to sell real estate where your timeshare is located. If so, verify this with the state licensing board.
* Find out if the company charges a commission. Do they handle the entire closing and provide escrow services? Do they charge an up-front listing or advertising fee? What does it cover? Is it refundable?
* Be wary of companies charging an advance "appraisal" fee for services. Consider opting for a company that offers to sell for a fee only after the timeshare is sold.
* Contact the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org), state Attorney General's office, and local consumer protection agencies in the state where the company is located to find out if complaints have been lodged against the company.
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