Nowadays, resale telemarketing businesses become a way for owners to get out of their timeshares or other vacation deals that they no longer want. But some of those companies and their practices are now on the top consumer complaint in Florida. This surpasses even the mortgage fraud. According to the state Attorney General’s Office and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, there are more than 10,000 complaints which have been filed about timeshare resale companies over the past three years.
Some local companies that offer resale services are under scrutiny from the state and these include Seabreeze Advertising Corp. on North Frederick Avenue. One of the complainants is Forest Dipzinski of Boise, Idaho. Earlier this year, he responded to an online offer to help him sell a timeshare he no longer wants. He says he paid $900 to the Daytona Beach company last February in order to sell his week at the Mayan Palace in Mexico.
While the company has a website listing his time share for sale, Dipzinski said he isn’t sure the business is doing all it can to sell the timeshare for the $17,000 figure discussed. He says, one problem is the company won’t return his phone calls. And that he’d learned his lesson, he said.
On the other hand, the Attorney General’s Office last week confirmed that there is an active case involving Seabreeze, which lists Megan D. Brown as its registered agent. Other local businesses that have drawn the attention of authorities in recent years include Copeland Marketing Corp. and Vacation Concepts.