With many owners trying to get out of their timeshare contracts, scams regarding this are also increasing every year. Take the recent case of a local couple who says they were ripped off by a Florida brother-sister team. Apparently, there are hundreds of people who shelled out about $4 million a month in what prosecutors call a vacation scam.
According to Frank and Laurie Woods of Crystal Lake, the pitch was good. They were trying to find a company that could sell their vacation timeshare for them. So, the couple hired Creative Vacation Solutions to market and sell their timeshare in Kissimmee, Fla. which is a vacation place near Disney World that they used when their kids were little.
When they signed a contract, they didn’t realize that the people involved were targets of police and prosecutors in Florida, for allegedly ripping off hundreds of other investors. As Laurie Woods said, she thought those people are con artists and they know exactly how to get under the radar.
Meawhile, Jennifer Kirk had already been arrested for swindling folks in a different timeshare selling scam when she and her brother, Scott Kirk, along with others, were sued by the Florida attorney general. That ongoing case accuses them of running a sham timeshare sales and marketing operation that netted about $4 million a month.
According to Woods, they originally tried selling their timeshare online and that’s when they got a call from several different companies, including Creative Vacation Solutions. Woods says the company offered to sell their place within 18 months or they would get their money back. The couple then gave the company $1,800 and their place was never sold, and their money was never returned. The Florida attorney general’s office on the other hand, is seeking restitution in its case, but it’s not clear if the Woods family would be able to get their money back.