|Below is what I submitted to the FL and TX Attorney General. I also submitted a report with the local police and the FBI and dare I say I'm just getting started! I know I probably won'tget my money back, but my goal is to hopefully have one of these agencies investigate them and shut them down.|
I was called by Take Away My Timeshare LLC. saying they had a client overseas interested in buying my timeshare. I was to deposit $3500.00 in an supposed escrow account that would cover any losses the company would incur if I backed out of the deal or sold to another company during the transaction. I was to receive this money back after the title transferred hands since all costs were to be covered by the buyer (their client). The person that I spoke with was Jack O'Neill.
I was still concerned so they said they would send me an earnest money check for $5000.00 from the client to be delivered on 1/8/11 by 10:30 AM CST. This would be a good faith payment and once the final transaction had taken place the extra $1,500.00 given would just be deducted from the final sale amount. I went to my bank (Bank of America) and made a $3500.00 cash withdrawl. I then went to Regions Bank and had them verify that the company name matched up to the bank account listed below. It did so I had them deposit my $3500 cash into their account.
I called on 1/7 to make sure everything was in order and the earnest check would be on its way. I was assured that it was and that a Fed-Ex tracking number would be sent to me along with the Escrow officer's name that was assigned to the account at Regions Bank. It never was. When I called their number to inquire, it was all of a sudden (on 1/8/11) out of service. The number on their website (www.takeawaymytimeshare.com) is also non-functioning.
The bank account I transferred the money to ($3500.00 on 1/6) was Regions Bank N.A. 111 North Orange Ave, Orlando FL 32801. I have called Regions Bank and reported their account to their Suspicious Activity group. I have also filed a complaint against them on the Online Business Bureau where they supposedly enjoy a perfect rating.
I also called Ring Central (Ring Central.com) who they get their phone service through to alert them of possible suspicious/fraudulent activity from this group. (I determined they use Ring Central because when I call I get the message, "Ring Central. This number is not currently active.")
There are two different addresses I found for this company. The one sent to me was 14 East Washington Ave Suite 410, Orlando FL 32801. The one listed on their website is 6000 Metrowest Blvd Suite 205, Orlando, Florida 32835. One of the numbers they called me from was 866-936-3616, and the one listed on their website is 866-892-0521. The number that I used to call Jack O'Neill was 407-792-2717. None of these numbers are active as of 1/8/2011.
I used the 407 number to contact Jack on 1/7/2011 around 2 to 3 PM CST and I was able to get through to him. When I searched the 866-936-3616 in Google, I found that this number is also associated with a company called Fenway Advisors ( ). This company also shares the 6000 Metrowest Blvd address listed above.
If these guys are found, I will be pressing charges since they never actually provided a service to me except for making my bank account grow smaller. At the very least hopefully I can help stop others from making the same bad decision I made. These guys are smooth talkers. I quizzed them up and down and I thought I had myself covered. I never imagined they would turn off their phones and disappear!
This was a huge financial hit for me, but I'll recover and be okay. I know many others might not fare so well and I just want to get the word out.