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    FTC Action Results in Ban Against Couple from Telemarketing, Timeshare Resale Services

    FTC Action Results in Ban Against Couple from Telemarketing, Timeshare Resale Services


    The Federal Trade Commission put the telemarketing and timeshare businesses off-limits to a south Florida couple who allegedly operated a deceptive telemarketing scheme that victimized property owners hoping to sell their timeshares.

    Pasquale Pappalardo and his wife, Lisa Tumminia-Pappalardo, agreed to settlements with the FTC that permanently ban them from telemarketing and engaging in timeshare resale services. The case against Timeshare Mega Media and Marketing Group, Inc. is part of the FTC's ongoing effort to crack down on con artists who use fraud and deception to take advantage of consumers in financial distress.

    According to the FTC's complaint, filed in October 2010, the defendants conned consumers by promising that they had buyers lined up and waiting to buy the consumers' timeshares. The defendants charged consumers an up-front fee, usually $1,996, but promised a full refund upon closing of the timeshare sale. The FTC alleged that, after the consumers paid the fee, they were told to expect a contract from Timeshare Mega Media. What they received turned out to be a contract to market and advertise their timeshare, and not a sales contract, and many consumers signed and returned the contract thinking it was a sales contract, the complaint alleges. Those who questioned its validity allegedly were given the run-around by the company and falsely told that a sales contract would follow. In fact, according to the FTC, the company never had any timeshare buyers lined up and never actually assisted anyone in selling a timeshare. When consumers discovered this and demanded their money back, they found it nearly impossible to get a refund, or even get a call back. The Commission estimates that in the 20 months the defendants operated, thousands of consumers were defrauded out of at least $2.7 million. In October 2010, a federal court halted the operation and froze the defendants' assets, pending resolution of the case.

    In addition to banning Pasquale Pappalardo and Lisa Tumminia-Pappalardo from telemarketing and engaging in timeshare resale services, the settlement orders announced today permanently prohibit them from misrepresenting any product or service, selling or using customers' personal information, failing to properly dispose of customer information within 30 days of the orders, and attempting to collect payments from past customers.

    The order against Pasquale Pappalardo imposes a judgment of almost $2.7 million, which will be suspended when he surrenders the proceeds from the sale of a condominium. The full judgment will become due immediately if he is found to have misrepresented his financial condition. The court also entered a $2.7 million default judgment against Timeshare Mega Media and Marketing Group Inc., Timeshare Market Pro Inc., Tapia Consulting Inc., Joseph Crapella, Pasqualino Agovino, Louis Tobias Duany, and Patricia A. Walker.

    To learn how to avoid pitfalls when selling a timeshare unit, read the FTC's Selling a Timeshare Through a Reseller: Contract Caveats.

    The Commission vote approving the proposed consent order against Pasquale Pappalardo was 4-0. The Commission vote approving the proposed consent order against Lisa Tumminia- Pappalardo was 3-1, with Commissioner Rosch voting in the negative. The orders were entered by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    The FTC would like to thank the Florida Attorney General's Office and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for their assistance in this case.

    NOTE: These consent orders are for settlement purposes only and do not constitute an admission by the defendants that the law has been violated. Settlement orders have the force of law when approved and signed by the District Court judge.

    The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC's online Complaint Assistant or call
    1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC's website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. Like the FTC on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/04/timeshare.shtm
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    Re: FTC Action Results in Ban Against Couple from Telemarketing, Timeshare Resale Services

    This timeshare fraud is increasing fast. The typical scheme involves a cold call from a timeshare broker claiming to have a buyer willing to pay big bucks. People are entice to get money and the timeshare out of their monthly expenses. The con man asks for upfront fees to complete the transaction, if they hear again from him is only to request for more money.

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    Re: FTC Action Results in Ban Against Couple from Telemarketing, Timeshare Resale Services

    Quote Originally Posted by margaretsims View Post
    This timeshare fraud is increasing fast. The typical scheme involves a cold call from a timeshare broker claiming to have a buyer willing to pay big bucks. People are entice to get money and the timeshare out of their monthly expenses. The con man asks for upfront fees to complete the transaction, if they hear again from him is only to request for more money.
    Can you explain how this service works? I am intrigued about helping people get out of timeshare contracts, but am more than a little unclear on why TS companies would agree to cancel contracts when you call.
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    Re: FTC Action Results in Ban Against Couple from Telemarketing, Timeshare Resale Services

    Don Allen Holbrook should take note. These deals are sold by the same oily types that promote MLM, and HYIPs etc. Most timeshare owners end up wanting to sell and unload their purchase. The problem is that one can't even give those damned timeshare memberships away. With the maintenance fees and other horrendous expenses for places most find that they can't use, it is a huge money loss and headache. So, there is quite a demand for timeshare resellers. Problem is that savvy consumers won't touch timeshares with a ten foot pole.

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