DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THESE PEOPLE !
DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THESE PEOPLE !
The lead scammer in this is someone who claims to be a 'Michael Shapiro', a real estate broker who contacted me (unsolicited) in June of 2020 to purchase (2) timeshare units I own at the Royal Resorts in Cancun. He told me his brokerage group had been asked to find 82 of these type timeshares for an acquisition that was initiated by a real estate division of Daiwa House Group. This is patently false, Daiwa is a massive Japanese corporation with a long reputable history and has no affiliation whatsoever with this brokerage group, RealtyConsultantsInc.com. Broker "Shapiro", offered me an extremely high price, stating that they are only interested in purchasing the best of the ocean beachfront properties for their client. We spent a whole week in numerous document exchanges, which in hindsight was done mainly for keeping up the professional appearances of a legitimate real estate brokerage, while also establishing trust and assuaging my fears of improprieties. I eventually received an email from a James C. Nichols who represents himself to be the head escrow officer at EscrowRecoveryServices.com. In this email is an attachment that is an escrow account statement has been placed under my name at Citibanamex, which shows $104,017 of available funds. The other broker, who claims to be Joseph Summerville, asked if I would immediately call one of the bank numbers shown on the statement, the "Cross Border" number, and verify the account for myself. This seemed like an odd request, since I had only received the statement a few minutes earlier by email; but I called anyway and a Spanish speaking girl answered the phone and so she confirmed the amount on the Citibanamex statement. I was not able to verify that this "Cross Border" phone number was a genuine Citibanamex phone, although it really does not matter, as they will actually deposit a large amount of funds into a legitimate bank account under the Seller's name(s), but they never intend on actually giving a Seller any part of those monies! So I did not sign the contract they sent me, and after further investigation, it was clear this group never intended to make this purchase. They will be sure to give you solid assurances that you, as the Seller, will never have to pay any taxes or fees up through and after closing, however, as in other scams you will see on the web that they have perpetrated on others, it's clear they WILL eventually attempt to extort funds from you to pay some last minute bogus charges & fees. As the purchase process nears its final closing date, and you are now elated and expecting to have these substantial funds within a short period of time, they will suddenly contact you and say something like, "oh I am sorry, there has been some unforeseen fee or tax as a result of some newly enacted MX law, and or a Value Added Tax (VAT) that is due to the MEX government." They will absolutely assure you that the Buyer will reimburse you for these afterwards, but tell you that YOU MUST PAY THESE FEES yourself before they can release the large amount of funds in escrow for your purchase-offer.
(It should be noted here that the purchasers of timeshares are rarely taxed in MEX, as the resorts always maintain the overall property ownership, and so especially not a VAT tax, which I confirmed with Royal Resorts management & other MX legal assistance.) Whoever falls for these lies, will lose any money they have sent already to these hucksters at realtyconsultantsinc.com, and meanwhile, until con-artists like these can be taken down through the best practices of private and criminal legal efforts, they will continue wreaking havoc on unsuspecting timeshare owners all over the world who's only intention was to sell their properties for a fair price.
(Confirmed Alias) Michael Shapiro - Broker - 917-781-3940
NYS Broker's Licenses - 109905451 & 35SH0022045
(NOTE: This person IS NOT Michael Shapiro, as he is only using this name as a stolen identity of an actual 'Michael Shapiro.' The criminal alias he is using for his stolen identity & home address, is actually a true person & that person's personal home address! His broker licenses are listed on the NYS licensing site using this false name and address of the identity theft victim. On the NY licensing site, the criminal alias declares his legal name & domicile are the same address of an 'actual' Michael Shapiro, who is the legitimate owner of the claimed address. It should be noted here that I have been in communication with the true owner of the property, for which the alias has stolen for his own, and as of 7/9/20 have been in correspondence with the victim's legal counsel.
(Alias?) Joseph Summerville - Broker - 929-450-3102
NYS Broker's License - 35SU0535332
1950 Cross Bronx Expwy
BRONX , NY
(Alias?) Donna Ward - Exec Asst 646-712-9319 email@example.com
(Alias?) James C. Nichols - Head Escrow Officer with Escrow Recovery Services, LLC - 646-741-9104
(Alias?) Linda Hoffman - Buyer’s representative - Daiwa House Industry
RealtyConsultantsInc.com - supposed address - 10 West 20th Street New York, NY, 10011 (There's no record of this company in this mostly residential 8-story building)