AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LHVC TO OUR MEMBERS – BEWARE RESALE/PURCHASE SCAM
As advised in our prior notification to your attention on August 15, 2014, it has come to our attention that several of our members have received an unsolicited call/email from the following illegitimate companies with an improper “offer” to buy your membership and/or falsely indicating affiliation with Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, Inc. (the “Club”): Realty Centre LTD; Exotic Haven; Maracuya Events and Getaways; First Referral Network; HVC Highlands, etc.
As previously advised, these sham companies are not affiliated with the Club in any manner and the Club has not authorized such companies or any individuals to contact any of the Members. Please note that the foregoing list of names is not the only false companies that may try and contact you as they are constantly changing their names, phone numbers and locations to avoid governmental punishment.
There is unfortunately an unprecedented industry-wide scam problem commonly referred as “rescue” companies, in which individuals on behalf of these sham companies and/or a fake buyer falsely promise to buy your membership and use information about your membership obtained from the internet (or from members themselves who actually provide their membership documents to these individuals/companies) along with deceit, half-truths and lies about the Club to lure unsuspecting and trusting Members into fraudulent membership transfers.
Based on our investigation and working with Members who have been contacted by these companies, the companies set forth above are part of a dishonest scheme to try and obtain improper “advance fees” or credit card or debit information from our Members for “closings” that will never occur, and we therefore strongly recommend that our members not forward any money, credit card or debt information or any other data (including their membership documents) to such companies as it is our understanding that they have no intention of ever fulfilling the terms of their offer.
As previously, your membership rights in the Club are a contractual right to use and are not real property interests which do not require such transfers to be recorded or payment to any governmental agencies, including but not limited to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism or Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, despite claims from these sham companies to the contrary. Neither of these agencies has any authority to approve or record any transfer of your Club membership. Any attempted fraudulent transfer will not be recognized nor approved by the Club.
Please note that we are working with various government officials and our lawyers to prevent these “companies” from improperly contacting our Members for fraudulent purposes. As our member are our greatest asset, we are putting our full resources behind these efforts. If you ever get contacted by any of these companies, we recommend that you cease all contact with these companies and DO NOT provide them with any personal or membership information, including your credit card or debit card, nor should you pay them any money. As always, should you have any concerns, questions (including dispelling any rumors or false stories about the health and vitality of the Club) or if you should get contacted by one of these sham companies, please immediately contact the Club at email@example.com
Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, Inc.