In August of 2015, my husband and I were visiting Mazatlan, Mexico. At a local supermarket, we were approached by a woman who mentioned that we could benefit from a 90 minute talk on vacation with no obligation. We realized it could be a timeshare sale again (we earlier had bought one in Cancun) but were willing to listen what they had to offer. We were tired of paying timeshare maintenance and not being able to go where we wanted to go and when we wanted to go. We were told that we could buy 50 years without paying any maintenance fees and no restrictions. We mentioned we already have a timeshare, The Bliss, in Cancun which we were not happy with. They then suggested that they would help us sell the timeshare in Cancun if we committed to buying the one at Mazatlan, called Punta Resorts. If they were not able to sell it in 270 days, they would refund our money back. We agreed to purchase for a price of USD 25,000. In Nov 2015, we were approached by Bradley Watson from the Platinum Marketing of America (PMA) based in New Orleans, telephone (504) 2008-9919 informing us that they are the agents who will help us sell The Bliss in Cancun. We were very clear that there should not be any more payments from us and they assured us there were no additional payments to be made We were not informed what is happening and how long it will take. We tried contacting him numerous times finally he answered us that he is still trying to find a buyer and that the previous buyer backed out and one of them did not clear the background check. In Jan 2017, Bradley finally informed us they had found a Buyer (no name was shared) and that it was being handed over to the Disbursement Company u2013 Columbus International Escrow Services based in New York. Address: 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10174. Tel: (646) 403-9681. I first was connected with Chelsea Daniels from Columbus who requested for our bank info to ensure that the money would be transferred directly to our account. We again reiterated there should not be any other payments to be made for which she agreed and that due to delay in finding the Buyer, we would be entitled to an additional 25% from the Buying Price bringing a total of USD 66,875.00 . She said that a Disbursement Officer, Lyle Williams will be in touch shortly. It was about 2 weeks later after a few emails sent to them that we received an email from Lyle Williams stating that we had some pending payments to be made before they could send the amount back to us. It was for some bank wire fees that was amounting to USD 5,350.00. He finally called me to chat and I mentioned that there should not be any payments to be made anymore and if there were any fees to be incurred, he could take it off from the money that was due to us. He mentioned that as property was in Mexico, these wire fees were first needed to be paid off before releasing the funds. He was willing to provide a Promissory note from his company to assure me that the money due to us from the sale will be paid to us. I told him I could do the same by issuing him a Promissory note too. He was not willing to accept this as he said there were some bad cases in the past that they were finding difficulty collecting. I told him as we do not know them, we could also be in the same predicament of not seeing any money. They all sound very convincing and looks so legitimate but they are real fake. On further research, I noticed that this company is not even existing in New York. I called up the main number at the address they had listed and the Reception mentioned there is no such company registered here. Mr Lyle Williams claimed he was on the 4th Floor of that Building while it is not even mentioned on their website while speaking to Chelsea Daniels, she mentioned their office is on the 12th Floor. There are lots of inconsistencies. I tried to find their Tax ID in New York, and could not find it. They are not even registered with BBB. It is time to reach out to the Attorney General in New York informing them of this big scam and as many of us are getting duped by these scammers. They need to be put behind bars as they run a very big scam. I am sure there are many such innocent people who have lost their hard earned money to such scammers. If we can all unite we can help others from being cheated. Both Lyle Williams from Columbus International Escrow Services based in New York City and Bradley Watson of Platinum Marketing of America of New Orleans, Louisiana need to be reported to the respective AG offices of that State. We need to ensure they are shut down for good. BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BIG FRAUD!!
405 Lexington Avenue New York, New York USA