Once bitten, twice shy!

Every day we receive more and more emails from consumers who make this same comment!

We are really pleased to see that our efforts are not only helping those who have fallen for a scam of dodgy companies but our articles on the blog  also help a lot of people not to fall into these traps (again) avoiding them to pay ridiculous fees and pass a lot of stress and grief.

We are obviously reaching more and more consumers, large timeshare companies are referring to us when their members write to their customer services about the different scams and consumer associations ask for our advice.

But we can always aim for improvement!

We try our best to put a warning on the blog as soon as we are made aware of a possible new dubious company. But this is only possible if you tell us about these people calling you! So don’t ever think we already know about them, please always let us know!

If we don’t know them, we need to publish as soon as possible, time is money. MONEY SAVED!

And if we do know them, we need to confirm they are still active, same contact details and same pitch / tricks.

One of the things that have become very clear to us in the past months is that many of you, who are called by certain companies, are called over and over again by other dodgy companies. So obviously the lists are passed around and they just keep on trying until they trap you…

We recommend subscribing to our blog. In that way you will receive an email every time we publish a new article. We understand that some of you are overloaded with emails, but just think of it in this way…it takes you 2 seconds to read the name of the company we warn about and delete the message if you want…..how long does it take you to search on the internet for a company who has cold called you and you are considering taking up their offer?

We want to avoid more victims of these scams!

Yes we would like to close all these companies down! But the police, although working extremely hard on certain cases, do need their time to be totally backed up for a close down and arrests. Let’s avoid more victims in the mean time!

Many thanks for all your help and support, and remember “once bitten, twice shy”….so always double check with us!

About mindtimeshare

Mindtimeshare SLU is registered Company reg number: B35957182 Mindtimeshare provides assistance to timeshare owners who have been defrauded by holiday clubs and bogus resale companies. The Mindtimeshare project was launched in February 2011. After dealing with timeshare members over several years who had been defrauded by numerous bogus companies and for large amounts of money, I considered launching an Organisation to help timeshare owners that have been targeted by bogus companies. On this blog you can find information about the different active scam companies and their “modus operandi” and also place comments, ask questions and see comments from other consumers who have the same doubts or have been through the same experience. Mindtimeshare has resulted in a huge success and has received the back up from not only timeshare consumers but also from the professionals in the timeshare Industry. Mindtimeshare helps timeshare owners who have been scammed by bogus Discount Holiday Clubs; bogus cash back companies; fraudulent timeshare resale companies; bogus class action companies and false lawyers and notaries. We offer professional answers and advice to Timeshare users. If you want to send an email instead of posting a comment on the blog please do so by emailing: customercare@mindtimeshare.com
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17 Responses to Once bitten, twice shy!

  1. Collyn says:

    I have also been sc***** by PPG. I dealt with Rezaan and paid him R30000.00 cash to get rid of my timeshare. To date nothing has been done. Is there anything I can do about this?
    Collyn .

  2. Trish says:

    Good day, I have also fallen for this scam & have been trying to get my money back from them.
    Currently liasing with Morne Frylinck who has taken holiday time from me to help me pay my funds as i cannot afford the payments anymore. Being on pension and not much resources i have had an uphill battle with them. Please if someone can assist & let me know how to go about getting rid of the timeshare.

    Trish

  3. Lindsay says:

    Lindsay again(about 1 year later). We decided to do dealings with PPG Consultants as we were desperate to get out of our timeshare(they ppg) do fill your mind with horror stories as well). Meantime I have on my own steam(months earlier) also written several requests to Flexiclub to cancel our timeshare as i was unable to pay them for more than a year. When PPG came on the scene Flexiclub had not budged. We decided to do dealings with PPG. We made a bank loan settled our Flexiclub balance and paid PPG the amount required. The following month we received a letter from Flexiclub saying that the trustees have at a board meeting decided to cancel our contract as per my request. PPG had not even initiated anything on their side(this was confirmed by Rezaan). I had managed to extract myself by some miracle from this contract and am now struggling to get my money from Wayne(PPG) who had promised me a refund as their services had not been utilised at all. I have an e-mailed confirmation of his promise to repay me. A few months later I am still trying to get my money out of them.Legal wise referred me to a lawyer as well as another of their clients who is in the same predicament. I would like to know if their is anything else I/we as a collective can do to stop them and get our monies back?

    • Louise says:

      Oh no Lindsay you have been scammed big time. I found that PPG is a big fra**. A month ago I managed to get out of Flexiclub finally after complying with all their requirements and then hearing nothing. they also told me their board was looking into it. so.. I emailed, faxed, phoned, every day for a month, until they got sick of me. I emailed the same email to the same person, Margaret, 10 times per day. eventually they got the message LOL. I hope you come right.

    • Stefan says:

      Ai Lindsay, did you not read my previous posts. Did you manage to get any money back? Wayne Le Page is now also running a company call TSO solutions doing the same thing PPG is doing. I wish people would stop being so naive. Asking someone thousands of rands to take over there timeshare should surely ring a warning bell. THey are scammers and even if they do managed to get some peoples timeshare transferred to someone else, what they do is illegal. They ask you to pay them and then they sell your membership to another person. Do you see any of the money of the sale??? no you don’t…… They have been operating for years because people don’t want to listen or are just plain naive or stupid.

  4. Cobie says:

    Same happened to me with Penthouse Portfolio Group. Ipaid the deposit of R3500 on 31 march 2012. On futher investigation I found out that things are exactly as they explained. So I decided to canceled the trafer trasaction within five days and asekd them to refund my money, the R3500 deposit. They promise t do that . Its now nearly 2 months later and every time they promise to call me back for they are waiting for “report”. Needeless to say they “Financial office never bothered to phone me, and I sometimes lucky to get an answer at the office when I call. The consultant that convinced us to go into that trasaction, named Bradley, are always out of town on the road and cant help.

    Cobie

  5. Louise says:

    i have just been contacted by PPG. I would have to attend a consultation where they will explain everything. it just sounds dubious and too good to be true. I think I must contact my timeshare to see what they say about this and if they have any knowledge of these people. Pls could someone give us advice about these people and if they are above board.

    • Stefan says:

      Have you actually gone through with this deal?? I know it’s months later but need to warn all timeshare owners about them. they are a sc** and you will pay lots of money to get rid of your timeshare, while they sell it again on Bid or buy. THey make money both ways and there is no lawsuit againts anyone and you will not get any money back. Go to VOASA website or contact your timeshare company they will tell you the same.

  6. Lindsay says:

    I have also been contacted by PPG consultants and have actually paid the deposit but not the balance as yet. I have same fears and questions as Ruhan. Please respond as soon as possible as I have a time limit. Also is there anyone out there besides “Kim” who is actually happy with PPG promises/results.

    • Stefan says:

      PPG is a scam company and the only way to stop them is if ALL timeshare consumers will stop doing business with them. THere is a warning out about them at VOASA

  7. Ruhan says:

    I’ve been contacted by a company called PPG Consultants ( Penthouse Portfolio Group in South-Africa)on Tuesday and we had a meeting last night. They say they are part of the ITRA group of companies trying to help us ( the consumer) to get our money back (rebate with law suites)and also to get us out of the contract we sighned in 2007 with QVC. No more levies and other payments but at a cost. They asking for R34 500 and we need to settle our outstanding capital & levies with QVC before they can transfer our points of our names.
    Can you please help me if they can do something like this and also will i ever get rid of my timeshare. This is a big burden and with the levies going up by 18% per annum where will this end.Also as they explained to me we can’t get out of this contract without they’re help and no laywer can get us out.
    Also the clause in contract that state that these points i bought will go to my kids and they’re kids
    can they do it by law.
    Please get back to me on this serious manner.
    Kind Regards
    Ruhan
    South-Africa

    • Stefan says:

      HI Ruhan, have you gone through with this deal with PPG. I know it’s a year later, just want to know as I know they are a sc** company. they may help you to transfer your membership but there is no class action and you will never get any money back.

  8. Andrew Wright says:

    I have just been scammed before reading your postings. I sent a sum of money to FME Solutions speaking to Danny Sanderson at MAHON, MINORCA, SPAIN 07702, AP-DE-COR 19 on a telephone 0844 9910477
    I was told that the money was to go into a Santander escrow account to safe guard the sale. I had a cooling off period during which time I could send back the contract and the money would be refunded. I have sent a registered letter to their address and my bank has given me a number where I can have a go at reclaiming the money.
    Andrew Wright

    • Hi Andrew,
      Sorry to hear you found the blog after you paid these people.
      Let’s see if we can help you to recover the money.
      We are sending you the information by email.
      Kind regards
      Customer Care

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