For those who have received a call from First Options in Mallorca we place this alert.
The company First Options with website www.firstoptions.eu has started a cold calling campaign to timeshare owners and offers them a guaranteed resale.
The addresses used by this company are supposedly in Mallorca:
- Carretera D’Arta 10, 07400 Alcudia, Mallorca, Balearics.
- Apartado de Correos 9 – Santa Ponsa – Calvia, Mallorca.
- C/Huguet des Far 34, L40, Santa Ponsa – Calvia, Mallorca.
Their email address are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their telephone numbers 0845 8620224, 0845 8620791 and 0845 5272971.
Investigation on this company has shown us that the website was registered on the 15th of November 2011 and they seem to be connected with another company already mentioned on this blog called Net Time Brokers: http://wp.me/p1kmoi-bz and of which we received numerous emails from consumers who have been duped for substantial amounts of money and no resale’s have taken place.
First Options is using actually the same pitch, guaranteed sale and we need a security bond to make sure you will be sending us the deeds when the sale is processed… Would one not send the deeds when money is showing on the bank account??…yeah right!
For this security they ask for around 1,500€ and this money needs to be transferred to a bank account which is as they state secured by IBAN. For your information IBAN is an international bank account code and yes, you can trace the account but still the payment cannot be claimed back or be refunded as if it was a credit card payment. So be very careful with this one!
After receiving numerous testimonials from consumers who have been contacted by First Options and paid the upfront fee, we need to add that there is a “second part” to this sale.
As it seems once the sale falls through and the agent calls the consumer to notify them about this bad news, they are re-assured another offer will be made for the timeshare. This offer is most of the times a so called “corporate buyer” who is buying in bulk memberships for his company. Unfortunately the timeshare owner “owns” the wrong club, but First Options has the solution and comes up with a quick membership change and the sale will go through.
Yes again the timeshare owner has to pay another amount of money, but all will be “refunded” when the final sale has been completed. Needless to say that this sale neither happens and timeshare consumers have found themselves stuck with a dubious membership in Avant Guard Travel or Principle Travel, no sale and certainly no refunded money!
Have you been called by First Options in Mallorca? Did you receive a call from telephone number 08458620224, 08458620791 or 08455272971 ?
Please let us know: email@example.com