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GRAND MIRAMAR: Hundreds of people get scammed in Puerto Vallarta

GRAND MIRAMAR: Hundreds of people get scammed  in Puerto Vallarta
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 In Puerto Vallarta, the American Mark Talon knew the market as well as himself, where he moved like a fish in the ocean, he opened and closed businesses at the same time he was associated with those who were immersed in the timeshare industry.  No one was suspicious about him, but his personality betrayed him: he was very ostentatious; he drove a big hummer and liked to wear expensive jewelry. But his luck came to an end a few months ago, when agents of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) arrested him to response to some illegal drug trade acts occurred in the American Union. The US government has been very hermetic about Mark Talon, and didn’t report notice about his arrest. 

In recent journalistic investigations, it was revealed that Mark Talon was associated with Michael Diaz, who is son of the CPA Miguel Diaz, and suddenly came back to Puerto Vallarta from Tijuana with lots of money in his pockets, enough to put several businesses in operation.  Therefore, Michael Diaz has been in the spot light of the Mexican authorities.

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Grand Miramar - The Company

Mark Talon and Michael Diaz opened a sales company called “Corporativo Integral” (Integral Corporate), and through this company they sold almost all the timeshare properties at the resort “Grand Miramar” but in this process hundreds of American customers got defrauded. They told them that with their purchase they would acquire a timeshare membership with which they would enter to a rent system, and in a few months they would get their investment back plus a profit. 

In fact, the buyers were bamboozled with that rent system, they were told it was an intelligent investment to buy a timeshare at Grand Miramar, and this way the scammers kept asking for upfront payments and took thousands of dollars out of the victim’s credit cards, that money was transfer through the Bank of America.

Grand Miramar - The Hook

To hook the people – the Integral Corporate sellers – offered them a financial plan with a low interest rate, but when the buyers came back to the US, they noticed that their bank accounts were almost empty. It was an authentic swindle, said other scam victims by Grand Miramar like Steven, who was ripped off with 40 thousand dollars when buying 3 timeshares, and which promised rent profits never were delivered, even when he had to pay the VAT (IVA) in Mexico.

The costumers were also told that their timeshares were part of a high range rent system, that is to say, other vacacionists would pay big amounts of money and that money would be refund to the timeshare owners.  Other clients decided not to keep paying and received many threatening phone calls, and when they came back to cancel the contract, no one was able to solve their issue.

Gran Miramar - The Victims

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Katherine Walsh, another victim, left her testimony in a website where hundreds of complaints against Gran Miramar were posted. “I’ve paid 43,900 USD in total to the timeshare resort Grand Miramar. They compromised to sell my timeshare at Playa del Sol Grand for 44,710 USD, but nothing happened. I tried to obtain a fax number and send the cancelled contract, but I got nothing”

One more victim, Mark T. Wilgus, told his bad experience in Puerto Vallarta with Grand Miramar. He said that on August 12th, 2010; he made a 5 hours tour in the resort. He was offered a 4 weeks a year membership.   He bought a property for 24,810 USD, and he was told that he would get his money back in a short period, but the days went by and he didn’t get anything.

In this fraud, the reputation of the Bank of America was damaged, since they were the ones that should’ve known that Grand Miramar was inducing the clients to buy a timeshare –through high pressure sales tactics- with the use of credit cards to finance the membership payment. The ones who got lucky were those who attended the timeshare presentation without buying, but they left the place very angry and upset, since the salespeople were very aggressive to them.

Grand Miramar – The lesson

Stories like this occur every day in Mexico; we see people’s faces but not their intentions. Timeshare industry salespeople are known for their aggressive sales tactics and insidious logic. If you were a victim of a timeshare scam by Grand Miramar, or anywhere else, don’t feel disappointed or hopeless. Contact Mexican Timeshare Solutions today for a free consultation on your timeshare issue.  We will solve your problem in a professional way, and we won’t charge any fees until your contract is completely cancelled.

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19 Comments
  • Shaw4294October 21, 2014, 9:02 am

    Please stay away from any enticement to attend a presentation at the Grand Miramar Spa & Resort. No matter what they offer you, it isn't worth spending a day of your vacation. I made the big mistake in May this year, of purchasing 2 weeks as it is a beautiful hotel (way up on the hill, so not convenient to town or the beach). After 5-6 hours for the presentation, and being pressured and deceived into believing they could sell my 3 US timeshares for more than I had paid for them, and being offered quite a few champagnes & beer for husband, I said Yes and signed their Contract. They offered me $1600 per week if I did not want to use my unit and $6400 for attending the presentation. You can buy timeshares on-line for pennies on the dollar, or for just taking over maintenance fees as I found out when we returned from our vacation. After reading all the complaints about fraud on-line, I did cancel within the 5 business days allowed by Mexican Law, but they are denying my cancellation and have just put my application/contract "on hold". I have disputed this with my credit card company, but when Mexico wrote and said they would not accept my cancellation, my bank added the amount back to my credit card. I am forced to go to the Mexican Consulate "Profeco", to try to get them to refund several thousand dollars.

  • kirsten lotheSeptember 17, 2014, 1:14 pm

    Getting rid of a timeshare is not easy. Much more if you do it alone. As a matter of fact, there are thousands of owners trying to get rid of their timeshare property. If you’re one of these owners, stop wasting your time and effort getting of your timeshare all alone. You’d better hire a timeshare transfer company and see quick results.

  • JoshuaJuly 28, 2014, 8:11 am

    The prices they show you are not what they are when you look yourself

  • ItzelJuly 18, 2014, 2:28 pm

    que horrible que aun estando el testimonio de estas personas, miles sigan cayendo en sus estafas hoy en dia

  • m11_9July 8, 2014, 10:32 am

    run away, fast as you can. don't take their prizes or tickets.

  • m11_9July 8, 2014, 10:32 am

    run away, fast as you can. don't take their prizes or tickets.

  • m11_9July 8, 2014, 10:03 am

    run away, fast as you can. don't take their prizes or tickets.

  • BrittanyMay 20, 2014, 8:25 am

    Fraudsters take advantage of the lack of coordination between public and private institutions and different countries.

  • Sammie JoMay 17, 2014, 8:52 am

    I can't believe anyone still buys timeshares.

  • David LetoMay 3, 2014, 9:14 am

    Save the money and stay in a hotel. No one uses their timeshare in a way that makes sense financially. Buy one and you will have anchor around your neck and a never ending money pit.

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