|Published:||Jun 04, 2013 6:13 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 04, 2013 6:23 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - WINK News Call For Action uncovers scams in almost every industry. The latest alert shows scammers are targetting timeshares.
"It's awful… just awful," said Katina Pendleton who was scammed out of thousands of dollars.
"I do believe what goes around comes around and they are going to get it and it's going to come back to haunt them."
A company promising big profits called Katina and asked if they could sell her timeshare in St. Thomas. She agreed and then received another phone call.
"She said I have a buyer for your timeshare," Katina said.
Initially, she was thrilled, as she was eager to sell her timeshare. The person posing as a sales agent then asked for money.
"In order to get this transaction to go through we would like you to wire me $1000," Katina said.
She then went to the bank and wired the money for what she was told were closing costs. The scammers sent her a fake contract and then disappeared.
Postal inspectors say this scam is on the rise.
"The timeshare resale scam is a fraud perpetrated on a lot of elderly people looking to sell and get rid of their timeshares," said U.S. Postal Inspector Kathryn Scarles.
"It's really hard when you see someone lose their life savings. These scams are so convincing and they are so realistic sounding and sound legitimate that a lot of smart people get duped," Scarles said.
Katina eventually sold her timeshare.
The best advice is to do your homework before you send money to anyone.