Attorney General Bondi Unveils Legislative Initiative to Protect Consumers from the Number One Complaint of the Past Two Years

Attorney General Bondi Unveils Legislative Initiative to Protect Consumers from…


Timeshare Resale Fraud


Attorney General Bondi Unveils Legislative Initiative to Protect Consumers from Timeshare Resale Fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi today joined Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and Representative Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando) to unveil a legislative initiative that will protect consumers from timeshare resale fraud, the number one complaint that the Attorney General’s Office has received for the past two years. The bill strengthens existing laws by addressing unfair and deceptive marketing and advertising practices by timeshare resale companies. From January 2011 to date, the Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 6,863 complaints. In 2010, the Attorney General’s Office received more than 12,000 complaints about timeshare resale fraud—more than the next four highest complaint categories combined.

“Florida is home to millions of timeshare periods that consumers purchase. We cannot allow unscrupulous individuals to mislead and defraud our consumers who are attempting to sell their timeshares, many of whom have invested their life savings into their dream vacation homes,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“I am proud to stand with the Attorney General to introduce legislation that will further protect consumers who purchase timeshare properties in Florida and later lose their money due to fraudulent resale practices,” stated Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner.

“Timeshare properties are a vital part of Florida’s tourism and resort industry. People who purchase these properties should be protected from the misleading and deceptive practices being used by dishonest timeshare resale companies,” said Representative Eric Eisnaugle.

The most common complaints include: false claims that a specific buyer is ready to buy or rent the property once the consumer signs a contract; deceptive claims that property will sell or rent within a certain time; failure to honor stated-cancellation policies, including refunds of fees; and misrepresentations of the actual services provided to consumers.

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25 Responses to “Attorney General Bondi Unveils Legislative Initiative to Protect Consumers from the Number One Complaint of the Past Two Years”
  1. Never a tale of California, however now we know that nothing was illegal, just maybe wreckless, after all that is what they were there for to make money! So for us suckers that actually thought the price was right and not munipulated; was just part of the game, called lets make a deal, and close that sale no matter what, and modification? After all of this time? for what? all extra fees at the back and make “make believe payments” 3,6, or 12 mo. however stupid you plan too be, and get the sorry you don;t qualify after wards? And I thought they had a time frame on short sales??? thats another issue, so screw you homeowners for being so trusting and to those of you already fliopped, walked or whatever and sitting in your new home at the current price, congraduations! TG someone made it!!

  2. lizinsarasota says:

    Attn. everyone in Florida. Visit SARASOTA next weekend! We’re having a marvelous free foreclosure-defense event, with amazing speakers, and a screening of Inside Job afterwards. Please tell your friends and spread the word!

    For immediate release.

    The Mortgage Justice Group, an organization of citizens helping citizens in foreclosure, will host “Save Your Home,” a free day-long foreclosure defense workshop on Saturday, October 15. The event will be held at the Unity Church of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, from 9-5.
    There will be a free screening of the Academy Award-winning movie, Inside Job, at 7 pm.
    Mr. Henry P. Trawick, Jr., iconic author of Trawick’s Florida Practice and Procedure, will be the keynote speaker. The title of Mr. Trawick’s speech is “The Foreclosure Mess.” Mr. Trawick will join other prominent foreclosure defense attorneys, experts, and activists, including noted Tampa attorney Matt Weidner; Lane Houk, forensic mortgage expert; and Lisa Epstein, foreclosure activist and owner of the nationally-known website,, all of whom will speak about foreclosure defense-related topics. Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff writer Michael Braga will also speak at the event. There will be numerous local attorneys on hand to answer questions about the latest news and foreclosure defense strategies, as well as proposed changes to mortgage/foreclosure laws in the 2011-2012 session of the Florida legislature.
    For additional information, please call the Mortgage Justice Group at (941) 504-4873 or email us at

  3. thisblows says:

    Until we get theses money hungry, advocates of the rich, Repukelicans, out of Tallahassee, this aloof attitude towards the suffering middle class will continue!!!

    Bondi has no vested interest in helping the Average Joe,

  4. chunga says:

    A lot of people don’t properly rinse their recyclables either. Go get ’em Pam.

  5. rictic says:

    Hey Bondi,
    How about looking into ALL the Mortgage fraud that has been perpetrated on us Floridians you little lap-dancing beeatch. Lord above she makes my blood boil…

  6. lizinsarasota says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?
    Is this some kind of JOKE?

    I’m not fucking laughing.

  7. Officer of the Law says:

    Prosecutors and regulators have been telling Floridians to send their complaints about banks to Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, so that is why Florida’s AG doesn’t have fraud by banksters as the number 1 complaint. Now, Floriduh’s AG can say that complaints about banks are way down, down the street actually.

    Don’t get too excited though. In 2008, Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) was caught throwing away all of the complaints about banks committing fraud. A whistleblower reported this elimination of evidence to the Miami Herald, and it made the news in the Herald. It seems like I’ve seen something on this site about it, too, but everyone else ignored it.

    Of course, no one was prosecuted and the director of OFR resigned, and the new director promised not to throw any more complaints away. Unfortunately, they can’t seem to find them after they file them in the appropriate receptacle. It seems someone keeps confusing those receptacles with the trash and emptying them into the incinerator, but they are working on a new rule to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore.

    Thank goodness that these wonderful government leaders are looking out for us. We can all breath a sign of relief and go on pretending that crime is not a crime, can’t we?

    • Officer of the Law says:

      Oh, I forgot to say that I’m happy that Florida’s AG is supporting a new law to make fraud a crime.

      Hey, while she’s at it, why doesn’t she support passage of a new law to make banks follow the law?

      That would fix everything, right?

    • Officer…..You are joking…right? We were to send them to Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation ? I got a good laugh on the receptacle and the incinerator…..sounds about right on that. ….I feel so cozy and protected with such caring people who watch over us…..I sleep so sound knowing all is good. But when I wake up…..that is another story…all hell breaks loose…………………………..

    • Bobbi Swann says:

      Does anybody out there have Bondi’s email address? I want to send her a nice ‘thank you’ (read between the lines) for all her efforts. Really! I do want her email address if someone has it.

      • Laura says:

        So funny, I was searching the AG site for a contact email too. It’s consicuously absent. You can find plenty of pictures of Ms. Biondi on her web site though, isn’t that just what you wanted? It’s kind of like a teenage facebook page. Fox News, here she comes!

  8. woodknot says:

    6,183 TimeShare Complaints ! How many Fraudclosure Mill complaints ? jeeze if that is what gets Bondis attention lets all send in more complaints. It certainly seems to me there should be many, many more FRAUDCLOSURE COMPLAINTS. I feel like I have faxed called & emailed a zillion times.

    • woodknot…Maybe Bondi’s office took all the complaints and bundled them like the foreclosures…and totaled them together……in 2010 they claim more than 12,000 complaints on timeshare. Not one word of the foreclosure complaints….they must have the same problem as BofA has…never got the complaint…send it again…

      • woodknot says:

        yes Marilyn-Bondis Pretty Pie Chart could not possibly be accurate-she must be using the same Accountants & Audit rules as Banksters do.
        No matter the catagory-total of ALL complaints received and combined could not possibly be less than Timeshares.

    • incognito123 says:

      I have been saying, and KEEP saying COMPLAINTS ARE THE KEY!!!!!! While I have no doubt many of my complaints are heave hoed, we must MAKE THE RECORD and KEEP FILING COMPLAINTS ON THE FRAUDCLOSURES!!!!!!!!! Make sure they are justifiable and documented and show what statute, code, law, etc., was violated!!!

  9. leapfrog says:

    I have a real hard time believing that timeshare fraud was the #1 complaint.

  10. housemanrob says:

    Smoke and mirrors…..makr it look like Pammy truly cares about florida consumers….she does not……if she did…..she would have put many of these home thieves in jail….or at least put a stop to it…..

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