Sunshine Asset Marketing -- a legitimate timeshare resale company for Mexican timeshares? Royal Bay Trust Group -- a legitimate closing company for resale contracts for Mexican timeshares?
We have sent Sunshine a 10% binder. They are asking for 16% VAT tax on total payment for timeshare and 3% registration/certification fee for verification that VAT tax has been paid.
We do not want to send more money unless Sunshine is a legitimate timeshare resale company.
Hello Jacustomer,I have serious reservations about these companies. For one thing, They are both only about 5 weeks old. For another, they may claim to be US companies, but their servers are both in Argentina. For still another, the registrant on both sites is the same, and it's apparent that no matter what they call theselves, both Sunshine Asset and Royal Bay Trust are the same company. You can see Sunshine's Whois information here. and Royal Bay's here. The newer the company the greater the chance of fraud. Scammers don't let their sites get too old because they abandon them when the scam reports start. They are only useful in the beginning for a quick killing.There is a Sunshine Asset Marketing registered with the Texas Secretary of State. It is also in Houston, but not at the same address shown on the website, so it's impossible to know for sure if it is the same company. Royal Bay claims to be in Illinois but it is not in the Illinois Secretary of State's registry where it would be required to file.Neither company is known to the Better Business Bureau, which you would expect if the companies were only 5 weeks old.So while I cannot say that these companies are scamming you, I can tell you that I see no reason you ought to trust them. You might try calling the Texas State Attorney General's Office or the Illinois AG's to see if either of them can tell you anything about their business histories. You can also contact Profeco, which is the Mexican government's Federal consumer rights protection agency. They should be able to tell you if the 16% VAT and the 3% registration payments are legitimate expenses and at what point in a Mexican real estate transaction they would be due. I have linked you to their website.This smells fishy to me, but when they are this new, I cannot prove it. And that, of course, is why most scam websites are under 2 months old.
18+ years experience in criminal fraud matters