We were unhappy with lack of response from a timeshare/condo we purchased in Costa Rica so picked up the phone when a caller said he was calling about that condo. "Anthony" of Legacy International Title and Escrow knew a lot about that company and said Legacy was buying up all the contracts for that site. We are elderly, my husband terminally ill so we will not travel again. Cash is short after his many recent hospitalizations. We foolishly listened.
Their website looked legitimate with names, history, etc. Better Business Bureau and Ripoff Report had no posts for that company or Anthony Savaterri. Legacy "contracted" to buy our timeshare in Costa Rica for a fixed amount. Working by phone, email and fax, they soon insisted on a wire transfer to Mexico to pay this year's Maintenance fees, before they could pay us. (They did not trust the banks in Costa Rica.) They added another "must do" demand for "taxes" a week later. That made our suspicions go higher. We were right.
Diego Perez took over our account. They refuse to return money paid and continue to phone with amended proposed contract details. Diego said we would need to write their legal department in Salt Lake City to request a refund. Their phone and fax are not located in Salt Lake City but in very remote areas of the state. When I challenged their location with a simple question about the city, Diego said he would not play games and hung up. Yet, he has phoned again.
We are quite certain they live/work in Mexico and are one of the many Mexican bank scams we now know about. We also believe they may change company and personal names often.
We knew about grandparent, IRS and a few other scams. In this process, we discovered Scam Guard. This website taught us much more about fraud. We have contacted police in CA and Utah, will file with FBI next. Our money is gone but maybe someone can stop these guys.
All monies returned