Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Florida business regulators warn of timeshare scam

State business regulators issued a warning to consumers Tuesday to beware of con artists who are attempting to defraud the already-hurt victims of timeshare resale scams.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation said the con artists pose as employees of the agency in calls to the timeshare victims. The callers, claiming to be part of the department's "Fraud Unit," asked the victims for cash to pursue refunds for the money they lost in timeshare resale scams.

The department does not have a "Fraud Unit" and has confirmed that the phone calls are in no way connected with the department or its regulatory authority.

If the person calling claims to be a telemarketer, consumers may report the call to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at toll-free 1-800-435-7352 or at www.freshfromflorida.com.

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