Letters To The Editor

Editor,

When I was in Los Cabos a week ago, “Americans living in Cabo” told me all about your newspaper and how important it is for them. I understand the Gringo Gazette is involved in a lot of concerns and while I was there I found out something that I think your  readers might be interested in knowing about - a new twist to the timeshare scams. This time the timeshare folks are scamming their own employees.

When we arrived at the airport, I made a deal with a timeshare share guy. (Yes, I knew what I was doing and I knew that the airport sharks get paid for every mark/ tourist who schedules with them. I wanted to help give a shark a commission if I had to sit through a timeshare presentation.)

When I got to the hotel, Playa Grande, they asked that I change the presentation date to another day. I did. I sat through my mandatory presentation and received my gifts as promised by the airport shark.

Later, I saw my airport shark and he asked me why I hadn’t attended the presentation. I said that I did, just another date. I then discovered that he did not receive any credit for me because the date was changed by the hotel. By changing the date and reissuing the form, the resort was able to take his “mark” (me) and received the credit rather than him. I now hear this has been happening to the poor little airport sharks with increasing frequency.

So the bigger timeshare sharks are feeding on the little timeshare sharks and the tourists. These guys have huge appetites.

There is no honor among sharks (thieves).

karen bennett

via email

 

Editor,

On December 20 last year I made two consecutive failed attempts to withdraw 5000 pesos each time from the Scotiabank Inverlat ATM at the Mega store in San Jose del Cabo. No money was dispensed in either case. To my surprise these two unsuccessful withdrawals showed as debits on my next Scotiabank bank statement. I have had an account at the Scotiabank branch in San Jose for 13 years and never experienced any such problem until now.

I filed a report with the Scotiabank, which subsequently sent me an email saying the matter had been investigated, there would be no restitution, and the case was closed, no reason given. I replied by questioning that decision and got another email saying this decision was final and an appeal not possible. Further correspondence from me to the bank has not been answered.

As the maximum allowable daily ATM withdrawal is 5000 pesos, two withdrawals for the same amount only minutes apart on the same day would be impossible. The bank has a record of the timing of the attempted withdrawals and should be able to check its records and verify the exact time of each transaction. After reviewing the facts it should have reached the conclusion that something went obviously wrong. Their assertion that I should have waited for the money to dispense does not hold water as I made not one, but two withdrawal attempts. I am still trying to get recourse but have run up against the bank’s brick wall and silence. Moral of the story is: Beware of ATMs, particularly the Scotiabank one in Mega, and withdraw your money at a teller, rather than from a potentially compromised machine.

Larry Dekker

Via email

 

We have received numberous complaints about this same ATM and Scotiabank. It seems to be a regular profit center for them.

Edtor

 

Editor,

Here is a new twist to the timeshare scams. This time the timeshare folks are scamming their own employees.

When we arrived at the airport, I made a deal with a timeshare share guy. Yes, I knew what I was doing and I knew that the airport sharks get paid for every mark/ tourist who schedules with them. I wanted to help give a little shark a commission if I had to sit through a timeshare presentation.

When I got to the hotel, which in this case was Playa Grande, they asked that I change the presentation date to another day. I did. The next day I sat through my mandatory presentation and received my gifts as promised by the airport shark.

Later, I happened to run into my airport shark and he asked me why I hadn’t attended the presentation. I said that I did, just another date. I then discovered that he did not receive any credit for me because the date was changed by the hotel. By changing the date and reissuing the form, the timeshare hotel was not obligated to pay the man who originally snagged me. I heard this has been happening to the poor little airport sharks with increasing frequency.

So...the bigger timeshare sharks are feeding on the little timeshare sharks as well as the tourists. These guys have huge appetites.

Turns out there is no honor among timeshare sharks, they even eat their own.

Karen Bennett

via email