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jonchalk
My co-worker went to a seminar a few days ago and came back with a brochure for a condo project that is currently being built in Mazatlan (Mexico). The project is called Pacifika Marina Condos. They even offered a 5-day trip to their condo project that apparently is free. -sort of- According to what my co-worker told me is that you pay $3000.00 CAD which is the down payment towards the condo and if you decide not to purchase a condo, they refund your $3000 - making the trip "free".

1-has anyone heard of this project?
2-has anyone gone on one of their "free trips" to the condo project?
3-if you did take the trip, did you ever get your money back if you decided to not purchase a condo.
4-if you purchased a condo, did you get what you paid for?
5-what were your impressions of them?

My co-worker wants to go on this "trip" and is inviting me to join her. However, gut feelings is telling me this is too good to be true, but when I tell her of my feelings, she does not believe it.

I have searched the web for any "reports" about the project, but failed to find anything saying they are committing any fraudulent acts.

In this day and age of scams, I am afraid my co-worker may be defrauded if she agrees to go on this trip.

I did a Better Business Bureau search and they were not listed (good or bad).

Any suggestions on how I can determine if they are committing fraud?
deanhills
jonchalk wrote:
My co-worker went to a seminar a few days ago and came back with a brochure for a condo project that is currently being built in Mazatlan (Mexico). The project is called Pacifika Marina Condos. They even offered a 5-day trip to their condo project that apparently is free. -sort of- According to what my co-worker told me is that you pay $3000.00 CAD which is the down payment towards the condo and if you decide not to purchase a condo, they refund your $3000 - making the trip "free".

1-has anyone heard of this project?
2-has anyone gone on one of their "free trips" to the condo project?
3-if you did take the trip, did you ever get your money back if you decided to not purchase a condo.
4-if you purchased a condo, did you get what you paid for?
5-what were your impressions of them?

My co-worker wants to go on this "trip" and is inviting me to join her. However, gut feelings is telling me this is too good to be true, but when I tell her of my feelings, she does not believe it.

I have searched the web for any "reports" about the project, but failed to find anything saying they are committing any fraudulent acts.

In this day and age of scams, I am afraid my co-worker may be defrauded if she agrees to go on this trip.

I did a Better Business Bureau search and they were not listed (good or bad).

Any suggestions on how I can determine if they are committing fraud?

I would talk to your local Securities Commission. In British Columbia it is the BC Securities Commission. And ask their advice about it. Provide them with all the materials you have. They may be able to help you.
http://www.investright.org/alert.aspx?id=168
redslazers
I would trust your gut feeling and not go because it sounds fishy to me, there probable not going to let you fly back home with out purchasing the condo or something.
Dean_The_Great
That sounds terribly fishy to me. There are many time share offers that will give you a free weekend getaway, but unfortunately they involve a lot of really REALLY high pressure sales. Sure you get to go away but you'll be hounded the whole time you're there!

Now this one wants money up front? Run away from that... I wouldn't trust that as far as I can throw mexico.
redslazers
so are you going?
standready
If it sounds to good to be true, generally it is. I smell a take your money and run scam. So, as stated above check them out very carefully before giving them any personal information.
carlospro7
jonchalk wrote:
My co-worker wants to go on this "trip" and is inviting me to join her. However, gut feelings is telling me this is too good to be true, but when I tell her of my feelings, she does not believe it.


Unless you are willing to loose 3000CAD, should it be a scam, you should probably go with your gut feeling.
tony
Hrm... This does not feel realistic/ true. It seems a bit sketchy (a new word for me!!) . I would be careful...
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