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Q: We are Canadian selling our timeshare to Mexican travel agent. Do we send initial notary costs to Profeco as advised?

We were informed from the travel agents ( in Mexico) attorney at law (Detroit, Michigan) that we are to pay for the initial notary cost and send the funds to Profeco. They say this is to be done to prove to both government agencies that this is a valid transaction. Is this the proper procedure? In Canada our lawyer has informed us that this is not the standard procedure here.

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Michael Hales

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A: Goodness no! This is a common scam to have you wire money. No such requirements exist to transfer a timeshare in Mexico. Once you send it, the money is gone and you probably won't be able to get anything back. I wrote an article about these types of scams a while back that you can access here: https://skidmorehales.com/article

I hope that helps, but let me know if you have any questions.

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