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Were you scammed by this local company asking to buy your timeshare?

One alleged victim says 'stay away.'

Atlanta-based travel company Broad Horizons Travel, Inc. now has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau.

They are accused of working in conjunction with an Oregon-based financial company called Gilliam County Title, Inc. in their effort to offer to purchase timeshares above marketplace value.

They are both accused of working outside of the law and without certifications.

According to the BBB, "although the real estate agent claims there will be no advanced fees, the escrow company then claims there are required taxes owed to be paid to the escrow company in advance. Broad Horizons Travel, Inc. operates as the real estate company and Gilliam County Title, Inc. is brought into the agreement as the escrow and title company."

Gilliam County Title, Inc. was issued a cease and desist order from the state of Oregon for not being licensed to sell insurance in the state. In that order, the state writes, "In July 2017, the division received a call from someone whose elderly parents had received sales pitches for title insurance from Gilliam County Title."

Broad Horizons Travel, Inc. has been in business for more than three decades but in 2015, their entire corporate structure was dissolved. It was allegedly reinstated in April of 2017, listing Nancy Whitehill as the principal officer. However, the BBB said they confirmed that the notary stamp on the Georgia Secretary of State filing is fraudulent.

In a comment on the BBB's website, a person named David accused both companies of misrepresenting a timeshare transaction that resulted in $17K loss of personal money. David writes, " Together they have misrepresented a timeshare transaction resulting in more than a $17k loss in personal funds, hours of long distance phone time, attorney expenses, and family upheaval."

He encouraged readers to "stay away."

If you would like to submit a complaint on this business or any others, contact the Better Business Bureau.