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Darien Woman Falls Victim To Time Share Fraud Scheme

A Darien woman fell victim to a time share fraud scheme, police said.
A Darien woman fell victim to a time share fraud scheme, police said. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

DARIEN, Conn. -- A Darien woman lost more than $4,000 after falling victim to a time share scheme this year, according to police.

The 65-year-old resident told police that she owned a time share property in Cancun, and that in April she was contacted by a person calling himself "Andrew Castro," who claimed to work for a company called "International Real Estate Sales" in Chicago, police said.

The woman said Castro offered her much more for the time share than the original purchase price. She then started exchanging emails with Castro, who referred her to "West United LLC," where she started corresponding with someone calling himself "Brian Montez," police said. Ultimately, she wired $4,244 after receiving an escrow agreement from Western United Services LLC, police said.

After these funds were wired, it was realized that this transaction was part of a scam, police said. The Darien Detective Division is following up. Police are reminding residents to be extremely wary of unsolicited offers to transact business over the internet, and especially in wiring money to non-vetted businesses or persons.

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