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Florida Reservations Inc

Doug Kaplan purchased fax.com's number database from a former fax.com employee and is sending out their travel faxes using this database. So if you formerly got fax.com faxes and are now getting these faxes, it's not surprising.

You've been hit by Kaplan and his associates if you got a fax saying something like this:

  • 5 days and 4 nights in Orlando
  • Fun in the Sun (As Seen on TV)
  • response number: 800-617-6442; Remove number: 800-603-1712

which looks like this:

Doug Kaplan was fax.com's 2nd largest customer (Frank Frappier was the sales rep who handled Doug).

They used to be at 407-215-8565 and were located at 460 State Rd. 436, Casselberry, FL 32707. They used the company name IMC. 30-40 Telemarketers worked out of the office there but they moved out in late 2004.

Contacts:

Addresses for Florida Reservations Inc. (Florida Seller of Travel ST-32566):

  • 5703 Red Bug Lake Rd., #412 Winter Springs, FL 32708
  • PO Box 941990, Maitland, FL 32794 (most reliable)
  • 665 West Fulton Street, Sanford, FL 32771 (per secretary of state)
  • Jason Giza, Agent for Service, 1016 Providence Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765 (per secretary of state; note: that is Jason's home address as well as the address he uses for Florida Reservations Inc and OMEGA MARKETING OF ORLANDA INC)
  • 2700 Westhall Ln Suite110 Maitland Florida 32811
  • 460 State Rd. 436, Casselberry, FL 32707

Websites

Company names

  • Florida Reservations Inc.
  • IMC
  • HEM
  • Vacation Showroom
  • direct Reservations
  • vacation 123
  • WCC travel
  • Wholesale Connection Company (WCC)

It seems they have an arrangement with Nationwide Reservations (dba
Nationwide) for their vacation certificates. You can note that Nationwide is registered with the state of FL and has the same owners as Ramada Plaza Resorts.

Phone numbers

  • 800-617-6442 (response # on fax)
  • 800-634-5106 (response # on fax)
  • 877-450-1234 (response # on fax)
  • 866-240-0789 (response # on fax)
  • 800-480-4610 (fax removal number)
  • 866-856-7432 (website)
  • 407-328-6751 (per International Chamber of e-commerce)
  • 407-619-2900  (per Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce)
  • 877-450-1234 (per DNS registration)
  • 407-215-8565 (old corporate hq)
  • 321-281-5201 (current secret corporate hq number)
  • 321-281-5415 (business number)
  • 407-215-8570 (business number)
  • I have other numbers if you are in law enforcement

Hotels used in the promos are some combo of these:

  • Radisson Worldgate (per phone conversation)
  • Radisson Barcelo Hotel Orlando (per website) 407-345-0505
  • AmeriHost Inn Resort Kissimmee 407-396-7393
  • Ramada Plaza Orlando Resort East Universal Studios
  • Ramada Plaza Hotel & Resort 954-739-4000
  • Flamingo Vallarta Hotel and Marina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Surfside Resort and Suites (Daytona/Ormond)

More info:

Note that Ramada Plaza Resorts OFV/IM, LLC (the OFV stands for Orlando FortLauderdale Vacations), and also Sterling Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (www.sterling-hotels.com) apparently own/manage/whatever the Ramada, Surfside, and AmeriHost hotels. Located at 2491 E. Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Jan 6, 2005: sent to one of my fax.com decoy number
Jan 7, 2005: sent to another fax.com decoy number

headers use different fonts and slightly different header styles to try to fool you.

Fax was identical except for the control number which they changed to reflect the day the fax was sent out on. xb1323406 and xb1323407.

Header says "Travel Center"

Promotion is: Fun In the Sun: $99 per person (2 children under 18 free in the same room)

  • 5 days and 4 nights in Orlando (as seen on TV);
  • 3 days and 2 nights in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2 theme park tickets
  • 5 days and 4 nights in Mexico Beach Vacation
  • close out offer; first 100 callers only.

Response number 800-617-6442.
Opt out: 800-480-4610

I called. They said the website is www.orlandotravel987.com. This identifies them as ST 32566 which is Florida Reservations Inc.

which, according to Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce - Business Directory is: http://www.floridareservation.net 407-619-2900 floridareservationsinc@yahoo.com PO Box 941990, Maitland, FL 32794.

and phone number is 407-328-6751 according to International Chamber of e-commerce

January 12, 2005: I spoke with a sales rep who identified himself as Jeff Morgan. said total for the package was $315 for my family and they do a "check by phone" to pay for it.  Hotels are Radisson Worldgate (Radisson Barcelo Hotel Orlando), AmeriHost Inn Resort Kissimmee, and Ramada Plaza Orlando Resort East Universal Studios. Theme park tickets are for Disney Pleasure Island only. $98 activation fee. Use anytime in the next 18 months. They need 21 days advance notice. Will throw in 5 days/4 nights in P

Similar promo sent Dec 16 to 312 fax.com decoy number. Inventory blowout, Space is limited so call today. Kids stay free! Only $99 per person.

  • Invite number 1232516
  • 6 days and 5 nights in Orlando (as seen on TV);
  • 3 days and 2 nights in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2 theme park tickets
  • 5 days and 4 nights in Mexico Beach Vacation

Response number 800-634-5106 which goes into the same call center.
Removal 800-910-7578

Per Global Crossing, 800-480-4610 is owned by Creative Communications which is where Doug and crew bought the number.

More information

The following information is probably correct but I haven't verified it:

Address used for refunds is W.C.C.:

Wholesale Connection Company
PMB #205 145 S. Orlando Ave., Ste.#8
Maitland, FL 32571-5634

See Rip-off Report.com - Wholesale Connection Company

A student wrote in:

The purchase was apparently mediated through BSM Travel, which apparently serves as a hub for a bunch of these travel companies. I don't know if they're "in" on anything, but their address is:

BSM Travel 478 E Altamonte Drive Ste. 108 #121 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

The reps at BSM Travels told me that the merchant account used to purchase my travel package had since been "shut down," and that I needed to file a claim with my bank to get the money back - no skin of Mr. Kaplan's back if my bank's insurance pays for it. I've been calling BSM four of five times a day, trying to get through to supervisors who will give me information about the owners of this now allegedly defunct merchant account

Other useful information:

I haven't checked, but others say FYITech Financial and Equicredit (www.equicredit.net) are linked.

They give info as...

800-811-9227 Equicredit
800-711-7986 FyiTech
877-394-8324 FyiTech

UPS Store #3457
PMB 413
5703 Red Bug Lake Rd
???, FL ???

Jacob R. Wood
1016 Providence Lane
Oviedo, FL 32765

Jason Giza
Registered Agent for
Florida Reservations
(also at Providence Lane address)

Florida Reservations (ST-32566)

FL SoS records:
Skypass Advertising (a jacob wood company)
Florida Brokerage and Data Sys?
Elite Options (a jacob wood company)

Jacob Wood also runs Orlando Reservations Inc

Note that all 3 of these affiliated websites has the same address (at the UPS store!) and are associated with Jacob Wood. This is virtually the same address as Florida Reservations Inc as we noted above (412 vs. 413).

www.eliteoptions.net:

Administrative Contact:
      bogari, stefan  Whois Privacy and Spam Prevention by Whois Source
      Elite Options
      5703 Red Bug Lake Rd #413
      Winter Springs, Florida 32708
      United States
      4072564534      Fax --
 

 www.homeshoppingdepot.com

Registrant:
   Home Shopping Depot
   5703 Red Bug Lake Rd #413
   Winter Springs, Florida 32708
   United States

   Registered through: GoDaddy.com
   Domain Name: HOMESHOPPINGDEPOT.COM
      Created on: 15-Aug-03
      Expires on: 15-Aug-09
      Last Updated on: 28-Feb-05

   Administrative Contact:
      Everham, William  Whois Privacy and Spam Prevention by Whois Source
      Home Shopping Depot
      10151 University Blvd #261
      Orlando, Florida 32717
      United States
      4073832759      Fax --
 

www.equicredit.net

Registrant: 
   Equicredit 
   5703 Red Bug Lake Rd 413 
   Winter Springs, Florida 32708 
   United States 
 
   Registered through: GoDaddy.com 
   Domain Name: EQUICREDIT.NET 
      Created on: 12-Sep-04 
      Expires on: 12-Sep-06 
      Last Updated on: 23-Sep-04 
 
   Administrative Contact: 
      Everham, William  Email protected from Robots by Whois Source 
      Equicredit 
      5703 Red Bug Lake Rd 413 
      Winter Springs, Florida 32708 
      United States 
      4072532210      Fax -- 
 

Also, Herringwood & Company, Inc. is located at that same address too. Michael Herring is partner of Jacob Wood, hence the name of the company.

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