MIAMI, Fla. – 25 May 2011 – Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission sued an Miami-based company, All Dreams Vacations Corp. and VGC Corporation, for allegedly targeting and defrauding hundreds of Spanish-speaking consumers who “won” vacation packages that could not be redeemed as promised. This scheme is alleged to have targeted South Floridians and consumers nationally by advertising the vacation call-in contest with Spanish radio and TV advertisements; “winners” were asked to pay fees between $200 and $400 to collect the prizes. According to complaints reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office, consumers who pay these fees do not receive their promised vacation packages.
“At a time when gas prices are soaring and people are planning their summer vacations within a budget, we must protect Florida’s families from any possible deception,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Any money lost at the hand of deceptive and illegal business practices is too much, and we will work with the FTC to hold businesses accountable.”
The Attorney General’s Office and the FTC filed a joint lawsuit on Monday, May 16, in the federal court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.
The lawsuit asked the court to stop All Dreams Vacations Corp. and VGC Corporation from engaging in the alleged deceptive activities, to pay restitution to consumers, to freeze the defendants’ assets, and to appoint a receiver to manage the defendants’ business activities. On the same day the lawsuit was filed, the judge entered a temporary restraining order, which immediately shut down the companies, and appointed a temporary receiver.