The Latest about Villa del Palmar Timeshare Scams

October 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Find out here how to protect your Villa del Palmar Timeshare membership from scams.

Scams, scams and more scams: what’s the truth about Villa del Palmar timeshare scams? Those who own a timeshare at Villa del Palmar in Mexico (and those considering Villa del Palmar timeshare ownership) should be aware of how timeshare scams have developed with the purpose of stealing money from tourists and interested timeshare buyers.

You may be asking yourself, “Why is it possible for me to get caught up in a timeshare scam when I know I’m with a vacation club agency that is legit?” Well, scammers have gone out of their way to create intricate methods of scamming vacation club members, and that’s why you should be knowledgeable about the following types of scams and what to do about them if one of them should happen to you. Villa del Palmar timeshare scams are not common but like any reputable timeshare you are at risk of being targeted by scammers.

Want to sell your Villa del Palmar timeshare? Think again!

Resale Villa del Palmar timeshare scams are by far the most clever strategy around because it operates on the premise of someone being available to buy your membership from you. The company sets the trap by claiming to have a buyer interested in purchasing a Villa del Palmar timeshare in your location. Even if you are not in the least bit interested in reselling your timeshare, you may seize the opportunity to transfer the ownership to another person when they offer you such a great price. So, what happens is that Villa del Palmar timeshare owners pay the requested consultation fee to gain access to contact information about the interested buyer. The problem lies in not getting any more feedback from the company once the company has received your fee. An easy Villa del Palmar timeshare scam!

Beware cancellation scams

Those of you who are Villa del Palmar timeshare novices will sometimes fall prey to cancellation scammers. Villa del Palmar timeshare cancellation scams occur when you get involved with businesses that pose as lawyers who are able —and graciously willing— to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare loan. The problem with this is the timing of the cancellation service. These companies offer to do this cancellation service for free and then end up charging you for services anyway. On top of that, you eventually find out that your timeshare loan was not canceled, and now you are in default on the loan because of nonpayment. To prevent falling prey to these Villa del Palmar timeshare scams, just remember that once the cooling period is off, the loan agreement is still enforceable.

Want to rent your Villa del Palmar timeshare? Great but beware scam rental agencies.

If you desire to rent your timeshare for vacation slots you know you are not going to use, pay attention to rental scams. A rental scam will be orchestrated by a company posing as a rental agent who is able to rent your timeshare for an upfront fee. If you fall prey to this scam, you will have paid money for a service you will not get. Therefore, make it a point to research available rental agencies prior to paying any money. Strive to do business with reputable companies only and companies offering to receive commission payments in lieu of upfront fees.

What to do if you’ve encountered a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam

The Member Services of Villa del Palmar timeshare agency should be the first point of contact for reporting any scams you’ve experienced. Your next step is to file a report with your local state attorney general’s office (found on the internet or in your local yellow pages) and the Business Fraud Division of the Federal Trade Commission. Division by calling 1-877-382-4357. The ARDA is another agency you should report to. Just go to http://www.arda.org/advisories and follow the instructions for filing a scam report. Keep a record of all correspondence from the fraudulent company to support your case against the Villa del Palmar timeshare scam.

Best Advice for Vacation Rentals

February 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

When thinking about a vacation to come and imagining the place in which we will stay, it is only natural to hope for a place that is close to all the big attractions, spacious, has great views and equally wonderful facilities. We all want our vacation rentals to be in the very best locations, but above and beyond all that we expect to get the room, location and level of service that we paid for.

This is something that we can often take for granted, but things can go wrong and, in truth, do so more often than anyone would like. This is why we’ve compiled a list of hints and tips to help you avoid any issues with your vacation rental this year.

Best Advice for Vacation Rentals

Check out the Vacation Rental beforehand

This is, of course, not always possible for you, especially if the location is new to you or is too far away to make a quick trip to, but if it is a possibility we would highly recommend doing so, especially if you’re already in the area and would like to return to the area next year. Being able to actually walk through a potential vacation rental is a huge bonus. If you can’t, however, we would recommend getting the rental agent to walk through the property and send you photos.

Nowadays, you could also ask for a video or a Skype call.

Viewing a possible rental yourself, or through an agent, makes it possible for you to ascertain whether or not there is false advertisement at play. On a website, for example, a third bedroom could mean a large closet and being a stone’s throw from the beach might mean ‘within view, but a ten minute walk away from the water’.

Curated Properties and Vacation Rentals

If checking out the property yourself is not possible you should book through an agency that has a list of curated vacation rentals; this means that the properties will have been checked and vetted by the agencies staff many times before. These agencies will generally have a smaller array of rentals and be a little more expensive, but they are also of higher quality and are generally kept in better condition. You also have the added bonus of having a professional contact while you are staying in the property, should anything go wrong.

Checklist of Damages

When you arrive at your vacation rental it is recommended that you and your companions witness the agent making a note of any previous damages. You should also get a copy of the damages and ensure that you and the agent sign both copies to note that both parties are aware of existing damages. This means that you definitely won’t be charged for things you didn’t break, and you’ll get your full deposit back (so long as you didn’t break anything).

Use a credit card

You should definitely pay for your vacation rentals with a credit card and not cash or transfers; this will ensure that there is a paper trail should anything go wrong. If there’s a mix up when it comes to dates, cancellations or the length of time paid for you’ll have evidence of what you paid for. A credit card is usually only necessary for the reservation and deposit before you arrive and you can pay the remainder by cash upon arrival.

Should I beware Villa Group Scams?

February 23, 2015 at 10:32 am

Should I beware Villa Group scams? is a question that I encounter very commonly, and the answer has two sides. Sadly the prevalence of timeshare scams in the 90’s has left a huge level of mistrust when it comes to timeshare providers, despite the fact that the majority of providers these days are entirely genuine. This includes the Villa Group Timeshare.

The first thing to mention is that you are very unlikey to be involved in Villa Group scams, primarily because the Villa Group are a legitimate timeshare provider with over thirty years of experience, and a sparkling reputation to back them up. Villa Group Timeshare own and operate many brands and resorts all across Mexico, but, arguably, their most famous brand is the Villa del Palmar brand.

Villa Group Scams Uncovered

If you are buying directly from the Villa Group Timeshare, or one of its brands, you never have to worry about fraudulent activity; the Villa Group Timeshare are one of the most trusted brands in Mexico. There are some scams, however, that have been known to use the Villa Group’s reputation for fair play and reliability to cover up their own dishonesty. Such scammers might try to convince you that they represent the Villa Group when they do not. To avoid these people, follow some simple rules;

  • Only ever buy directly from the Villa Group Timeshare salesroom, and only ever from legitimate sales reps.
  • Never sign a Villa Group contract off-site, or process a payment away from the salesroom.
  • If a person tries to get you to do either of these things, or does not even offer you a tour of the resort then report the incident to the resort sales staff immediately!

Some Villa Group scams target existing members by pretending to be timeshare resale lawyers who have a buyer, keen to purchase the timeshare. They usually try to hook people with the promise of profit before charging a huge “processing fee”. Alternatively they might claim to be able to waive your timeshare maintenance fees, or cancel your timeshare altogether (without a fine). Once again these kinds of scams will ask for a large sum of money in return for their bogus services.

It should be noted, however, that such scams are NOT affiliated with the Villa Group Timeshare and work independently. If you buy your timeshare directly from the Villa Group, there is no risk to your investment at all!

Read more about: The Villa Group Timeshare Scam Truth

When to Sell Your Timeshare?

February 18, 2015 at 9:23 am
When to Sell Your Timeshare

Many a person has begged this question; when is the right time to sell your timeshare? Well, that depends, really. If you always aimed to make a profit then you should sell when the market is best, and if you really want to be rid of it, or really really need the money, then you should sell when you need to. However, if you would rather keep your timeshare, and simply have some issues with it, then this can be solved!

When to Sell your Timeshare

The best advice when posed with this question of when to sell your timeshare is not to sell. There really is no great profit in selling your timeshare, especially as the main investment when it comes to timeshare is the experiences that you have and the vacation memories that you collect. To sell your timeshare is to give up on these privileges. Below you will find some reasons why you might be thinking about selling your timeshare and the solutions to these issues without having to sell your timeshare.

I want to see new places!

When you purchase a timeshare membership, many doors open to you – this also includes doors to other places! If you really just want to see other parts of the world for a while, you can add your timeshare week(s) to a vacation club such as Interval International. Interval International is an exchange network that invites timeshare owners to to trade their timeshares for accommodation all across the world!

I inherited this timeshare

Before you sell you might as well try your timeshare at least once; if nothing else it gives you the opportunity to see new places and experience new things! If you don’t like what’s on offer you could always rent it to friends and family; most people find that keeping an inherited timeshare makes good financial sense. Especially considering that you didn’t need to pay the initial fee.

My partner and I are getting divorced

Divorces are difficult emotionally, financially, and socially; it could be that your timeshare holds a lot of sentimental memories that you would rather forget. In these cases it could be that selling up is the best choice for you, however it could be more financially sensible to rent the timeshare and share the profits between you and your ex-spouse.

My financial situation is difficult

It could be that you find yourself in a position where yearly vacations are not an option, or even where paying your maintenance fees is a difficulty. The decision to sell your timeshare is not the only option available to you; you can rent it out, lend it to friends or family who cover the maintenance fees, or (if you can keep up with your fees) save the points until a vacation is financially viable for you. These options ensure that, when you get back on your feet, you still have all the benefits that come with your investment.

Villa del Palmar Resale Scam – What to do?

October 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

When faced with a Villa del Palmar resale scam there are a few things you should do, the first of these is to report the incident directly to either Villagroup or the Universal Vacation Club International (UVCI) directly. Villagroup and UVCI are working with various local and federal law enforcements, along with ARDA, in order to wipe out Villa del Palmar resale scams entirely! You can help to achieve this by following these simple steps:

Keep All Correspondence

Keep all correspondence that you receive as part of the Villa del Palmar resale scam and give copies to Villagroup, UVCI and relevant authorities as and when appropriate. If you receive further correspondence after you report the initial incident, then you should also keep and forward these documents.

Makes a Complaint

Make a complaint about the Villa del Palmar resale scam to the Federal Trade Commission by contacting the Business Fraud Division on 1-877-382-4357.

Complain to ARDA (the American Resort Development Association) by going to http://www.arda.org/advisories.

Report Villa del Palmar Resale Scam to Attorney General

Report the Villa del Palmar resale scam to your local Attorney Generals Office; you should be able to find the contact information through the internet or your local yellow pages.

Report Villa del Palmar Resale Scam to Villagroup and/or UVCI

Report the incident to Villagroup or UVCI so that they can start a file on the individual(s) and the scam.

Unfortunately it is becoming more necessary for Villa del Palmar members to be aware of what to do when faced with such scams as they are increasingly the chosen targets due to the popularity of the world class timeshare membership. However it’s important to keep in mind that there are resources and organisations available which can help in the event of a Villa del Palmar resale scam. ARDA has a number of articles in their online library which can provide information and advice. This list of resources can be found at: www.arda.org/advisories.

While neither Villagroup or UVCI can file a claim on your behalf, claims must be made by the victim, they can help you along the way and offer advice when you require it.

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