Vacations to Mexico and Avoid Scams

May 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Mexico is one of the most popular and beloved vacation destinations in the world for snowbirds, holiday makers, travelers, and attracts droves of expats each year. This worldwide popularity, and the very things which make it so popular, are unfortunately one of the main reasons that scams related to Mexican vacations are so prevalent.

Here’s what you need to know about scams surrounding the tourist industry in Mexico:

Vacations to Mexico and Avoid Scams

Airport transfer scams
Airport transfer/transport scams can be sidestepped fairly easily!

If you book in advance, and it is wise to do so, print your confirmation email (or keep it on a fully charged tablet or phone) and check all details against the reservation list of anyone who approaches you. Check their ID, too, and do so before you enter their vehicle! If you don’t take these preventative measures you could end up paying a secondary fee when you arrive to your hotel and find out you have been scammed!

Rental Scams Affecting Vacations to Mexico
Rental scams work both ways; those who claim a finders fee for third party renters who do not exist, and those who fraudulently hire out accommodation which, for whatever reason, is unavailable, unsuitable or not legally theirs to rent out. If you want to avoid these scams simply use a reputable rental agency that vets their renters and consumers. Check reviews online and do your research before you hand over any money to rent out a vacation property unseen.

Timeshare scams
Timeshare scams used to be the main concern in Mexico, but these days they are a dying breed. This is due to the Mexican government cracking down on timeshare scammers and, of course, a more informed and savvy consumer base. However, there are still opportunists out there and the main scams now are cancellation scams which prey on those who already own timeshares. If you want to avoid these scammers the rule is simple; ignore any and all cancellation companies. These fraudulent cancellation companies are offering you something they cannot provide out during the legal cooling period, and if you are within the cooling period you do not require their help to cancel your timeshare. Go directly to your timeshare provider for further assistance and do not involve third parties that are likely only trying to scam you.

Credit Card Scams
Credit card scams can affect you online as well as in the “real world”.

Be wary of paying for your flights or accommodation through an insecure portal or website; this puts your personal financial details at risk! Likewise, be careful who you give your details to when paying for tours and attraction tickets. Most establishments will have wireless card terminals now. Furthermore, ensure that you always know exactly where your cards are, and make sure that they’re in a secure location!

These tips will help you enjoy your time in Mexico worry free, and not waste your energy dealing with scams and frauds that could ruin your well deserved vacation.

See more: Favorite Timeshare Destinations in Mexico

 

Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Presentations Scams

August 24, 2015 at 11:44 am

Mexico has, sadly, has received a lot of unfounded negative attention when it comes to timeshare presentation scams, and this is largely due to a spate of scams that occurred during the 80s and 90s. These scams, of course, did a lot of damage to Mexico’s reputation as a safe place to invest in timeshares. What the media, and many others, however fail to understand is that these scams resulted in a tightening of security that means that, these days, Mexico (and, in particular, Puerto Vallarta) is one of the safest places in the world when it comes to timeshare investment.

Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Presentations Scams

When people ask the question “are there timeshare scams in Puerto Vallarta” the simplest answer is “no” because timeshare companies are highly regulated in the area, including Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit on Banderas Bay. There will always be criminals and con artists on the job in all parts of the world, but you’re more thoroughly protected from these people in Puerto Vallarta than you are in many other places.

Puerto Vallarta timeshare scam review

These days a timeshare rep in Puerto Vallarta must have official permission (indicated by the identification they are issued) to approach people in the street and in public spaces to promote their companies timeshares. So if you’re approached by a promoter that you have suspicions about you can look for their ID (it should be visible) or ask to see it if it’s not clearly visible. If they cannot produce it then don’t entertain them any further; move on and report them to the authorities.

Despite the bad reputation timeshare companies in Puerto Vallarta seem to attract, the services offered can actually be a gift to tourists and help maintain the levels of visitors to a destination throughout the year rather than just during the high season. Timeshare reps in Puerto Vallarta will be very knowledgeable about the area they work in so if you’re lost, or want some advice, just ask them to help you! Furthermore most legitimate timeshare companies will offer genuine, no strings gifts to people who attend their presentations. This means for one or two hours of your time, with no purchase expected, you could get a discount on taxis, activities or attractions.

In Puerto Vallarta you’re as protected from fraudsters as it’s possible to be. So why not relax and consider a presentation – even if it’s just for the restaurant vouchers?

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