Timeshare: How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed

October 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

We are excited to share the expertise of our guest blogger, Alexander B. from the Timeshareadvocates Blog who has been writing about timeshare scams and the timeshare industry as a whole for more than four years. This week’s article is dedicated to helping you how to tell when you’re being scammed in timeshare.

How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed in Timeshare

How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed in Timeshare

Prevention is better than cure, as the adage says. In any transaction, knowing how to prevent being cheated is way better than to know how to repair what has been damaged after you become a victim. Know when to tell when a timeshare company is real or when you are being scammed. Read on …

How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed in timeshare

Considering the following signs will help you tell if you are being lured into a scam. The following are the key features to look for to distinguish a genuine timeshare from that which is most likely just a scam.

1. Truthfulness

Rate the timeshare company’s honesty when it comes to its dealing with you. When you experience some irregularities or even some “white” lies, then you know there is a question with the company’s honesty. Examples of these include being told you will spend half a day at the timeshare presentation but you spend a whole day there; being sent to a different resort than the one presented by the first agent who invited you to the presentation; being promised an incentive, discount or gift, but nothing was delivered, or you have to pay for it; being promised a nice breakfast but you were only offered a coffee or a juice. The details add up and dishonesty about the small things can be a sign of a scam.

2. Visibility on the internet

Another great way to find out if the timeshare company is a scam is to try searching for it on the net. When no information is provided – even negative ones like complaints – then that should be a warning signal. Fly-by-night timeshare companies with untraceable histories are usually scams. Timeshare and vacation club providers with solid reputations are those already in the business for more than 10 years. Attend only the presentation from these companies.

3. Connections

A good sign to look for when discerning if a company is a scam is to check which international vacation exchange networks it has affiliations with. Scam timeshare companies will have no connections with reputable international exchange networks. Only reputable and well-established vacation clubs and timeshares work with reliable networks like RCI and the Interval International. You may want to check if your timeshare company is duly recognized by one of these affiliations before making your purchase.

4. Permission

Ask to see the timeshare company’s licenses and other authorizations from local officials. Although it might be hard to accomplish when you are in a vacation, a good clue will be finding agents from the said timeshare company working in airports or in the shopping malls. You may also ask for the official ID and the permit to work on the streets from the agent. Scam timeshare companies will not be able to provide you with permits.

Can you visit the resort?

Never make any purchase when all you have are models, architectural presentations, or photographs. Only trust advertising models when the timeshare company is a well-known brand or you are staying in a current sister resort. Make sure you are given the privilege to visit the resort where you are buying a timeshare. The most common timeshare scams involve selling fake timeshares that do not exist, sometimes under the guise of pre-sale.

Follow your hunches

Not everyone’s gut feeling is right, but when there is a certain negative hunch, you usually are right. That inner warning is the first red sign to consider and should encourage you to look for other warning signs.

10 Obvious Signs it’s a Timeshare Scam

April 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Contrary to popular belief, you still can find a lot of timeshare companies that are very honest in their dealings with customers and are very affordable places to stay without sacrificing quality. A quality timeshare company will offer a great vacation membership with lots of benefits for members. But beware, even though most official timeshare companies are not scams, you can still be involved in timeshare scams through other dealings. The following list provides 10 obvious signs that you are about to be involved in a timeshare scam. Here are some things you should look for if you are planning to buy a timeshare to avoid a scam.

1. You don’t have a timeshare contract

Alarm bells should start ringing if you are not given a copy of your timeshare contract. If you have transferred money to get a timeshare but have not signed a contract, then you may be at high risk for a timeshare scam—especially if you made the payment in cash. Always insist on taking your timeshare contract with you.

2. Timeshare resale scams

You are at particular risk of a timeshare scam if you are considering purchasing a timeshare that is being resold online. Not all timeshare resales are scams but you may want to take more caution before pursuing the deal.

3. You are sold a different timeshare than the one you thought

This scam involves showing you a remarkable timeshare resort but actually selling you a timeshare somewhere else. When you see this happening, you already know it’s the sign of a timeshare scam so make sure you check that the name of the resort(s) on your contract match where you think you are buying.

4. Buying timeshares off-site

This timeshare scam is related to the aforementioned scam. Sometimes an unethical timeshare sales agent will try to keep in contact with you after you have decided that you don’t want to purchase a timeshare. Later, you are contacted by your agent with an offer that is a lot cheaper than what was offered in person and you find yourself purchasing a timeshare at a lesser resort, or worse still a bogus timeshare membership.

5. Taxis taking you to a Different Resort

If you connect with a timeshare representative of a specific hotel or resort that takes you to a different hotel or resort chain for the timeshare presentation, then you are probably in the middle of a timeshare scam. Ask to be returned to the first hotel or resort you were shown. Sometimes taxi drivers are involved in this kind of timeshare scam.

6. Paying for your timeshare gifts

If a timeshare company charges you for your timeshare gifts, even if you stay at the presentation the entire required time, then you are probably involved in a timeshare scam. Most legitimate companies will not charge you for the gifts they promised to offer if you meet the minimum requirement for receiving it (this doesn’t include paying for discounted gifts). Legitimate timeshare companies will honor their offers even if you decide not to buy a timeshare.

7. Timeshare Cancellation Companies

The biggest threat of timeshare scams these days comes from timeshare cancellation companies. When a timeshare lawyer or cancellation company offers to carry out a timeshare cancellation on your behalf after the cooling off period, you are most likely heading into a timeshare scam.

8. Exchanging your old timeshare

Beware any timeshare company that tells you they can transfer your current timeshare ownership from another timeshare company or that they will buy it from you. The only time that this might be possible is when upgrading within the same timeshare company and the honor any equity that you have. The most common timeshare scam is when clients believe that the new timeshare company is going to purchase their old timeshare or sell it for them.

9. Being charged fees for rentals and timeshare sales

It’s always a warning sign when a company says they charge upfront fees for you to have the option to rent or sell your timeshare. Research this company to see if their business track record is reputable. If not, you best bet is to try a company that charges commission fees for the rent or sale of your property.

10. Cold callers to purchase or rent your timeshare

If you ever get a call from a timeshare company trying to persuade you to sell your timeshare, most likely this is a timeshare scam in the making —especially if the call came out of the blue.

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.

Timeshare Scams and Villagroup Vacations in Riviera Nayarit

March 31, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Purchasing a Villagroup timeshare can be one of the best financial decisions you could make if you have a passion for Mexico’s beach life and top notch hotel and resort luxuries. You get the luxury of having access to places like Riviera Nayarit, which is located between Bucerias and the Puerto Vallarta’s international airport on Banderas Bay. And, most importantly, you also get access to the lovely Villa del Palmar Flamingos resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

Timeshare Scams and Villagroup Vacations

Many people are wary of timeshare scams, and Villagroup vacations are no exception. When you purchase directly from the Villagroup sales office, you are free of any danger of being involved in a timeshare scam, but you should beware of other kinds of Villagroup scams such as timeshare cancellation scams, rental scams and resale scams. See my article on how to protect yourself from a Villagroup timeshare scam .

What makes Riviera Nayarit timeshare convenient?

If you are looking for the best destination for great sunshine, exciting events and exquisite resorts and hotel sites, then Riviera Nayarit is the place to be. If you are coming from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, then you can take a taxi to reach the Villagroup’s Villa del Palmar Flamingos resort found in Riviera Nayarit Mexico. This resort is probably one of the biggest highlights in beach life for Banderas Bay.

When to use your Villagroup timeshare

There are a variety of fun events you can participate in when you have a Villagroup timeshare membership in Nayarit, Mexico. In the wintertime, you can see the whales jumping around even when you are on your suite’s balcony. You can enjoy a romantic stroll on the boardwalks and around the beach in Marina Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta Marina or the malecon from downtown Puerto Vallarta. And between the months of November and May, you can appreciate the beauty of the Bucerias and Puerta Vallarta ArtWalks and a variety of Banderas Bay farmer’s markets. If you are interested in summer fun, you can enjoys activities such as banana boat riding, snorkeling and diving, ATV driving, parasailing, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Why you can trust the Villagroup timeshare brand

Far from being a timeshare scam, the Villagroup Membership in Nayarit gives you access to one of the best family resorts in Mexico: Villa del Palmar Flamingos. TripAdvisor Villagroup reviews gives high praises to this resort for being the go-to family resort location for a variety of events. You get to experience excellent restaurants, upscale swimming pools, beach life, a top-notch gym, and a premium spa. Another benefit of your Villagroup Membership in Nayarit is the meal plan that accompanies your membership. The rooms available through your Villagroup timeshare membership in Nayarit are spectacular. You can choose from suites, deluxe rooms and penthouses, and you can switch up your selections each time you visit Nayarit.

Where else can you visit with a Villagroup timeshare?

A Villagroup timeshare membership allows you to visit other locations in Mexico such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Loreto and Puerto Vallarta.

Still worried about timeshare scams? Check out the rest of this website for timeshare advice.

Villa del Palmar Resale Scam – What to do?

July 6, 2015 at 9:10 am

Your protection as a Villa del Palmar timeshare owner is important for the good reputation of the timeshare industry at large. During recent months, the threat of Villa del Palmar resale scams have escalated and steps have thus been taken to safeguard you against such criminal activities. The authorities are working closely together with the Villa Group and Universal Vacation Club International (UVCI) to catch put a stop to these illegal resale scams. ARDA (American Resort Development Association) has also lent its hand in giving a solution to this prevalent problem concerning Villa del Palmar resale scams.

Villa del Palmar Resale Scam

What to do if you think you have been involved in a Villa del Palmar Resale Scam

You can check out this ARDA link www.arda.org/advisories and have some ideas about this menace. The Villa Group on its part will help to the fullest extent. You can get in touch directly at memberservices@resortcom.com if ever you see signs that these scammers are planning against you. However, as a responsible member, you must have the initiative to report and make any claims before we can give full assistance. It’s your duty to act and make an official statement to the authorities of the things that happened.

Here are the full details on what to do if you met with a Villa del Palmar Resale Scam

  • Get in touch with the Villa Group and report the occurrences. Contact the Villa Group Member’s Services or UVCI.
  • File a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission through its Business Fraud Division. Call this number 1-877-382-4357.
  • Find your state’s Attorney General’s Office and report what happened.
  • Keep the Villa Group’s member’s services up to date with your progress at memberservices@resortcom.com if these scammers are sending you any written materials or calling you by phone. It is advised that you send all this needed information through email to update your file. They can serve as evidences when filing a case against these scammers.

Finally, make a statement with ARDA: www.arda.org/advisories.

The Villa Group and all the agencies mentioned are working in your favor, but be sure to make all your reports available. They are vital in our fight against resale scammers.

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