How To Spot a Timeshare Scam

March 6, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Would you like to know how you can spot a timeshare scam to protect yourself? Do you want to learn more about timeshares and vacation ownership opportunities, but want to take care to avoid getting scammed? Read below to learn how you can tell the difference between a reputable timeshare provider and a fraudulent scammer.

  • No Reputation?

One of the biggest signs of a probable timeshare scam is if the company does not have a reputation at all. It goes without saying that a good reputation is very important when it comes to determining a safe choice from a bad decisions. So if you come across a timeshare provider that has no reputation at all or you are approached by a vacation ownership or timeshare company that you can’t find any information on, tread very carefully. As the majority of fraudsters and scammers regularly change their name to avoid getting caught by the authorities and to confuse their next victim, make sure to do your research on a timeshare provider that you want to buy from. If you find they have no reputation at all, you should be extra suspicious as it is probable you are at risk for becoming a timeshare scam victim.

  • Are They Part Of A Timeshare Network?

Another suggestion on how to spot a timeshare scam is to ask if they are affiliated with or part of a timeshare group or network with resorts in various locations. The vast majority of reputable timeshare companies today are part of a partnership with other resorts throughout Mexico, so if you find yourself in dealing with a resort provider that has no affiliation, it is something to question. Most timeshare companies today are part of a network as individuals that invest in vacation ownership memberships today have demanded increased variety and flexibility that comes with access to additional resorts. Today, most reputable providers are part of a network so their members have the ability to visit various properties as opposed to be limited to just one location. If you come across a vacation ownership opportunity where they are not part of a network, it is a warning sign that they may be a timeshare scammer.

  • Sales Reps Cannot Produce Valid Identification

The sales representatives that promote timeshares or vacation ownership investments also give big clues about the validity of the provider. If a sales representative or promoter is unable to provide proper identification that they work for a particular resort, that is a huge red flag. All sales reps that work for genuine providers should be able to produce proper identification that associates them with the specific timeshare provider they are promoting. Another consideration is to think about where did you meet the sales representative? Scammers are usually found at random locations throughout town as they are not allowed to legally work inside the airport or shopping centers. To help protect yourself from becoming a timeshare scam victim, always ask to see ID before you agree to attending a presentation. By doing so, you can avoid wasting your time with a potential fraudster.

  • Off-Site Interaction: Red Flag!

Another common trend that timeshare scammers practice is that they take potential victims to a specific resort, but then ask them to sign paperwork off site at another location. If a sales rep piques your interest about one resort, but then takes you for a tour of another, that is something else to be aware of. Any sales rep that gives a sales presentation that covers the membership plans, amenities, facilities of one resort, but then quickly takes you to another location to talk further, be very wary. Any sales rep who conduct a timeshare presentation off site is likely a scammer so be very careful.

  • Trust Your Instincts

Lastly, another simple way to avoid becoming a timeshare scam victim is to trust your gut if you have a bad feeling about the sales rep or any of your conversations. If you just have a wary feeling or have caught the sales rep in lies, you are probably dealing with a scammer. Legitimate timeshare sales reps for genuine resort providers are honest and not allowed to misconstrue any information about vacation ownership membership. If you feel your rep is not trustworthy or if something just feels wrong, listen to your gut and trust your instincts.

Vacation ownership memberships with genuine resort providers are an excellent investment for you and your family. Just make sure you follow these tips on how to spot a timeshare scam, and you can keep yourself safe.

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Timeshare Fraud – Beware Refund and Recovery Scams

March 13, 2018 at 11:37 am

Timeshare frauds and all timeshare related fraud scams are becoming more creative. People are having a hard time believing that anyone would go to so much effort to lie so easily and convincingly. We must all agree that any time money is at stake, scammers go that extra mile to make sure that they are being portrayed with an image that is ‘foolproof’. Want to know more about how to avoid timeshare frauds and recovery scams? Here is how they do it:

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Targeted People on Sucker Lists

People that have been scammed in the past are precisely the ideal candidates the scammers target. As shocking as this may sound, refund and recovery scams target people on the ‘sucker list’. The sucker list is used in timeshare fraud as well as refund and recovery scams. The list provides the names, phone numbers, and addresses of people who are most likely to fall for a scam, because these individuals have already been scammed on promotions and contests that are ‘too good to be true’ in the past. An example includes if you have entered a raffle for a large sum of money or to win a car, then you are probably on that list. These lists are sold to scammers and timeshare fraudsters who want to target these people again, tageting them from timeshare refund and recovery scams.

Have you been scammed or been involved in a timeshare fraud?

Have you been scammed? You may not even know that you have been scammed in the past, but if you have ever entered a contest that was fake, gave money for a fake charity and cause, or invested into a company that didn’t exist, then you have most probably been scammed in some way. The reason that you may not have realized you have been scammed in the past is the money that you gave was a small sum, so when you are never contacted again, you forget about it. You may get targeted just by chance when it comes to timeshare refund and recovery scams. Perhaps, you have been on the internet searching for timeshare cancellations or looking to sell your timeshare; all you have to do is enter your information innocently, or join a forum and the scammers know that you are open and ready to be scammed; they see the angle already.

Paying Money in Advance for Timeshare Refund and Recovery Scams

Since you have already been scammed in the past, the scammers will begin calling you to promise you that they can recover any money that you may have lost or to provide the merchandise that you never got. The timeshare fraud or recovery scam comes when they ask you to pay money in advance for these type of services. Did you know that it is against the law to charge a fee in advance if you are in the United States? Any telemarketing company that does this to you is breaking the law. You cannot be asked for any advance payment for any service or merchandise upfront.

Advice for Protecting Yourself from Timeshare Refunds and Recovery Scams

The advice that we can give you today for timeshare fraud and refund and recovery scams is to simply avoid this type of service that is being offered to you, because it is more than likely a scam. In the past if you have purchased a timeshare with a top timeshare brand, then you should avoid any company that claims that they can recover any money for you or provide you with a timeshare refund. They cannot do it for you! If you feel you are entitled to a refund or cancellation, then you should contact the timeshare provider directly.

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

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