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Signs of a Scam

Timeshare: Recognizing the Signs of a Scam

In order to help our readers recognize the tell-tale signs that you might be walking into a timeshare scam, we have invited guest blogger Anna Cooper, from the Timeshareadvisor Blog to share some top tips about recognizing the signs of a scam. Avoid the stress and frustration of a timeshare scam and follow this advice.

Timeshare: Recognizing the Signs of a Scam

“Forewarned is forearmed!”. This old saying is still true especially when you are considering to buy a timeshare. This article aims at forewarning you so that you are more able to distinguish a genuine timeshare offer from a scam.

The following warnings should help you identify when you are heading towards a timeshare scam. Considering these key signs of a scam can help you prevent being a timeshare scam victim.

Instinct

They say “follow your instinct” when determining if a timeshare is real or not. Not everyone’s intuition might be correct, but if you get a hunch about your timeshare transaction, that could be the first sign. Then look for the rest of the signs mentioned below.

Honesty in words and actions

Rate the timeshare company’s dealings with you in terms of its honesty. Has there been instances when you have been told one thing and the reality is another? Simple actions like a promise of breakfast which turns out to be juice and coffee or spending much longer than promised at the timeshare presentation are signs that not everything is what it seems. Also, you might be promised to receive a discount, gift, or incentive but nothing was delivered or you had to pay for it. However, the most clear danger sign is if you are taken to a different resort than the one you expected to visit. This can happen when a rogue taxi driver takes you to the competition’s resort or when the agent working on the street is a fraud pretending to represent a genuine company.

Prominence

Check for the timeshare company’s internet reputation. Even if you find complaints, this information is vital. If there is no trace or any information related to the company, this is a red flag telling you about a timeshare scam you are heading into. Prefer timeshare companies whose reputation is positive and those with 10 years or more in the business. Even finding a complaint is more promising than finding nothing about the company.

Licenses and permissions

Timeshare scammers will not be able to provide you with the correct licenses. Obviously, it can be hard to tell if the license is a forgery, especially when dealing with timeshares in foreign countries. The trick is to only trust agents that greet you in airports, major shopping malls and highly touristic areas as these agents will have to have certain permits to operate in those areas.

Affiliations

A genuine timeshare company will usually be recognized by one of the major international exchange networks, such as RCI or Interval International. These networks and business
partnerships work only with legal and well-known vacation clubs and timeshare companies. A phoney timeshare will have no connections with these networks. If in doubt, check with the exchange company.

First-hand experiences

Not visiting the resort where you are supposedly purchasing a timeshare is another red flag of a scam. Many timeshare buyers base their decisions on the photographs, models, or architectural presentations given to them. These are fine when dealing with a reputable chain or you are located in a sister resort of the same resort chain. However, be very wary of buying a timeshare on a whim from photos.

Related article: The Villa Group Scams Uncovered

Villa Group Scams Uncovered

The Villa Group Scams Uncovered

Are you interested in purchasing a timeshare in Mexico, but are put off by the prospect of timeshare scams? Perhaps you are considering buying a Villa Group timeshare in Mexico and want to know the dangers involved. If so, I have some great, simple advice for you here about Villa Group Scams and how to know when you are purchasing a genuine Villa Group timeshare membership. Read on to find out about Villa Group Scams and how to avoid them.

Why are timeshare scams a danger?

Unfortunately, since the timeshare boom in the nineties, even the honest and genuine timeshare companies have been affected by the timeshare scammers. Thankfully, there is good news. It is quite rare to be scammed with a timeshare when you purchase a timeshare directly from a reputable company like the Villa Group. There is always a danger if you try to purchase a timeshare from a resale agent, or go to a timeshare solution company to “cancel” your timeshare contract but on the whole, timeshare companies are fully regulated nowadays.

The Odds of being victim to a Villa Group Scam

The odds of you being involved in Villa Group scams is very low. In fact, if you purchase your timeshare membership from the Villa Group directly, there is virtually no chance of being involved in a scam. The only real danger that you face regarding Villa Group scams is when you decide to purchase a resale, or if you meet with a timeshare agent that pretends to be selling a Villa Group product, or if you are thinking about cancelling your timeshare contract and use a company like Mexican Timeshare Solutions. In such cases, you are more likely to be involved in a scam.

The Villa Group Membership is not a scam

So, how do I know that the Villa Group is not a scam? Well, the Villa Group has been in the timeshare business for over three decades and its reputation speaks for itself, including thousands of timeshare members who use its resorts each week of the year. If you research the company, you will find very few complaints that have any legitimacy regarding Villa Group scams. In the instances, for example on TripAdvisor, that mention Villa Group scams directly, you can see that most of these complaints are related to having not read the contract carefully and being “promised” things by the seller. As with any business, the responsibility is with the consumer to check their contract. In my opinion, these complaints don’t make a Villa Group scam. They are one-off, unfortunate instances of bad salesmanship, not an organized scam.

Villa Group Resorts

The Villa Group is a genuine company that offers its timeshare members access to several resorts in Mexico in the best beach destinations. According to reviews of TripAdvisor, Villa Group show great experience and dedication in providing customers with the best vacation ownerships available. Thousands of members can’t all be wrong! Right? There seems to be many benefits of joining the Villa Group timeshare: outstanding reputation, high levels of members satisfaction and constant growth.

So, what are all the Villa Group scams about?

Remember, to avoid being scammed you should always deal directly with the Villa Group. There are plenty of scammers out there claiming they are selling Villa Group services and products, then they also try to sell you a timeshare at a different resort. Always, and I repeat always purchase your timeshare with Villa Group directly if you want to avoid a scam.

The Villa Group Resale Scams

There are two ways the resale scams work. First, if you purchase your Villa Group timeshare through any other website or on a classified ad, then you are at risk of a resale scam. You have no way to know if your timeshare is genuine when you purchase it through one of these websites. You may think your membership is for a 15 years, only to find out it only has one year left, or maybe you arrive to the resort only to find out that the membership doesn’t even exist. Suddenly, you realize you have been caught up in a Villa Group scam for resales. Just purchase your timeshare straight through the Villa Group, and you won’t be scammed.

The other kind of resale scam affects Villa Group members. There have been instances where happy Villa Group members are contacted about selling their membership by resale agents. The agent claims that there is a buyer waiting for your membership, but first you need to pay an introduction fee, or you need to have an surveyors report for your timeshare (which they will arrange for you and send you the bill!!). These are classic resale scams. Avoid them at all costs!

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Villa Group Class Action Scams

Beware Villa Group Class Action Scams

In present-day society, many people are jumping on the legal bandwagon and are willing to sue just about everyone: people, companies, and even governments. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is an increase in the companies offering to represent clients in suits against timeshare organizations like Disney and the Villa Group Timeshare. However, what they fail to let us know is that the only one who mostly benefits from this arrangement is the legal team and not us.

When a group of people get together to sue a person or a company at the same time, that legal action is called a class action suit (or representative action). Class action suits are perfect for situations in which many people share the same solid case against another person or company—as is in the case of most medical and fraud suits. As long as there is the probability of a failure to uphold an agreement (or contract), then a class action suit will prove to be beneficial to those involved.

If you are planning on filing a class action suit against a timeshare company, your first priority is to make sure you have a potential case and make sure the legal company you use is a legitimate company. Most of the class action suits filed against the Villa Group have been unsuccessful because fraudulent legal agencies are conning innocent clients into believing their legal services will help them win the case. Instead of trying to resolve the issue with the timeshare company, many people mistakenly are encouraged to participate in a class action suit.

There are some disadvantages to trying to file a class action suite against timeshare companies. For example, let’s say your case against the company is strong, but most of the other people in the group have a weak case. If this is the case, then you will lose the class action suit because your case is only as strong as your weakest claim. Another thing to remember is once you lose in a class action suit, you can not go back and file an individual suit. So consider the cost when it comes to taking on a class action suit.

One thing to keep in mind is that most failed class action suits originate from fraudulent legal representation. These companies know they will get paid even if you lose your suit. Also, be suspicious of any company trying to offer non-cash awards like coupons to exchange for other products.

It is highly recommended you get in touch with an upper level administrator if you ever have any problems with the Villa Group Timeshare. That way, you give them a chance to live up to their promise to provide high quality service—a trait they have been known for doing (which is why there are not many cases won against them in that area). So just spare yourself the headache of potentially being scammed by dealing with the Villa Group directly.