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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 del Palmar Timeshare Scams Update

What’s New – Villa del Palmar Timeshare Scams Update

The best advice on how to avoid Villa del Palmar timeshare scams.

If you are interested in getting a Villa del Palmar timeshare membership -or if you are already a timeshare owner— then you need to know about the possibility of encountering a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam. These scammers have carefully created crafty schemes to con vacationers and interested timeshare buyers, and this trend has increased over the years. Because of this increase in Villa del Palmar timeshare scams, it is becoming increasingly important to be aware of the most common types of timeshare scams. Also included in this article are solutions for how to report your Villa del Palmar timeshare scams if it happens to you.

Rule No.1 about Villa del Palmar timeshare scams

Only ever buy your Villa del Palmar timeshare from an official sales room at a Villa del Palmar resort. When you purchase from an official seller, you can be sure you will not be involved in a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam. Scams can only occur when you involve a third party. Villa del Palmar timeshare is a genuine product with very little danger of a scam.

Cancellation Scams for Villa del Palmar timeshare

People who recently became a Villa del Palmar timeshare member will most likely run into a few cancellation scammers ready to trick you. These type of scams try to convince you they are legally able (since they are supposed to be lawyers) to get you out of your timeshare contract after the cooling off period has passed. If you fall victim to this Villa del Palmar scam —which is usually offered as a free service—you will eventually find yourself being charged for extra services, and you will also find yourself with a defaulted loan on the timeshare. Please note that legal professionals who have secret knowledge on how to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare loan after the cooling off period do not exist, which means your contract will continue to be binding even after the loan defaults.

Resale Scams for Villa del Palmar

Resale scams are probably the most crafty timeshare scams out there. The manipulation starts with the company reaching out to you via written mail, email, or phone to inquire about your interest in selling your timeshare if you knew someone ready to buy. If you agree to pay the fee required to gain access to the potential buyer’s contact information, you will soon find out that your money is gone, and you won’t receive any more communication from the company. You don’t stand t lose a lot of money but it is a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam to look out for nonetheless.

Fraudulent Rental Agency

Rental scams are out there even for legitimate actions—like renting your timeshare. Companies offering to provide rental agency services for leasing your timeshare will require an upfront fee. The trick here is to do your research: Pick a company known for having a good reputation, and pick a company that accepts commission payments instead of upfront fees. Your Villa del Palmar timeshare should be easy to rent, so a commision based agency is best.

What is the next step after being victim of a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam?

Start off your resolution for handling a scam by informing the Villa del Palmar timeshare division’s Member Services. From there, you have the option of filing a complaint with the Business Fraud Division of the Federal Trade Commission (Call .). You can also file a complaint with your local attorney general. Just find your state’s attorney general contact information in your local yellow pages or on the internet. Also file your incident with ARDA by going to http://www.arda.org/advisories. Maintain duplicates of all written information dealing with the fraudulent company in case it’s needed as evidence. Any attempts by the company to contact you again should also be reported.