The leader of a timeshare scam was sentenced to prison Wednesday, Feb. 27

Timeshare Scammer & Associates Caught!

Fine! But you tell me whether you think the scammed timeshare owners will ever see a dime.  Right!  

Daniel Martin Boyar, or “Wolf”, of Orlando, Florida, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison as the leader of a timeshare resale fraud scam that caused over $3 million in losses.

A Hard To Believe Timeshare Scam – Again (3-13-19)

Reading Timeshare Scam Articles Like This Makes A Person Sick! 

Is our government to big to protect the consumer against fraud?

 

We have been reporting on timeshare going on 20 years or more and we still see these scam articles coming across our desk. It really makes a person mad that there are people managing to still scam timeshare owners out of hard earned money.

Read this story here:

News video here: 

*Read this Diamond Resort Scam To A 90 yr. Old Couple! Disgusting!

*Arizona Attorney General Warns of Spike in Timeshare Scams – (3-2-19)

 

Timeshares & Vacation Clubs | Understanding the Differences

Timeshares & Vacation Clubs | Understanding the Differences

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re covering a controversial subject. We’re discussing the difference between timeshare resorts, vacation clubs, and hotels. (light chiming music) I want to start out with a personal story.

We recently took a trip to Mexico after receiving a free four-night stay from a family member. It was part of a raffle prize, and once we redeemed it, we were able to choose our location and hotel from most of the major tourist destinations in Mexico.

We opted for the Mayan Palace, just north of Playa del Carmen. Given that the stay was won during a raffle, I was feeling a bit cautious about it. I’ve been suckered in the past into attending timeshare presentations, and definitely wanted to avoid spending our vacation time being pushed to buy a property or join a vacation club.

I looked on TripAdvisor and saw several posts of travelers who complained about being bullied into sales presentations. We decided to lower our expectations, especially since it was a free trip, but we were going to stay firm and avoid any sales presentations. Everything seemed great when we arrived. The resort offered transportation from the airport, and when we got to the resort, we noticed that it was one of many properties owned by a company called Vidanta.

The service was impeccable during check-in, but as soon as we received our keys, we were immediately asked to meet with a manager. The manager explained the key attractions and benefits at the resort, then asked if he could invite us to a free breakfast. Red flags and immediately went up, and we politely declined over and over. The manager kept insisting that we attend and wanted to show us all the benefits of becoming a member of a luxury vacation club. We still said no. The manager also asked about booking excursions, and when we told him that we had already booked our own tours online, he seemed pretty annoyed.

Fast-forward to the evening and we noticed that the room was really noisy. The walls seemed thin, and we had a connecting door that didn’t help. We basically could hear our neighbors’ conversation and the music that they were playing on their phone. Since we had an early morning tour, we decided to ask the front desk if we could get a different room, preferably one without a connecting room or at least a connecting room that didn’t have occupancy. We were really surprised at what happened next. The front desk was unwilling to help us. We went back and forth with the manager for about an hour, and at one point, they agreed to put us in another room.

We were asked to pack up our stuff and return to the front desk, where we stayed there for about an hour, and then we were told that the room was not available and that we would have to stick to our original room. We decided to leave the resort the next day and forfeit our free stay. Using my Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I transferred 60,000 points to Hyatt and booked a stay at the Andaz Mayakoba down the road. The hotel was incredible and a complete contrast to our experience at the Mayan Palace. We’ll do a separate video on the hotel soon.

So, with that story in mind, I wanted to share the difference between a hotel versus a timeshare or vacation club for those of you who don’t know the difference. Timeshares are agreements where several joint owners have the right to use a property as a vacation home, usually for a specific period of time. The key word here is “owner”, as you’re actually purchasing the right to the property even if it’s only for a week or two in a year. Timeshare owners typically enter a real-estate deed for specific dates at a specific property. It’s like owning two weeks of a furnished condo in Hawaii. You’ll have to pay some maintenance fees for the property, but it should be less than owning a second home or property. With timeshares, you can usually participate in networks where you can trade stays with other timeshare owners, allowing you to travel to other properties in the world.

From what I hear though, this can be a bit tricky, especially around popular travel times and locations. Vacation clubs are slightly different. It’s basically a membership that gives you the right to access properties under an umbrella of resorts. The key term here is “right to access.” Rather than buying into a property, you’re paying a membership fee to use the resort. You’ll get more flexibility on the location and time that you want to use it, but you’ll sacrifice the equity that you would earn if you purchased a timeshare. In summary, the pros for timeshares are owned and built equity, consistency in the timing, and also the flexibility to exchange your timeshare with another owner.

The cons for timeshares include limited flexibility on the timing of your vacation, the annual maintenance fees, and also less services than you would find with a regular hotel or resort. For vacation clubs, the pros are more diversity of destinations and resort types. You have a little more flexibility with the timing of your vacation, and you get more hotel and resort services. The cons for vacation clubs are they’re typically more expensive than timeshares, both upfront and annually. You’re also limited to the availability. It may be difficult to book during certain high peak seasons. You have no equity or ownership, and you don’t have the ability to exchange outside of the vacation club network. If you do decide to purchase or join one of these resorts, here are some things to consider. Number one: Higher resort costs and prices. My experience at vacation clubs is that the prices at the resorts are generally higher for the value that you receive. While I expect prices for meals to be more expensive at a resort or hotel, I generally don’t mind if I feel like that quality is also high.

Unfortunately, we found the prices for meals, drinks, and groceries outweigh the quality and customer service. Since it’s sometimes difficult to leave the resort too, you can become quite reliant on what’s available and being charged. Number two: Prices may not be competitive. There are a ton of stories online of folks who research to stay at the exact same location and timeframe and found it to be the same cost or cheaper than their timeshare or vacation club rate. Also, with services like Airbnb, you now have more options when booking a vacation stay, so keep that in mind when considering the fees associated with a vacation club or timeshare. Number three: Limited flexibility. This primarily applies to vacation clubs. I found that these resorts typically want to control the customer experience, and when you deviate from it, you tend to find problems or a lack of support.

Our story from earlier is a perfect example. Everything seemed great until we deviated from the structure. We refused to attend the sales presentation and booked our own independent tours. When we wanted to leave, we were forced to have our luggage transported back to the resort’s main lobby rather just having a taxi pick us up and our luggage from the specific resort. When I spoke to the manager, he was unwilling to make an exception even though certain guests were allowed to have a direct pickup from the resort. This added another 45 minutes to our checkout experience, and we felt uncomfortable giving up our luggage since we already were in conflict with the resort. Number four: High-pressure sales. I can speak from personal experience that the sales tactics used by timeshare networks and vacation clubs are extremely aggressive. They usually try to lure you in with gifts or free services like meals, tours, and event tickets. Then you’re stuck in a long presentation where the price keeps dropping and the pressure to sell increases. I know it’s the nature of the industry to sell, but I personally can’t stand spending my vacation time being pressured and bullied into a deal.

Number five: Difficulty getting out. One tactic that’s often used by timeshares and sometimes by vacation clubs is the idea that you can commit now, and if you change your mind, you can just call and cancel within a certain period of time. These sorts of clauses are called a “cooling-off period.” This is often mixed in with justifications like “why not lock in the price now. There’s no penalty if you change your mind.” The trick is is that they make it very difficult to cancel.

You’ll often have to call different offices and send in all sorts of official paperwork. Some vacation clubs don’t even allow cancellations, so make sure to check the agreement if you’re considering entering a deal. Number six: Payment disputes. This goes for any hotel or resort stay, not just vacation clubs and timeshares. If you encounter a payment dispute with the hotel, I would suggest refusing to sign the credit card receipt or invoice. While the hotel and resort can still charge you the fee, you basically forfeit the right to a dispute by signing the invoice since you’re agreeing to the charges. We made this mistake at the Mayan Palace and were stuck with four nights of resort fees when we only stayed there one night. They refused to waive the fees and told us to contact SFX, which is a company that booked our stay. When I called them afterwards, they said that we were misled since they don’t deal with or receive any of the resort fees.

Since I had signed the credit card invoice, I basically waived my right to a charge back. So definitely don’t make the same mistake as us! And those are our tips and considerations. I will add a caveat that this is just my personal opinion. I have friends who love their timeshare and really find value in it. I guess I just really value having more flexibility in my travels. And with points and miles and Airbnb, I feel like I’m able to travel and afford things that would normally be out of my reach. One other thing that’s really important to me is customer service and intention. I don’t expect things to be perfect, but I expect there to be an intention to resolve issues. My experience at the Mayan Palace versus the Andaz Mayakoba was like night and day. While we felt trapped unsupported at the Mayan Palace, our experience at the Andaz made us appreciate the importance of customer service and our desire to feel like valued guests when visiting a hotel. What are your thoughts on timeshares and vacation clubs? Have you had good or bad experiences with them? If so, please share your experience in the comment section below.

If you enjoyed this video or found it useful, please hit the “like” button. For those of you who may be new to this channel, please consider subscribing. It’s free and you’ll get notifications on our updates. Until next time, travel safe and travel smart. .

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191 actions to stop fraudulent operations hawking timeshare property resale services and travel prizes.

What Does Our Government Do About Timeshare Fraud & Scams?

Our government is so large you wonder whether or not they actually do anything. Who do you contact? What offices do you contact? Will they actually do anything? Will they follow-up on a complaint? Will they keep you in the loop about all correspondence? Will they tell you that follow-up information is confidential? Will you hit the stone wall of never hearing from them again? Click on the link below about Federal and State actions taken over the years against shady timeshare operators.

Is our government to big to protect the consumer against fraud?

191 Actions Brought By FTC and Its Law Enforcement Partners

Making the most of our family holidays with Karma Group | Andrew Stuart

We signed up five years ago in at Jimbaran and we when we first bought in the membership, we thought we might have been sort of bit too expensive but we’ve certainly got our value for money since we join their membership.

We join because we like the family holidays and we like traveling internationally and we just like to experience difference cultures, that’s the main reason. When we first join in we though was going to be like a pyramid timeshare group, but we found over the years just purely for holidays for our family.

We have three young boys and we utilize the facilities all the time, the staff was always being super helpful with us and we actually enjoy been members. We join because we were approach by one of The Karma members at the time when we were holiday in here for our ten wedding anniversary, so we took the opportunity to going have a chat and find out more about it, so we were really interesting what they had to offer and we kind of like the package for us, it’s suited us really well. The variation in the difference resorts we can stay at different country its valid in Australia for us which we used a lot as well.

We’ve been to Rottnest and that was amazing as well and having intensive time in Pert, its good to take my family back to Rottnest with the family, that was really good and beautiful place to visit. Thank you very much to Karma Group, thank you so much we had a fantastic holiday. We love it. Thank you.

We do appreciate everything that Karma Group has done for us so far and we more than happy been members at the moment. It’s excellent, been really good. Bye..

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Minnesota – Best Place To Buy Timeshare Resales

Wow! More Timeshare Scams To Write About


Looks Like 2018 Is Starting Off The New Year With Scams!

 

Holiday Home Horror – Time To Tell Your Story – Click Here

 

Holidays Will Never Be The Same Again! – Click Here

 

 

Pensioners Lost Thousand In Timeshare Scam – Click Here

 

Timeshare Owners Seeking To Sell Their Property Easily – Scammed – Click Here

 

Atlanta Based Company With BBB Rating of “F” Scamming Timeshare Owners – Click Here

 

Good Resort But Stay Away From The Timeshare Presentation – Click Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man who promised to recover timeshare membership money jailed for cheating

Nov. 15, 2017

Man who promised to recover timeshare membership money jailed for cheating

Justice in Singapore

SINGAPORE – A second person involved in multiple cheating scams by duping individuals into believing that they could recover money from terminating their timeshare membership was jailed for three years and seven months on Tuesday (Nov 14).

Timeshare scams even in China and Singapore…. 

What’s Wrong With This Picture? You’ve Got To Do Your Research Folks!

Nov. 4, 2017

October 31, 2017

A widow of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is among a group of consumers who tell Better Business Bureau (BBB) they lost thousands of dollars to Springfield, Mo.-based Martin Management Group after entering into agreements to have the company liquidate timeshare property.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

The Springfield, MO BBB has this information about Martin Management Group and the company has Facebook information about their company.

Nice pictures on the Internet can make it look like a great company. But factual information from the BBB tells a different story.

 

Timeshares & Vacation Clubs | Understanding the Differences & Our Personal Experience

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute.

In this video, we’re covering a controversial subject. We’re discussing the difference between timeshare resorts, vacation clubs, and hotels. (light chiming music)

I want to start out with a personal story. We recently took a trip to Mexico after receiving a free four night stay from a family member. It was part of a raffle prize, and once we redeemed it, we were able to choose our location and hotel from most of the major tourist destinations in Mexico.

We opted for the Mayan Palace, just north of Playa del Carmen. Given that the stay was won during a raffle, I was feeling a bit cautious about it. I’ve been suckered in the past into attending timeshare presentations, and definitely wanted to avoid spending our vacation time being pushed to buy a property or join a vacation club.

I looked on TripAdvisor and saw several posts of travelers who complained about being bullied into sales presentations. We decided to lower our expectations, especially since it was a free trip, but we were going to stay firm and avoid any sales presentations. Everything seemed great when we arrived.

The resort offered transportation from the airport, and when we got to the resort, we noticed that it was one of many properties owned by a company called Vidanta. The service was impeccable during check-in, but as soon as we received our keys, we were immediately asked to meet with a manager. The manager explained the key attractions and benefits at the resort, then asked if he could invite us to a free breakfast. Red flags and immediately went up, and we politely declined over and over. The manager kept insisting that we attend and wanted to show us all the benefits of becoming a member of a luxury vacation club. We still said no. The manager also asked about booking excursions, and when we told him that we had already booked our own tours online, he seemed pretty annoyed. Fast-forward to the evening and we noticed that the room was really noisy. The walls seemed thin, and we had a connecting door that didn’t help. We basically could hear our neighbors’ conversation and the music that they were playing on their phone.

Since we had an early morning tour, we decided to ask the front desk if we could get a different room, preferably one without a connecting room or at least a connecting room that didn’t have occupancy. We were really surprised at what happened next. The front desk was unwilling to help us. We went back and forth with the manager for about an hour, and at one point, they agreed to put us in another room. We were asked to pack up our stuff and return to the front desk, where we stayed there for about an hour, and then we were told that the room was not available and that we would have to stick to our original room.

We decided to leave the resort the next day and forfeit our free stay. Using my Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I transferred 60,000 points to Hyatt and booked a stay at the Andaz Mayakoba down the road. The hotel was incredible and a complete contrast to our experience at the Mayan Palace. We’ll do a separate video on the hotel soon. So, with that story in mind, I wanted to share the difference between a hotel versus a timeshare or vacation club for those of you who don’t know the difference. Timeshares are agreements where several joint owners have the right to use a property as a vacation home, usually for a specific period of time. The key word here is “owner”, as you’re actually purchasing the right to the property even if it’s only for a week or two in a year.

Timeshare owners typically enter a real-estate deed for specific dates at a specific property. It’s like owning two weeks of a furnished condo in Hawaii. You’ll have to pay some maintenance fees for the property, but it should be less than owning a second home or property. With timeshares, you can usually participate in networks where you can trade stays with other timeshare owners, allowing you to travel to other properties in the world. From what I hear though, this can be a bit tricky, especially around popular travel times and locations. Vacation clubs are slightly different. It’s basically a membership that gives you the right to access properties under an umbrella of resorts. The key term here is “right to access.” Rather than buying into a property, you’re paying a membership fee to use the resort. You’ll get more flexibility on the location and time that you want to use it, but you’ll sacrifice the equity that you would earn if you purchased a timeshare.

In summary, the pros for timeshares are ownership and built equity, consistency in the timing, and also the flexibility to exchange your timeshare with another owner.

The cons for timeshares include limited flexibility on the timing of your vacation, the annual maintenance fees, and also less services than you would find with a regular hotel or resort.

For vacation clubs, the pros are more diversity of destinations and resort types. You have a little more flexibility with the timing of your vacation, and you get more hotel and resort services.

The cons for vacation clubs are they’re typically more expensive than timeshares, both upfront and annually.

You’re also limited to the availability. It may be difficult to book during certain high peak seasons. You have no equity or ownership, and you don’t have the ability to exchange outside of the vacation club network. If you do decide to purchase or join one of these resorts, here are some things to consider. Number one:

Higher resort costs and prices. My experience at vacation clubs is that the prices at the resorts are generally higher for the value that you receive. While I expect prices for meals to be more expensive at a resort or hotel, I generally don’t mind if I feel like that quality is also high. Unfortunately, we found the prices for meals, drinks, and groceries outweigh the quality and customer service. Since it’s sometimes difficult to leave the resort too, you can become quite reliant on what’s available and being charged.

Number 2:

may not be competitive. There are a ton of stories online of folks who research to stay at the exact same location and timeframe and found it to be the same cost or cheaper than their timeshare or vacation club rate. Also, with services like Airbnb, you now have more options when booking a vacation stay, so keep that in mind when considering the fees associated with a vacation club or timeshare.

Number three:

Limited flexibility. This primarily applies to vacation clubs. I found that these resorts typically want to control the customer experience, and when you deviate from it, you tend to find problems or a lack of support.

Our story from earlier is a perfect example. Everything seemed great until we deviated from the structure.

We refused to attend the sales presentation and booked our own independent tours. When we wanted to leave, we were forced to have our luggage transported back to the resort’s main lobby rather just having a taxi pick us up and our luggage from the specific resort. When I spoke to the manager, he was unwilling to make an exception even though certain guests were allowed to have a direct pickup from the resort. This added another 45 minutes to our checkout experience, and we felt uncomfortable giving up our luggage since we already were in conflict with the resort.

Number four: High-pressure sales. I can speak from personal experience that the sales tactics used by timeshare networks and vacation clubs are extremely aggressive.

They usually try to lure you in with gifts or free services like meals, tours, and event tickets. Then you’re stuck in a long presentation where the price keeps dropping and the pressure to sell increases. I know it’s the nature of the industry to sell, but I personally can’t stand spending my vacation time being pressured and bullied into a deal.

Number five: Difficulty getting out. One tactic that’s often used by timeshares and sometimes by vacation clubs is the idea that you can commit now, and if you change your mind, you can just call and cancel within a certain period of time. These sorts of clauses are called a “cooling-off period.” This is often mixed in with justifications like “why not lock in the price now. There’s no penalty if you change your mind.” The trick is is that they make it very difficult to cancel. You’ll often have to call different offices and send in all sorts of official paperwork. Some vacation clubs don’t even allow cancellations, so make sure to check the agreement if you’re considering entering a deal.

Number six: Payment disputes.

This goes for any hotel or resort stay, not just vacation clubs and timeshares. If you encounter a payment dispute with the hotel, I would suggest refusing to sign the credit card receipt or invoice. While the hotel and resort can still charge you the fee, you basically forfeit the right to a dispute by signing the invoice since you’re agreeing to the charges. We made this mistake at the Mayan Palace and were stuck with four nights of resort fees when we only stayed there one night. They refused to waive the fees and told us to contact SFX, which is a company that booked our stay. When I called them afterwards, they said that we were misled since they don’t deal with or receive any of the resort fees. Since I had signed the credit card invoice, I basically waived my right to a charge back. So definitely don’t make the same mistake as us! And those are our tips and considerations. I will add a caveat that this is just my personal opinion.

I have friends who love their timeshare and really find value in it. I guess I just really value having more flexibility in my travels. And with points and miles and Airbnb, I feel like I’m able to travel and afford things that would normally be out of my reach. One other thing that’s really important to me is customer service and intention. I don’t expect things to be perfect, but I expect there to be an intention to resolve issues. My experience at the Mayan Palace versus the Andaz Mayakoba was like night and day. While we felt trapped unsupported at the Mayan Palace, our experience at the Andaz made us appreciate the importance of customer service and our desire to feel like valued guests when visiting a hotel. What are your thoughts on timeshares and vacation clubs? Have you had good or bad experiences with them? If so, please share your experience in the comment section below. If you enjoyed this video or found it useful, please hit the “like” button.

For those of you who may be new to this channel, please consider subscribing. It’s free and you’ll get notifications on our updates. Until next time, travel safe and travel smart..

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Points vs Deeded Timeshare Property

Trying to unload your timeshare? The Troubleshooter says watch out…

June 13, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) 

Another customer talking to a TV Station in about a timeshare offer “to good to be true”. They did not get caught in the scam and the TV station helped the by investigating further. Click here for the story.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Warns Of Timeshare Scams In Mexico

June 9, 2017

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Warns Of Timeshare Scams In Mexico. It seems a lot of Canadians over the years have invested in timeshare properties in Mexico. A new scheme is being used in Mexico whereby Canadian autos are stolen and someone calls to say they can “assist them”  in recovery of their vehicles and it turns into a timeshare scams from there. What won’t they think of next?

Click here to read this RCMP newspaper report for further information

IRS Revolks Exempt Status – Timeshare Charities

Why Knowledge Will Save You From Timeshare Scams

June 9, 2017

Group of British expats cuffed over alleged timeshare fraud operation

We don’t understand why people who are intelligent enough to buy timeshare and take many years of timeshare vacations using the product they purchased still get scammed when doing a bit of research can prevent getting scammed. Think about it. Research is the key. Computers have been around a few years now but people still get scammed in the timeshare industry.  Check out this article about a Spanish timeshare scam group.

We didn’t even know the name of the country where this group was working. Click here.

 

Timeshare Owner Drives To The Phony Timeshare Scammers Office And Finds….

June 4, 2017

Timeshare Owner Drives To The Phony Timeshare Scammers Office And Finds…. that he had been scammed after sending them $1,000 to get the paper work started. The initial contact came through the mail. The phony scammers followed up by requesting more funds. He realized he could just drive to the address listed and here’s what he found Click here for a TV interview of what he found.  We have lots of information on just about anything here on our website. Be careful out there. Fancy websites can also be a scam. 

 

Latest News About Mexico Timeshare FRAUD – How To Spot A Scam News Article!

Strangers calling about your timeshare. How do you handle it?

How Do You Handle A Timeshare Scam? Click Here

Is Anybody Doing Anything About Fraud – Click Here

The Mexico Resale/Bank Wire Scam

Click Here For Travel Options Of All Types

 

How To Sell A Timeshare – Choosing a reputable company

With more than just a few websites on the internet trying to attract timeshare owners looking to sell, selecting which company to register your timeshare with can be confusing

 We appreciate that you want to shop around and perhaps select more than one company to help sell your timeshare.

To help you steer clear of  these merchants, we’ve put together some thoughts that you may want to ask yourself on how other people do business.

1. How does the company attract purchasers?

There are quite a few websites with the words “Sell” and “Timeshare” in the website, and as such  seem only wanting to target sellers.

 But, how are they targeting purchasers?

Ask yourself this, if a company only seems focused on attracting those selling timeshare, how are they starting to attract a buyer for your week or timeshare levels?

We can only recommend what we have done.  We wanted guaranteed vacations at great resorts only here in the U.S.  We only dealt with the resort associations with no salesman involved.

This method does not apply to resorts such as Marriott, Hilton or any franchise type of resort that sold points. We were interested in specific deeded weeks and units.

If you live in the United States or in the midwest area of the United States we can suggest a couple of excellent options to buy reliable timeshare units or properties and they are located at the top of this website. We own at each resort listed and have never regretted our purchase in 15 years of usage.

If you live in Europe, Spain, Italy, Britain, Scotland and other Europe countries listen to the advice of the company in the video and you decide.

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Former Illinois resident sentenced in timeshare fraud scheme …

Former Illinois resident sentenced in timeshare fraud scheme …
http://www.bnd.com/news/state/illinois/article58102628.html
10 hours ago A former Illinois resident has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his lead
role in swindling $4.8 million out of hundreds of people by falsely …

Former Aurora Resident Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for $4.8 …
http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/pr/former-aurora-resident-sentenced-20-years-prison-48-million-international-timeshare
22 hours ago CHICAGO — An Aurora native who operated several fraudulent Mexican real …
20 years in prison for his role in a $4.8 million swindle of timeshare owners.
GILBERT BRETT FREEMAN, 44, led a scheme to defraud more than … United
States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, …

Timeshare scams – Warning Signs You Need to Know…

As timeshares have grown more popular throughout the
years,
more and more opportunistic scammers have
rooted in this industry, using the hype to their own
advantage. They have made up some elaborate schemes
with increasing improvement to reel in the innocent
and rob a good part of their cash. And demographics do
show that there are high increases in
timeshare-related crimes.

Variations

With this said, you have to be highly aware of the
timeshare scams that may be pitching their way to your
bank account. Most of these are borne out of
telemarketing and the internet with a database that
lists down former and current timeshare owners. And
they give out irresistible Continue reading “Timeshare scams – Warning Signs You Need to Know…”

FBI — Williamsburg Man Pleads Guilty to Timeshare Fraud

Always someone who cannot do the right thing. You wonder where all the money went, don’t you?

FBI — Williamsburg Man Pleads Guilty to Timeshare Fraud
http://www.fbi.gov/norfolk/press-releases/2015/williamsburg-man-pleads-guilty-to-timeshare-fraud
Mar 17, 2015 Williamsburg Man Pleads Guilty to Timeshare Fraud Fraud Resulted in More
Than $800,000 in Unpaid Fees to Select Resorts …

Williamsburg man pleads guilty in timeshare scheme – WTOP
http://wtop.com/virginia/2015/03/williamsburg-man-pleads-guilty-in-timeshare-scheme/
Mar 18, 2015 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Williamsburg man faces more than 30 years in
prison for a timeshare scheme that cost resorts more than …

Timeshare Scammers and How They Operate! Beware! Do Your Research…

Westgate Resorts, BransonWoods
As timeshares have grown more popular throughout the years, a growing number opportunistic scammers and dishonest people have become
established in this industry, by using the hype to their own
advantage. They have come up with all kinds of elaborate schemes
with sophicated ideas to reel innocent timeshare owners of whatever cash they can get.

Never talk to anyone who calls you out of the blue and introduces themselves as a reseller of timeshare property deeded or points and says, “They have someone interested in your timeshare property.

Variations of Scammers

With this said, you have to be highly aware of the
timeshare scams that may be pitching their way to your Continue reading “Timeshare Scammers and How They Operate! Beware! Do Your Research…”

Manhattan Club Lawsuits – News Articles. We report, You decide…

Manhattan Club Lawsuits – News Articles. We report, You decide…
Author of Timesharefun.com

This can be a problem when you own points. A deed to a specific week is the only way timeshare should be sold. That’s what we own. A deed is like buying a house. It is recorded in the local courthouse in the county where you live.

A major resort that sells “points” as a deed is not the way to go. Points to what? Points for cruises, airfare, taxi cabs and flexibility for shorter vacations. What is that?

In this day and age who determines the value of “points”. It is no different than buying into a travel club where you are supposed to get lots of benefits.

In our opinion deeded timeshare for a specific week at a specific resort is the only way to go. You can find many timeshare properties today (deeded only) for as little as $1.00 on the Internet. Come on, do you research.

Thanks, Cary & Elaine – Timesharefun.com

The Center For Hiv Law & Policy – Another Lawsuit – Click Here No Wonder the maintenance fee’s are so high.

Wrongly fired hotel worker with HIV is awarded $500G – NY Daily News
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/wrongly-fired-hotel-worker-hiv-awarded-500g-article-1.1723664

This place is a scam!! – Review of The Manhattan Club, New …
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60763-d99321-r7843245-The_Manhattan_Club-New_York_City_New_York.html
The Manhattan Club: This place is a scam!! – See 766 traveler reviews, 182 candid photos, and great deals for The Manhattan Club at TripAdvisor.

Manhattan Club Lawsuit – The Manhattan Club Discussion Forum
http://www.redweek.com/forums/messages?thread_id=17818
Manhattan Club Lawsuit – The Manhattan Club Discussion Forum. preview the new redweek.com! … If you include data from Manhattan’s other big block of timeshares …

Manhattan Club Lawsuit [page 2] – The Manhattan Club
http://www.redweek.com/forums/messages?thread_id=17818;page=2;query=
I own a thimeshare at the Manhatten Club. I wish to join any and all lawsuits/class actions regarding the Manhatten Club. I believe the management is manipulating the …

This place is a scam!! – Review of The Manhattan Club, New …
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60763-d99321-r7843245-The_Manhattan_Club-New_York_City_New_York.html
The Manhattan Club: This place is a scam!! – See 766 traveler reviews, 182 candid photos, and great deals for The Manhattan Club at TripAdvisor.

Manhattan Club Timeshares NYC | Ian Bruce Eichner
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/12/02/manhattan-club-timeshare-owners-allege-hotel-is-oversold/
Developer Ian Bruce Eichner is facing a lawsuit from timeshare owners at the Manhattan Club resort who claim that a weekly room shortage has prevented them …

Manhattan Club NYC Scam Review 176591 Sep 08, Chicago …
http://manhattan-club.pissedconsumer.com/manhattan-club-nyc-scam-20100908197527.html
Manhattan Club You buy a Timeshare at the Manhattan Club and you are told that it is perfect for visits after seeing a show, weekend trips etc.

Home Page [www.tmcnyowners.com]
http://www.tmcnyowners.com/
The Manhattan Club – A worthless and financially burdensome vacation property

Top 72 Complaints and Reviews about The Manhattan Club
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/travel/the-manhattan-club.html
My husband and I purchased a biweekly contract at The Manhattan Club almost
….. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Manhattan Club Timeshare …

Big midtown time-share ordered to suspend sales | Crain’s New …
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140725/REAL_ESTATE/140729888/big-midtown-time-share-ordered-to-suspend-sales
Jul 25, 2014 Manhattan Club An investigation into the Manhattan Club was sparked by
complaints from more than 100 owners. Photo: CoStar Group Inc.

Hotel in Manhattan Ordered to Halt Sale of Time Shares After Buyers …
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/nyregion/manhattan-hotel-ordered-to-halt-sale-of-time-shares.html
Jul 25, 2014 The Manhattan Club has been the subject of at least two lawsuits from members;
one was settled out of court, and another was dismissed by an …

Are owners suing The Manhattan Club, and what does it mean?
http://www.redweek.com/resources/ask-redweek/manhattan-club-lawsuit-info
Apr 14, 2014 The Manhattan Club, which opened in 1997 amid much fanfare in New York City,
is indeed the subject of a bitter lawsuit filed by owners who …

The Manhattan Club Timeshare Scam | Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/manhattanclubtimeshare
The Manhattan Club Timeshare Scam. 171 likes · 25 talking about this. The
Manhattan Club Timeshare Scam is a page for Manhattan Club Owners,
employees.

Manhattan Club Timeshares NYC | Ian Bruce Eichner – The Real Deal
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/12/02/manhattan-club-timeshare-owners-allege-hotel-is-oversold/
Dec 2, 2013 Developer Ian Bruce Eichner is facing a lawsuit from owners of the Manhattan
Club timeshare resort.

Timeshare Fraud Article – Mexico Timeshare FRAUD News: September 13, 2014

           <strong>Timeshare Fraud Article - Mexico Timeshare FRAUD News: September 13, 2014</strong>

We here at timesharefun.com do lots of research almost daily. We find the articles and pass them onto you. Logic and common sense. With the introduction of the Internet today there should be no reason for anyone looking at buying or selling timeshare vacation properties should be scammed.

Read this article on the latest Mexico Timeshare Fraud News by clicking here.

Timeshare Investigation by 20/20

Timeshare Investigation by 20/20

From time to time we bring back articles regarding timeshare resorts and their salespeople promises. We still believe in owning only deeded timeshare property. We do not believe in points pushed initially by RCI and now also Wyndham timeshare resorts. That’s our opinion only. We own 3 deeded timeshare weeks purchased over the years through the resale timeshare market. Do your research. Watching some of these videos is part of that research. Timsshare deeded weeks are, in our opinion, the way to go because you can purchase great weeks at 5 star resorts for as little as $1.00. In fact, our first week was given to us by someone who paid $8,800 two years earlier and just wanted to give it to us for $1.00 consideration. That was 12 years ago. We have used that particular week for exchanging for the last 12 years with 100% satisfied with our deeded week exchanges to other 5 star resorts.

20/20 Royal Holiday Timeshare Investigation - - Timeshare Rescue20/20 Royal Holiday Timeshare Investigation – – Timeshare Rescue
An ABC news special on Royal Holiday Vacation Club 20/20. A hidden camera investigation.

Timeshare Pitch InvestigationTimeshare Pitch Investigation
The Better Business Bureau helps investigate a timeshare pitch scam.

20/20 Royal Holiday Timeshare Investigation – – Timeshare Rescue …
http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dl1W2HVGnNls
Feb 9, 2009 An ABC news special on Royal Holiday Vacation Club 20/20. A hidden camera
investigation.

20/20 Royal Holiday Timeshare Investigation – YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DeA0UGr49nNs
Apr 27, 2011 http://www.timesharesaviors.com An ABC news special on Royal Holiday
Vacation Club. A 20/20 hidden camera investigation.

Beware of the inhouse “Royal Holidays” timeshare scam – TripAdvisor
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147416-d147932-r57755501-Wyndham_Nassau_Resort_Crystal_Palace_Casino-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html
Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino: Beware of the inhouse ”
Royal … Definitely watch the 20/20 investigation video and do a little internet …

Disabled Artists Group Robbed of Almost $2 Million, Indictment …
http://abcnews.go.com/US/disabled-artists-group-robbed-million-indictment-charges/story%3Fid%3D19272430
May 28, 2013 Good Morning America · World News Tonight · Nightline · 20/20 · This Week …
Juan, as well as payments on a Florida timeshare, the indictment stated. …
Following the 2011 investigation, Kelly was arrested and charged with …

BBB Says Timeshare Reselling Scams Are Still Prevalent!

BBB says timeshare reselling scams are still prevalent | Hometown …
http://hometownsource.com/2014/08/25/bbb-says-timeshare-reselling-scams-are-still-prevalent/%3Futm_source%3Drss%26utm_medium%3Drss%26utm_campaign%3Dbbb-says-timeshare-reselling-scams-are-still-prevalent
23 hours ago Timeshare reselling scams have really ramped up in recent years,” said Dana
Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North …

Timeshare reselling scams still prevalent – International Falls Journal
http://www.ifallsjournal.com/news/public_safety/timeshare-reselling-scams-still-prevalent/article_ab46594e-7b96-5426-985c-1f0c52517370.html
1 day ago Timeshare reselling schemes continue to plague the marketplace and …Timeshare reselling scams still prevalentBetter Business Bureau.

Timeshare News and Scams – ConsumerAffairs.com
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/timeshare-news-and-scams
Timeshare resale scam still claiming victims ….. That’s why Visa says it is teaming
up with the FTC to help timeshare owners avoid these schemes in the first place.
….. Common complaints about these companies involve the use of false and …

Consumer Alert and Fraud Warning Regarding Timeshare Resale …
http://www.dre.ca.gov/files/pdf/ca/2012/ConsumerAlert_FraudWarningTimeshareResaleFraud.pdf
following are three of the common fraudulent practices that the DRE has seen: 1.
timeshare resale scam can be started and operated with a website anywhere
in … fee, ask them questions, lots of questions, and then verify, verify, and still
verify … salesperson says that he or she can do the work independent of a broker
, …

timeshare scams – TimeshareSecrets.com
http://www.timesharesecrets.com/tag/timeshare-scams/
What follows is a list of the 4 most common timeshare resale scams that fool most
people. … You’re left with no money and you still own the timeshare. … Five Signs
You Are Walking Into a Timeshare Resale Scam …. They say the money is being
held in escrow until your timeshare sells, when in fact they are being held in …

Father and Son Telemarketers Convicted in Timeshare Resale … – FBI

Father and Son Telemarketers Convicted in Timeshare Resale … – FBI
http://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2013/father-and-son-telemarketers-convicted-in-timeshare-resale-fraud-affecting-1-000-victims
7 hours ago Convicted in Timeshare Resale Fraud Affecting 1,000 Victims wire and mail fraud in connection with a telemarketing fraud scheme that 

Timeshare resellers rarely deliver on promises, usually …
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/article1218177.ece
… of consumer fraud in Florida, affecting people … Timeshare Traveler, has been convicted … licenses telemarketers, including timeshare resale

 

 

News Graphic Timeshare Consumer Guide – Timeshare News
http://www.timeshareconsumerguide.co.uk/news/?view=archives&month=11&year=2009
Telemarketers call up timeshare owners, … who is Arthur Goddard’s son-in-law, were charged with fraud, … Timeshare Resale Scams Revealed …

Show Posts – Boss Man – Timesharetalk – Timeshare Forum For …
http://www.timesharetalk.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=1;area=showposts;sa=topics;start=0
Show Posts – Boss Man – Timesharetalk Forum – The timeshare forum for owners, by owners. Scams, resorts, reviews of timeshare resorts, air your views on resale

Five Families of New York City: July 2013
http://www.fivefamiliesnyc.com/2013_07_01_archive.html
Van Zandt Sr. is blaming the scam on his son but Marrero believes the fatherVictims who invested up to $ … resale fraud epidemic, the Timeshare Mega Media …

 

Timeshare Laws & Scams by States – USA


Timeshare Laws & Scams by States – USA

 

Sept. 11, 2013

Here we will try to keep you updated on the latest Timeshare Laws, Information & Scams, for states in the USA. Click on the links below, to see information for the states, in which you are interested.

 

 

1. Florida Timeshare Foreclosure Law. Click Here

Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm%3FApp_mode%3DDisplay_Statute%26URL%3D0700-0799/0721/0721.html
FORECLOSURE OF LIENS ON TIMESHARE INTERESTS In order to protect the quality of Florida timeshare plans and the consumers who purchase them, under Florida law, and any such purchase is not protected by the State of Florida.

I own a timeshare I can’t afford – Money Management
http://www.moneymanagement.org/Community/Blogs/Blogging-for-Change/2011/March/I-own-a-timeshare-I-cannot-afford.aspx
Mar 14, 2011 Florida, for example, just passed a timeshare foreclosure law (HB 1411) that streamlines foreclosures in that state to less than 90 days to help

WHERE CAN WE GO TO GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE ON DUMPING TIMESHARES …
http://www.redweek.com/forums/messages%3Fthread_id%3D13776
Most resorts will not promptly initiate foreclosure in response to unpaid ….. But he did not know what Florida laws are, so now we will begin

Timeshare Industry Applauds Florida Legislature for Passing Bill to …
http://www.arda.org/arda/news-information/default.aspx%3Fid%3D4198
Jun 13, 2013 Bill Improves Foreclosure Process & Provides Relief to Timeshare HOAs in applaud Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing HB 7025 into law,

 

2. State Of Washington Timeshare Settlement – 9-12-13

Wow! Do your research folks before letting a company attempt to suggest they can help you get rid of your timeshare property. Click on the links below.

AG sues Lacey couple for illegal timeshare operation Part 2AG sues Lacey couple for illegal timeshare operation Part 2
SEATTLE — An Olympia couple is being sued by the state of Washington for scamming 30000 timeshare owners. The civil lawsuit announced by Attorney General B…

 AG sues Lacey couple for illegal timeshare operation Part 1
SEATTLE — An Olympia couple is being sued by the state of Washington for scamming 30000 timeshare owners. The civil lawsuit announced by Attorney General B…

3. New Jersey Timeshare News – Sept. 7, 2013

NJ Couple Convicted in $3M Mortgage Fraud Scheme | NBC 10 …
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/NJ-Couple-Convicted-in-Mortgage-Fraud-Scheme-222655511.html
Sep 6, 2013 NJ Couple Convicted in $3M Mortgage Fraud Scheme in federal court in New Jersey of conspiring in a timeshare mortgage fraud scheme.

 

Note: We read about this company sometime back. They were spending big money advertising their services and had a lot of people fooled.

 

 

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