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Timeshare Vacation Packages: Another advertising hook used by timeshare scammers

 Timeshare Vacation Packages: Another advertising hook used by timeshare scammers
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Timeshare Vacation packages have become a huge advertising hook used by timeshare scammers to target potential victims. Learn more about this fraud and how to detect it

You have won a free vacation! Thousands of people are receiving calls, letters, emails and postcards containing such news. Are they for real? Well, first of all, nothing in life is free, and secondly, if it sounds too good to be true, it is very likely that it is.  

Timeshare Vacation packages and special deals have become a new way of selling timeshares. Just like in fishing, these offers are designed to hook potential victims into one of the biggest scams that is been running to date. Our advice: Do not take the bait! Protect yourself from being scammed, the more you know about this, the less possibilities you have to fall into it.

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Timeshare Vacation Packages and Free Gifts

Travel Agencies make attractive Timeshare Vacation Packages to offer to their clients and increase their sales. A vacation package combine hotel stays with flights and other services into one price. They represent a great opportunity to save money and time when planning a vacation on your own. Legitimate vacation packages can be a big threat to timeshare industry, being that you can actually save more money using these good deals, than buying a timeshare.

Because of the popularity these travel packages have gained, several timeshare developers have decided to make use of them to target potential victims. People who are 35-72 years old, own their home and take regular vacations are the biggest targets. Normally, these “last minute” offers are accompanied by the following phrase:

"YOU HAVE WON A FREE VACATION: Congratulations, you have been chosen from a select few people as are award winner and have received a free vacation package” 

Most of the times, these deals are usually offered by telephone, email, internet publicity and personalized postcards. These are the most common promised prices:

  •  Free vacation package
  •   Free stays
  •  Free cruise getaway
  •  Plane tickets for free
  • Discount tickets for activities

Sounds quite appealing right? But there is a catch… all you have to do is attending a “sales presentation”. Once you attend to the presentation, you may pick up your “prizes”

Timeshare presentations

This is when things get ugly. Vacation packages are usually a “sales presentation trap”. In order to get the free vacation, the vacationers must attend a long and high-pressure timeshare presentation.

Sometimes, the victims are not even aware of this. We have known from some of our clients that they were subjected to bullying and other deceitful sales practices from the agents.

Another tactic they use is telling you that before getting your price, you have to join a “Travel Club” for an “X” amount of money, or that you have to pay a “service fee”, being that it is a last minute offer and you have to reserve the opportunity.

timeshare vacation packages

Tips to avoid being scammed

First things first: You will not get a free vacation. Let’s remember timeshare salespeople give loads of verbal promises and no written documentation: Don’t believe everything you hear. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.

If you fit the profile mentioned before, you might receive one of these offers. In order to protect yourself and your financial situation, you must be prepared. Follow the next tips to avoid being scammed by these fraudulent companies:

  • Google the name of the company before you sign anything
  • Ask as many detailed questions as possible
  • DO NOT provide your credit card number or bank information
  •  Don’t feel pressured into taking the deal
  • Watch out for hidden fees
  • If you are feeling doubtfully just say “No” and hang up

By following those simple advices, you will keep yourself away from being scammed.

About timeshares

Timeshares are a good option for specific groups of people with specific travel and vacation desires. Even though many timeshare owners are happy with their purchases, there are millions of others who feet they were scammed.

There is nothing wrong with the whole idea of timeshares, but the timeshare industry has gained a terrible reputation due to the salespeople’s lacks of ethics and the fraudulent sales practices. Because of the enormous profits that timeshares represent for timeshare resorts, they always innovate the way to sell timeshares, but the sales tactics don’t stop being high-pressure and dishonest.

If you, or someone you know, are a victim of a timeshare scam, contact Mexican Timeshare Solutions to get a free consultation on how to get rid of your timeshare contract. Mexican Timeshare Solutions is a legitimate company that unlike other companies doesn’t charge any upfront fees. At MTS, we are aware of all the tricks used to sell timeshares and we have the knowledge and resources available to cancel your contract as quickly and as easily as possible. Our experts work on a 100% contingency basis, which means, if we don’t cancel your contract, you don’t have to pay us a penny. Do not hesitate on this and contact us today for totally free advice, we would be happy to work on your behalf to ensure that negotiations are swift and successful.

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10 Comments
  • No TimeshareApril 7, 2014, 7:26 am

    We were lied to 2 years ago, even about what we were buying. Tried to get it cleared up when we were in Branson, they could not figure it out. We paid cash and monthly fees and now they tell us buy more points or our points are useless. We have a time share with a different company that has been a delight for years. Timeshare is a mess.

  • Little HouseMarzo 26, 2014, 11:44 am

    I’ve never been a proponent of purchasing a Time Share. Both my in-laws and my parents own Time Share’s, but I really think it’s a waste of money. However, I can always “borrow” their weeks and go on vacation, so I guess not all is lost.

  • EmaMarzo 10, 2014, 9:22 am

    no es algo que me sorprenda, era mas que obvio que algo asi deben hacer para atraer a la gente, patetico!

  • MarielaMarzo 3, 2014, 9:52 am

    que triste que ilusionen con esas cosas a las personas y despues los estafen de la peor manera, no tiene nombre a lo que hacen!

  • KyRoamerJanuary 31, 2014, 2:18 pm

    We own two timeshares and love them. We rented, walked ourselves into the office and sat through a low key presentation. Five days later, we went back to the office an bought our first. Our experience was unique. We bought the second 12 years later at a different resort from the same group with just a little more pressure. Both are in Cancun.
    But we see the time share sharks everywhere looking to give away valuable dinners or tours. Having no plans to buy another and sometimes a free afternoon, I have often suggested to my wife that we experience a presentation. She says life is too short so we have never gone. Maybe this year.

  • Joe LewisJanuary 7, 2014, 1:47 pm

    I would consider myself lucky also. I attended a presentation and after a shady sales presentation I did not trust what I was being sold. I was offered the place for 40k (184,000 points) and they later came down to 25k. I logged into my trusty smart phone and found the same thing on Ebay for $600 (this included transfer costs) and bought that instead. Everytime I use it there's a sales presentation to try and sell me an upgrade package so I can get all the "Wyndham benefits." It's simply not worth it. I would just stress people to educate themselves and don't believe the "if you don't buy at this rock bottom sales price it will never be available again" sales line. Their sales reps are scum and the company has very little moral standards. Just check out every states BBB where they are located. The have an F, and that F doesn't stand for "Fantastic."

  • XimenaDecember 23, 2013, 10:27 am

    mucha gente va solo por los regalos y los ganchos como este, y caen! debemos estar alertas e informados para que no nos suceda, gracias por el articulo

  • MichelleDecember 16, 2013, 9:27 am

    que triste que por un "regalo" haya gente que pierda tanto dinero, es claro que es un gancho que utilizan estos mentirosos y la gente sigue cayendo

  • CamileAugust 27, 2013, 10:50 am

    I’ve heard so many horror stories about timeshares. They are just way to expensive for what you get. And I personally wouldn’t want to visit the same place enough times to have the cost match the value. It just doesn’t add up for me.

  • BenjaminMarzo 1, 2013, 11:23 am

    Since you get to the airport no longer harass you to "give you" discount tickets in exchange for a breakfast on site. We were two couples and obviously require you to carry your credit cards.
    After the regulatory tour of their facilities and the famous breakfast, we were really pressured to buy the famous "timeshare" and I foolishly for agreeing to my wife agreed to buy one ... The biggest mistake of my life.
    At that time I paid $ 37.800 pesos and promised to send me books and more info to my home and obviously never happened!
    The monthly installments of $ 2,500 pesos (to deposit in dollars), you begin to take the following three months to pass the time when you can resing them without penalty according Profeco. After we have suffered harassment my wife and I for their collectors I decided to go to PROFECO to cancel the timeshare and they did not show up in any of the three hearings that by law must address.
    And even more, began calling my home address, my parents and my office (plus emails and letters) demanding full payment of the value of time comparitod (over $ 100,000 pesos). Now it seems that the issue turns into an office in San Diego California and constantly harass with stress and threats that will worsen the situation and the economic penalty.
    I never had access to a decent bargain from them and have refused on several occasions to discuss (without pay in full first).
    What kind of mercantilist and what bad image and fraud (never delivered what was promised in the contract) for people ever trust and fund their projects.
    Please take care of your heritage and do not fall in their lies like unfortunately I did.
    PD. Believe me, there are a lot hotels in Los Cabos that for that price and cheaper incluisve are unbeatable in terms of what you'll get from Playa Grande.

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