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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 Agenciesmake 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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18 Comments
  • FitchSeptember 12, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Some timeshare owners are in such fear of their company that they do not want to submit a complaint because they feel this will have negative repercussions. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • AmandaAugust 30, 2014, 11:29 am

    It’s probably too late now, but my husband and I purchased a timeshare at the Hacienda Encantada in 2004. We’ve never been to the resort because its been under construction. The more and more I think about it the more I don’t want anything to do with it. They took my husband and I to the place of construction for breakfast and gave us both several drinks and the more we talked with the salesperson the better the idea sounded. We were both only 19 at the time and I feel we were taken advantage of. Is there anything we can do about it now?!?

  • LauraJuly 28, 2014, 8:32 am

    Me vendieron un paquete para dos niños y dos adultos, los niños eran gratis y ahora resulta que los niños los tengo que pagar

  • FernandoJuly 18, 2014, 2:17 pm

    lo peor de todo es que esto realmente funciona, y funciono conmigo infelizmente, necesito ayuda!!

  • GabrielaJune 23, 2014, 9:34 am

    siempre atraen a las personas con sus regalos y sus paquetes, no se dejen engañar, ya es hora de que se den cuenta que solo es algo para llamar la atencion

  • spirit123June 21, 2014, 8:25 am

    I have a timeshare that we bought in Cabo, San Lucas in January. Its at the beautiful Peublo Bonito Sunset. However, due to health reasons we need to sell the timeshare. We are not trying to make money, just trying to get rid of it. Any suggestions on how to sell the timeshare?
    Thanks in advance, all help is appreciated.

  • AaronJune 1, 2014, 6:32 pm

    A mi me llamaron para ofrecerme un paquete a las bahamas, pero según me dijeron no tiene nada que ver con los tiempos compartidos, que mas bien son membresias vacacionales, saben si es lo mismo?

  • DanielaMay 23, 2014, 3:35 pm

    hay una agencia que se llama mungo magico orlando que ofrece ese tipo de paquetes, tengan mucho cuidado si les llaman porque a mi me quisieron engañar

  • 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.

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