Donate Timeshare Scam: Navigating the Maze of Good, Bad, and Unwanted Choices

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The story

John and Mary went on a vacation and were invited for a free breakfast. There is a sales rep. approached them, asked about their dream vacations, and promised he would solve all their vacations "problems".

He introduced them to a great timeshare solution where they could use their timeshare to pay for  airline tickets, cruises and even pay for their Disney’s entrance ticket.

And not only that, the timeshare was so great, that John and Mary could rent it for a profit if, in that year, they could not go on vacation. One of the main advantages, John remembers, was "we could deduct our purchase from our taxes".

When the closer came to the table and showed them the price, John and Mary were very surprised to find it was too expensive for them. The salesman told them he would help reduce the price by presenting them some "marketing" options.

He brought his manager to the table and offered them a foreclosure for half the price, and he was doing this kind of favor just because he liked them so much.

The manager also made the comment that just a fool would pass along a great offer like this one. 

Finally, after three sales representatives and four hours of negotiation, John & Mary gave in. They signed the contract and the promissory note; they were led to believe that their salesman and manager would help them out, renting their weeks in case they couldn’t meet payments.

John and Mary could not enjoy entirely the rest of the vacations; their heads were filled with thoughts like “How are we going to make the payment for the new investment in 30 days from now?”, and their vacations were no longer about the sand or the sun.

Upon returning home, John & Mary called to cancel. The salesman told them they could not cancel because they bought a foreclosure membership and the cancellation period was over and that clause didn’t apply to their contract.

However, the salesman offered to rent their weeks and asked them to return call back a week from that day to check if he could rent the weeks in the contract and to speak further about the remittance of the check to cover the cost of the initial investment. And that was the last time John & Mary heard from the salesman.

Now, John & Mary are liable for thousands of dollars in credit card debt with a high interest rate for a “timeshare solution” that in reality gives them only a week for vacations for the next 20 years in addition to what they already own, weeks that cannot be rented out, and that even though they cannot use, they must pay the yearly maintenance fees.

Doing the math, it is cheaper to buy an online package than to call the timeshare resort to book a week, and end up with a week in a unit that was not like the one that was presented, without the service promised, and at a season that cannot be adjusted to their vacation schedule.

Sounds familiar?

This is a common story. You can read the same testimonial thousands of times on the internet.

When people realize that the “timeshare solution” they bought was not what they expected, they look for different ways to get rid of the nightmare they got themselves into.

This step is crucial and delicate and can become an emotional rollercoaster because victims of timeshare could easily fall into the hands of even more shameless scam artists who want to earn some easy money.

That is why, we present you with different options that you can consider if you have purchased a timeshare, and you want to get rid of it. We ask you to read very carefully the following different options you have to get rid of a timeshare, because if you take the wrong direction, you could be throwing more money down the drain.

The “EASY” solutions are:

1. Renting the timeshare:
Nowadays, it is not an option. Perhaps this is the most common way to fall victim to a timeshare scam.

If you do some research, you will find out that the vast majority of rental companies are there to charges an advertising fee instead of actually providing any kind of service.

With the promise to “list” and not “rent” the vacation weeks. 

A rental company contract is full of sketchy clauses, and in the end, you just spend money on “solutions” that aren't a solution to begin with.

2. Resell the timeshare:
The resale of a timeshare can be one of the many no-end streets when it comes to talking about timeshares. You can look them up on eBay; there are people selling them for no more than $1 USD, just to get rid of the expensive maintenance fees.

Timeshare resell companies will explain to clients how "hot" the market is to convince them to pay an upfront fee to sell it immediately.

Asking for upfront fees and promising they have a buyer for you is a sure way the resale company will approach you.

This is only an option if you don’t mind throwing more money down the drain while you are stuck with that timeshare for a long time, waiting for the "hot" market to do the job.

3. Inherit the timeshare:
Let’s face it: do you really want to pass along to your loved ones a timeshare? Why would anyone want to be committed to paying yearly maintenance fees, that result in a higher price than just booking online?

4. Just dropping it:
This is a common practice people do when they do not want to have the obligation of paying for the balance and/or maintenance fees.

This practice, as it might sound like an alternative, is really not since the client can rest assure that their credit rating will be affected.

Many of our clients call us for assistance when they are already in a situation like this.

We can still help them to cancel the timeshare contract and reinstate their credit rating, but it takes at least 6 months up to a year to clear up their credit score.

5. Give it back to the resort:
Giving back to the resort the timeshare that you don’t want, is not an option. Why? Because the timeshare developer wants the timeshare to be paid off, and even when it is, they want an annual maintenance fee to be paid as well.

It results in a lost cause for them, and for no reason will they take a timeshare back.

6. Donate Timeshare Scam:

Most charities or organizations won’t take timeshares for two reasons: they are not willing to pay the expensive maintenance fees, and they mostly do not have a use for them. A donate timeshare scam is not a solution. 

- the "REAL" solution is:

1. Cancel A timeshare: This is the real solution and is the most effective and secure. When properly canceling a timeshare, there are no further strings attached to the resort.

Many clients experience a relief when they know that their contract has been cancelled for a number of reasons, just to mention a few:

  • No more calls or letters trying to collect maintenance fees,
  • No more special assessments fees,
  • No more debt (if still owed); pay the mortgage.
  • No more collections notices or phone calls (in case of default),
  • Freedom to go anywhere, anytime.

It is important, however, to cancel your contract properly and through the right people.

There are lots of companies that just want to make an easy buck and will even guarantee to recover all monies paid... if you pay them an upfront fee.

This is an extension to the original scam. When the scam starts all over again.

Never pay upfront to sell, rent, donate or cancel a timeshare contract.

Do your homework and investigate the company you will choose to assist you with the cancellation of your timeshare contract, as there are many who will tell you (what you would like to hear in order to empathize with you and get your business) whatever is necessary to get more money out of you.

MTS is the only company whose fees are strictly dependent on results.

If there are no results, there is no pay, as simple as that.

We will tell you what you need to know straight, upfront. It is time for you to hear the truth about the timeshare industry. Get a free consultation.

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