If you are a timeshare owner already or thinking of purchasing a Villa del Palmar timeshare in the future please be careful as there are fraudsters out there who maybe trying to target you. There has been a large increase in reported timeshare scams within the vacation club industry, targeting buyers as well as happy vacation club members.
You probably are thinking that it would not happen to you, as a member of a reputable vacation club like Villa del Palmar timeshare, but, unfortunately, these fraudsters target the best timeshare companies. However, the article below outlines some of the common timeshare scams aimed at the best vacation clubs, and how you should protect yourself from falling into one of their timeshare traps.
Keeping yourself safe from Villa del Palmar timeshare scams:
Timeshare Rental Scams
Should you wish to rent out any of the vacation time you do not use at your Villa del Palmar resort, please be aware that there are scams trying to fleece you of your money. Scammers will act as rental agents and try to charge you fees to find potential renters for your Villa del Palmar timeshare unit. This type of timeshare scam can be avoided by using a rental agent known to you already or one that charges commission and not upfront fees. Villa del Palmar timeshare scams can be avoided easily for rentals when you rent to friends and family.
These resale scams are undertaken by individuals who make false promises to sell your Villa del Palmar timeshare membership. They target satisfied members by telephone, email or by written mail and try and trick you into reselling your legitimate membership. They claim they have buyers waiting to pay attractive prices for your Villa del Palmar timeshare. The trick is that they ask for a fee to receive the buyer’s details and then you will never see them again.
Cancellation Scams at Villa del Palmar Timeshare
Cancellation scams involve third parties pretending to be lawyers who claim they are able to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare agreement for you. As a new Villa del Palmar timeshare member you are particularly susceptible to this type of scam. The service is advertised as free, but you are later subject to fees for the service that is not valid. The timeshare member can find themselves defaulting on their loan because they thought it had been cancelled. You should remember that your timeshare contract is a legally binding document and cannot be cancelled after the cooling off period has finished. This type of Villa del Palmar timeshare scams are quite common.
Actions to Take if your are Caught in a Villa del Palmar Timeshare scam
Should you believe you have been subjected to any kind of Villa del Palmar timeshare scams, you should first report the matter to the Members Services at the Villa del Palmar timeshare division. You are then able to make a subsequent complaint to both the Federal Trade Commission, by calling the Business Fraud Division on 1-877-382-4357, and your state attorney general’s office, contactable via telephone number in yellow pages or on the internet. Fraudsters should also be reported to ARDA. This can be done via the internet on www.arda.org/advisories.
Records, emails and written documents of any further contact with the fraudsters should be kept in case needed in the future.