As a Villa del Palmar timeshare owner or a potential purchaser of a Villa del Palmar timeshare, you should be aware of the many shrewd scams that are being aimed at timeshare buyers and content vacation club members. In recent months there has been an increase in scams within the timeshare industry. You may ask yourself as a member of a sound vacation club like Villa del Palmar, “how could I get involved in a scam?” There are many ways that fraudsters will attempt to scam members at even the finest vacation clubs like Villa del Palmar.
Set out in the article below are various helpful steps to ensure you keep yourself safe from any Villa del Palmar timeshare scams.
Rental Agency Scams
Beware of rental scams if you plan to rent out any vacation time you do not use at a Villa del Palmar resort. Posing as authentic rental agents, these scanners will set out to charge you fees to find any possible renters. Stay clear of these scams buy choosing a recommended rental agent or one who only charges commission fees and not upfront fees.
Resale Scams that Target Happy Timeshare owners
These tricky Villa del Palmar timeshare scams are undertaken by scammers who make contact with members using the telephone, email or by post. They make bogus promises to be able to resale your membership for you. They can suggest that they have potential buyers ready to pay you a big price for your membership. The trick is that they ask you to pay a fee for the details of the buyer and then you do not have any more contact from them. Oftentimes, resales scams target members who would otherwise not be thinking about selling their timeshare.
Villa del Palmar Scams for Cancellation
As a new Villa del Palmar timeshare member, you could become the victim of a cancellation scam. These scams involve agents pretending to be authentic lawyers. They claim that by acting on your behalf they are able to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare agreement. They say they do not charge for this work but later charge you large fees for their service which is not even valid. The member then finds they have defaulted on their loan which they thought was cancelled. All timeshare contracts are legally binding and cannot be canceled once the cooling off period is over, so be careful if you are offer this kind of service.
What you can do if you find yourself involved in a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam
The Members Services at the Villa del Palmar timeshare division is the first place you should contact if you think you have been caught up in a scam. After informing them you can make a complaint to the state attorney general’s office, the telephone number of which is in yellow pages or on the internet, and the Federal Trade Commission, by calling the Business Fraud Division on 1-877-382-4357. You should make sure that you report the incident to ARDA. This can be done on the internet at www.arda.org/advisories. Make sure you keep all records, emails and correspondence etc. of any further interactions with the fraudsters.
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