Timeshare: What are the signs of a scam?
August 12, 2017
Not all timeshares are scams and there are some clear signs when you might be walking into a fraudulent situation. That is why I have compiled this list of hints and tips for recognizing a timeshare scam as opposed to genuine timeshare companies.
What are the signs of a timeshare scam?
There are some key signs which indicate that something or someone is a scam. If you remain open to them it can become pretty obvious which is which very quickly. Read on to find out how you can tell when someone is trying to scam you, and how you can protect yourself from fraudulent timeshares. These are some of the warning signs that you should be on the lookout for:
When things don’t add up
Little “white” lies might not seem like a huge deal, but the truth is that honesty in small matters is a key indicator of a business’s (or a person’s) integrity. If, for example, you’re are promised an incentive for attending a timeshare presentation that never materializes (or you are asked to pay for it), or if you are told that the presentation will last only a few hours and it lasts the full day… these are signs that the company is not honest You must ask yourself; if the timeshare agent is comfortable lying to you about this, what else are is he or she going to lie about in order to sell you a timeshare?
Is the timeshare company registered?
It’s a sad fact that you can’t check every company’s license and registration details when you’re on vacation as this would make side stepping timeshare scams a breeze. However, there are some real world indicators that a timeshare company have their legal affairs in order. A good rule of thumb is this; if a timeshare agent can produce authentic ID, or they can be found inside an airport or shopping mall, then they most likely represent a genuine timeshare company and not a scam.
No news is bad news
If the timeshare company in question is suspiciously squeaky clean of all news coverage; if you can’t find an article about them or get any information online, it is most likely because they are fraudulent. Even the best companies will have complaints online (alongside positive reviews), but a timeshare company with seemingly no history is a no-go and most probably a scam.
Timeshare exchange networks
If a timeshare company is recognized by and affiliated with exchange networks like RCI and Interval International then you can be sure that they’re legitimate. If in doubt check on their affiliations and partnerships; as the saying goes “no man is an island” and this is doubly true for timeshare providers wishing to succeed.
Are you taken to the right timeshare resort?
If you are shown a different resort to the one you’re supposed to be buying from, or you’re shown the right resort and then taken offsite for the presentation/ contract signing do not sign. Do Not Sign. This is a classic move for scammers looking to steal some reflected respectability from big companies. You should also check that your contract names the correct type of unit and reflects any verbal promises, etc.
Do you have a bad feeling?
Listen to your gut; if intuition tells you that something is not right, or someone is being dishonest, this is often the earliest sign of a scam. Listen to your gut and look out for more warning signs of a scam, and most importantly never go through with something that makes you uncomfortable.
What are your methods for identifying a scam? Leave a comment.
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Cancun Airport’s Timeshare Promoters
January 9, 2017
Have you heard about the Cancun Airport’s timeshare promoters from family or friends? Have you seen the Cancun Airport’s timeshare promoters firsthand when you have arrived at the Cancun Airport and was greeted by the professional salesmen and women that represent the top timeshare resorts in the Cancun area before you left the airport? Within the last few years the timeshare industry’s reputation had a bit of tarnishing, but there are numerous vacation clubs that genuine and very appealing, so you can have the chance to enjoy the amenities from the best resorts in the best destinations. Although, it is very tempting to just shrug off the Cancun Airport’s timeshare promoters as you are rushing through the airport, but if you just kindly give them a few minutes of your time, then you will be amazed at what they can offer you.
Informative Timeshare Promoters at Cancun Airport
The last thing you may want to do after a long flight is listening to the sales representatives, but if you do, then you will be amazed on how extremely professional and informational these representatives actually are, because they are the best in the timeshare business. One thing to remember is the timeshare promoters have earned the proper credentials to work inside the Cancun Airport where it is a high security area. They have been hand selected to be the first person to interact with you and let you know about the vacation resort programs that they are devoted to represent.
Attend a Timeshare Presentation
You will need to commit to attending a presentation at one of the local resorts and the presentation is usually a couple of hours. The timeshare promoters will make sure that your experience at the resort will be enjoyable, worry free, and stress free. While you are at the resort you will be given the chance to enjoy a delicious meal, then the promoter will take you on a personal guide through the resort, so you can see all the benefits and features that the resort can provide for you.
What you can expect
Everyone that goes to the presentation will be treated like royalty and the salespeople at the airport will make sure they can help you with all they can, so your vacation will be completely fulfilled. They can provide you with the insights on where to purchase that particular tequila, get you that 5-star restaurant reservation, or where you can spend the day at the beach without all the crowds and noise. The timeshare salespeople go out of their way to provide you with a concierge service that is personalized to each person they encounter at the airport.
Perks for you
One of the best things that the airport salespeople can offer you is transportation from the airport to your hotel or resort, which is a great thing, especially if you didn’t arrange transportation prior to arriving to the airport. The airport salespeople will make sure that you are not overcharged by any taxi or make sure you are not trying to gather all your bags to get on the local bus transportation. The airport salespeople can also provide you with other discounted tours that can make your Cancun vacation even better such as sailing at sunset, fishing tours, superior spa treatments, and whale watching when in season.
You should really consider letting the Cancun Airport timeshare promoters assist you in getting the best deals for your vacation. It will be a vacation that you will never forget.