Personal Data Fraud by Timeshare Attorney Firm
January 3, 2014
Beware New Timeshare Scam!
The Villagroup have issued a warning to its members of a new timeshare scam after discovering a number of its most loyal and satisfied members had been approached by what seems to be bogus representatives of a timeshare attorney firm.
The alarm was called when Villa del Palmar owners and Villa Preferred Access members were contacted by telephone and asked to provide their personal details. The callers claimed to be legal representatives from a timeshare attorney firm preparing a class action suit to take The Villagroup to court, despite the fact that none of the members who were called had solicited information regarding this. It is unclear whether the calls were carried out by fraudulent individuals or an organized group.
The scam emerges at a time when many people are at home during the dark winter evenings, targeting the most popular timeshare resort names. The best way to protect yourself from any kind of fraud or scam is to be sure that you know the person or the company that is calling you and avoid giving out your personal details over the phone.
Why Avoid Villa del Palmar Timeshare Resales
December 25, 2013
Timeshare resales often look like a great deal, especially if you are considering a Villa del Palmar timeshare property. Thanks to the excellent track record of the Villagroup’s chain of resorts, you know you will be purchasing a quality product in a great Mexican resort. However, there are many disadvantages to buying a resale rather than directly from the developer, in addition to the risk you run of being caught in a resale scam.
When you look into the possibility of buying a resale that claims to be a timeshare at one of the Villa del Palmar resorts in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas or Loreto, you should make sure that you are really buying a genuine property. There have been cases of bogus sellers, promoting Villa del Palmar properties for resale who then deliver a unit in an alternative resort, or simply disappear from the scene. Whether private sellers or timeshare agents, make sure you get your own lawyer to look over the contract.
In many cases, when you buy a resale timeshare, you are not entitled to the same privileges as the original owner, such as access to vacation club membership. In the case of Villa del Palmar, Villa Preferred Access acts like a vacation club whereby you can swap your timeshare unit for other destinations within the Villa Group. When you purchase a Villa del Palmar resale unit, you are not guaranteed access to these rights.
Simply put, when you do not buy a timeshare from the original developer while physically on the property, you are in more danger of being scammed, and you do not have the same legal rights as if you were buying directly. You really need to make sure the contract covers all eventualities, including the death of the original owner as there have been various cases where second hand buyers have lost their timeshare units upon the death of the original owner because of inheritance laws.
On the other side of the coin, as an owner of a Villa del Palmar timeshare you should also beware of agents claiming to have a buyer for your property. This is a common scam whereby owners who bought their property more than a few years ago are approached with attractive offers to purchase their timeshare. In these cases, the timeshare owners will probably stand to make a great profit according to the prices offered and inflation, but the reality is that you have to pay the agent to act on your behalf, and once you have handed over your money, you find that your property (that you never wanted to sell in the first place!) is now on an eternal waiting list.
Villa Preferred Access
December 24, 2013
As the name suggests, Villa Preferred Access is a points system offered by The Villagroup to its timeshare owners who have fixed week timeshare properties at one of the Villa del Palmar resorts and to new clients buying their first timeshare. The idea is that those owners who bought a timeshare with Villagroup as a fixed week purchase can benefit from the flexibility and opportunities of a points scheme by transferring their week to Villa Preferred Access. Those who currently buy a Villa del Palmar timeshare will automatically qualify to join the scheme.
So what is so great about Villa Preferred Access?
Once you have turned your timeshare week into points, you have more freedom about when you can use your vacation property and for how long you wish to stay. Depending on your membership you can use your points to stay in accommodations in any of the Villa del Palmar resorts, and are more flexible about how long you might stay. With Villa Preferred Access, you no longer have to reserve for a full week, you can decided to divide you week into two shorter getaways.
Another benefit is that you can save your points for the following year. Perhaps you wish to stay somewhere for longer, or in a bigger unit to make room for your extended family. Whatever your reasons, Villa Preferred Access offers the opportunity for you to make your timeshare work for you.
When you buy a Villa del Palmar timeshare you can also take advantage of exchanges within the Villa group inventory of resorts, making a swap fairly easy. Likewise, with Villa Preferred Access, your points are eligible for Interval International vacation club, where you can exchange your timeshare for destinations around the world as well as cruises.
It is simple! Villa Preferred Access means you can “access” MORE.
Common Timeshare Scams
November 22, 2013
Before going into the details about some of the most common time share scams, it should be stated that time share as a concept is not a scam, rather there are dubious companies out there profiting in a fraudulent way from the guise of time share. In fact, time share can be an excellent investment if the model suits your vacation habits; therefore it is important to remember that if you buy with a reputable company with a great track record, there is very little chance of running into a scam.
Resale phone calls
Beware of any unsolicited phone calls from agents claiming they have found you a buyer for your time share. If you are not looking to sell, this is probably a scam. You will be expected to pay for the details of the buyer who mysteriously never answers your calls.
Gifts with a Catch
To make time share presentations attractive, all operators offer incentives which are usually genuine. However, if the incentive seems too good to be true, then it probably is just that! Some deliberate scams make you pay a high fee to have your free gift delivered and sometimes you simply never receive it if you don’t buy a time share.
Time Share Properties that Never Get Built
Another scam that can cost a lot of money and heartbreak is the pre-sale scam that encourages you to buy a property that has not yet been built. You hand over your money based on the prospect of your dream second home, but it never gets built or the company goes bust. The way to avoid this type of scam is to research the time share developer before even attending a presentation. The genuine companies will be obvious, even with a quick on line check.
Trade in Time Share Scam
Some people are tricked into buying a second time share or joining a timeshare points scheme on the premise that the time share company will sell your old property. If you are offered this service, you are very likely being scammed and you will end up being responsible for two timeshares. The genuine option you have is to add your time share to a vacation club and begin to exchange it for other destinations.
Who really benefits from a timeshare class action suit?
November 7, 2013
If you are considering a class action suit against a timeshare company then you really need to make sure that your case is legitimate and that you are certain the timeshare company are in breach of contract law. When the company is a genuine operator with an excellent track record like Disney, Villa del Palmar, RCI etc, then you need to have hard, fool-proof evidence, as it is only in very rare circumstances that companies like these would leave themselves vulnerable to lawsuits and legal action.
What is more commonly the case is that legal firms and online companies take advantage of timeshare owners who are unhappy with some clause in their timeshare contract, offering them full purchase refunds if they were to win the case. When the lawsuit is a collective representative action, it becomes more attractive to owners who are considering canceling their contract as the seeming cost is not as high as if you were to take legal action individually. What they don’t tell you is that you are not very likely to win and their fees will be paid regardless. So the real winners are the lawyers.
When you have experienced an organized timeshare scam, where you have been sold properties that will never be built etc then a class action suit would be a beneficial move. In those circumstances, contact a reputable lawyer who comes recommended and avoid adverts on the internet targeting timeshare forums.