Presentation Scams for Timeshare in Cabo San Lucas
May 5, 2014
Cabo San Lucas is a pretty safe Mexican beach destination when it comes to timeshare scams, especially presentation scams. There are currently no reported presentation scams to beware of, although you can never be too careful. This article is going to outline some of the potential presentation scams you could encounter in Cabo and ways to safeguard yourself.
The first point of contact with a timeshare presentation in Cabo is your key indication of whether you are heading towards a presentation scam or not. In Cabo San Lucas, there are only certain licensed areas where you can be legitimately approached by a timeshare street promoter. For example, the airport is a legitimate place where you may be approached by a promoter from a genuine timeshare company, although they will be within an official area. Do not trust any promoter who approaches you outside of the airport or in a taxi on your way to your Cabo resort.
Certain restaurants, stores, art gallery and cafes in Cabo San Lucas may be granted as authorized locations for timeshare promoters to operate. In these case you can expect to see identification that indicates they have permission to work on the street. Save yourself from a presentation scam by avoiding anyone who suspiciously approaches at a Cabo bus stop, on the beach, inside a general convenience store or walking down a street without any stores or restaurants. Most genuine timeshare promoters in Cabo San Lucas will have an official stand or be able to show you identification.
Once you have arrived to the timeshare presentation in Cabo, you can also tell if you are likely to be scammed. Never trust a resort that does not take you to the resort being sold to you. Be very suspicious if you are being sold from photographs, or the seller from a genuine company wants to meet you elsewhere to close the deal. Always sign your contract at the resort where you are going to buy the timeshare in Cabo to avoid any potential fraudulent transactions.
Finally, you can smell a scam from the kind of gift you are being offered to attend a timeshare presentation in Cabo. Over the top gifts are likely to be a scam of some sort, whether that be a really hard sale tactic, paying “taxes” to receive the gift or an over the odds postage charge. Realistic gifts like discounts, vouchers, free excursions or discounted tours are standard kinds of free gifts offered by reputable companies. You may also find some time share companies may offer discounted vacation accommodation to attract you to visit the resort before you buy.