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.
Universal Vacation Club International – Scam or Legit?
April 14, 2014
Scams seem to be ever present, especially now that the Internet is a common source for scammers. On the other hand, the internet is also a great source in being able to determine which companies are scams and which are legitimate. You can now perform easy searches to discover scams and frauds.
Lawyers Who Claim to Cancel your Villa del Palmar Timeshare Contract
April 7, 2014
Timeshare lawyers who offer Villa del Palmar timeshare cancellation services are an ever-growing breed and there is much need for caution. While it is unfair to say that all timeshare lawyers are scams, you should take care when dealing with a timeshare lawyer who claims that it is easy to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare contract and get your money back. In reality there is little chance of getting your money back once you have signed a contract to purchase a time share and the cooling off period has passed, unless you have legitimate reason. What most timeshare cancellation lawyers are looking for is for you to pay them high fees to arrange a default on your contract (which neither cancels the contract nor gets you your money back)
What is a legitimate reason for canceling a Villa del Palmar timeshare contract?
There are occasions where cancellation of a Villa del Palmar timeshare contract is legitimate and possible. In those circumstances you will probably be entitled to getting your money back as well as cancellation of your timeshare contract. However, these cases are very rare as you would have to prove that you were intentionally mis-sold a property, lied to deliberately or there was a breach in the contract on the part of Villa del Palmar. It is highly unlikely that the first two of these circumstances can be proved, in addition to the fact that Villa del Palmar have very strict training and regulations for its sales team in an active attempt to clean up the timeshare reputation. The third circumstance is also highly improbable as Villa del Palmar contracts are checked with a fine tooth comb by legal aids.
So what does a timeshare cancellation lawyer offer?
In that case, you are probably wondering what a timeshare lawyer can actually do for you. The answer is, not a lot except charge you fees for advice. If you have a legitimate case you will probably find that you can negotiate directly with Villa del Palmar without the aid of a lawyer and save yourself the hefty legal costs.
Beware Cold-Calling Villa del Palmar Timeshare Lawyers
The worst kind of timeshare lawyers are those who call unsolicited to offer to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare. Under these circumstances, you can be pretty sure it is a scam and that the process is going to cost you money without a lot to show for it.
What is a Timeshare Attorney?
February 24, 2014
A timeshare attorney is a legal representative who can act on your behalf in a court of law. Unlike a timeshare lawyer, attorneys have the authority to represent you legally in court. A timeshare lawyer on the other hand can only offer you legal advice or guide you through a timeshare contract and so on.
The occasions when you might need a timeshare attorney are few. People who have been involved with a deliberate timeshare scam may call upon the services of an attorney to represent them against a fraudulent company. In these cases a class action suit may be a good idea. In the case of a deliberate scam, you will find there are many others in the same position as you and it may work out in you favor to join together in a class action suit and save on attorney fees. However, always beware of timeshare attorneys who approach you to join a class action against a genuine company, as you are not likely to win and the attorney will simply make a profit out of you.
Other occasions where a timeshare attorney may be necessary is if you have gotten behind on your maintenance fees. If you stop paying your timeshare maintenance fees, you will be vulnerable to a suit against you by the timeshare operator. In those cases you will need to seek legal assistance or pay your fees. It is much easier to pay your fees than contracting an expensive timeshare attorney. You will find that you can come to a payment plan without using a lawyer or an attorney to represent you in court if you speak directly to the timeshare operator.
The other thing to remember is that there are very few attorneys who are dedicated solely to timeshare, therefore, you are best to seek a recommendation from a friend. It is also wise to avoid pop-up adverts on the internet or on timeshare forums promoting timeshare lawyers or attorneys.
Timeshare Scam at Villa del Palmar
February 17, 2014
The term “scam” should be the last word you use with the Villa del Palmar brand, not only because of its 30 year long impeccable reputation but also because of the quality provided and the continued positive customer reviews that Villa del Palmar receives. Unfortunately, however, the Villa del Palmar brand has been tainted with the threat of scams due to the activities of fraudulent timeshare resale companies and fake presentation scams. The good news is that these scams are easy to avoid with a little common sense.
How to Avoid a Villa del Palmar Timeshare Scam
When you follow one simple piece of advice, the threat of a timeshare scam is reduced almost to zero. Always buy a Villa del Palmar timeshare direct from the developer. The developer in the case of Villa del Palmar is Villagroup, and the operator of its vacation club services is UVCI (Universal Vacation Club International). Purchasing direct from the Villagroup during a Villa del Palmar presentation guarantees that you are buying a genuine product and that you are not being scammed.
Most Villa del Palmar Timeshare scams occur during the resale process, at which point The Villagroup has no way of helping you in the event of a scam. Buying a Villa del Palmar timeshare on the internet or through eBay, may sound like a great bargain, but the reality is that you cannot 100% trust that what you are buying is legitimate. Just imagine paying for flights to Mexico only to discover when you arrive that the Villa del Palmar timeshare you bought on a timeshare resale site is not valid!
Another timeshare scam is when you are taken to what seems to be a “Villa del Palmar” presentation in a location that is not on the resort site or in one of its sister resorts. You are shown images etc and perhaps told that the resort is not built yet. In these instances, you should double check the validity of the sales team by contacting Villagroup to verify that the sales office has permission to sell their timeshares. In the past, some timeshare enthusiasts have been duped by fake sellers who do not have the right to sell you a timeshare at Villa del Palmar.
When going to a timeshare presentation at a resort, always recall the name of the resort where you were originally promised a tour. For example, if you are approached by a promoter on the street or at the airport who wishes to take you to see a Villa del Palmar property, make sure that they do indeed take you to a Villa del Palmar resort. There have been cases where promoters are bribed to take couples to an alternative resort rather than the resort that has permission from City Hall to work on the streets or in the airport. The promoter may appear to be legitimate because they work in the airport, but if they don’t take you to the resort they promise, be very wary.
Current Villa del Palmar timeshare owners should also be careful when approached to sell your timeshare, as these are more often than not a scam whereby you pay a fee to join an agency who will never sell your timeshare. Any unsolicited phone calls from anyone asking you to sell your timeshare or join an action group are usually scams. If you have not contacted them directly yourself, don’t trust them.
Villa del Palmar Resale Scams Uncovered
February 3, 2014
No one wants to be on the receiving end of a scam, and dealing with timeshare resales is a sure way to put yourself at risk of a scam. Over the last few years, resale scams have taken the Internet and timeshare forums by storm, with multiple timeshare resale agents emerging claiming to deal in a lucrative market of timeshare buying and selling.
The first thing to remember about timeshare in general is that it is not an investment like stocks and shares – your investment is not going to make you big returns unless you are lucky enough to keep your timeshare rented throughout the length of your contract – and even in those cases you are not going to get rich overnight. Therefore, anyone claiming to resell your Villa del Palmar timeshare for a price that is too good to be true usually has a catch up their sleeve, like an introduction fee or surveyors charges.
Villa del Palmar resale scammers do not always wait for you to contact them through their adverts on timeshare forums and complaint boards, the big scams target happy timeshare owners too. Often, Villa del Palmar owners who have no intention of selling their timeshare are manipulated into selling their timeshare after receiving a phone call or letter claiming to have an interested party in buying their Villa del Palmar timeshare for a great price. The mild scams will just charge an introduction fee and then disappear, while the bigger scammers can even leave you high and dry with no timeshare to call your own.
In almost all cases, if you really want to sell your Villa del Palmar timeshare and cannot rent it to friends and family, you would be best to look privately for a buyer. In the case that this is not possible, do some good research into reputable agents that only charge commission on the sale and no upfront fees.
The world of timeshare resale is like a mine-field, so beware the scams!
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Timeshare Cooling Off Period Explained
January 9, 2014
Every timeshare purchase comes with a cooling off period that immediately follows the moment you sign the contract. After this time you will be unable to cancel or change your timeshare contract unless you are going to upgrade to a more elite membership or luxurious property.
As the name suggests, once you have got over the initial excitement of buying a fraction of paradise, some people need to feel secure in their freedom to be able to cancel their timeshare before it is too late. In practice, few people actually cancel their timeshare during the cooling off period but just knowing that you can often brings about a sense of security and relief, just in case!
How much time is the cooling off period?
It is hard to give an exact time as each country has different laws regarding the cooling off period. Usually you have between 7 and 14 days, sometimes more, sometimes less to cancel your timeshare legally. If you wish to cancel during the cooling off period you will need to find out the requirements for the particular country where you bought your timeshare. Some countries ask for a special pro-forma. It is almost impossible to cancel a timeshare contract after this time has passed, unless you can prove that the timeshare company was fraudulent in some way or that your contract is illegal.
If in doubt, call the timeshare developer where you bought your unit and ask about the specific requirements
Timeshare in Mexico Revealed
January 4, 2014
Mexico is a great place to own a timeshare, especially if you live in Canada or the United States. There are so many reason why people are happy with their timeshare in Mexico from the weather and the country’s natural beauty to the great prices and amazing accommodations. Below you will find the lowdown on the benefits of buying a timeshare in Mexico.
One of the attractions of owning a timeshare in Mexico is the guaranteed sunny weather and great temperatures year round. Whatever season you buy your timeshare week you are going to be happy with the climate in Mexico; you would have to be very unlucky indeed to have bad weather for the whole week of your stay (famous last words!). In fact the most pleasant temperatures and sunny days in Mexico are during the winter months. This allows greater options for timeshare owners and means that you are not limited to buying premium weeks to ensure the best weather.
Mexico’s beaches are up there with the best in the world and popular destinations like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun all offer great timeshare properties. These coastal destinations have stunning natural scenery with tropical mountains, deserts and spectacular ocean views and offer a host of different activities for all ages, from mountain biking, swimming with dolphins, whale tours, fishing trips and golf to name but a few.
Another advantage of buying a timeshare in Mexico is the price of the great accommodations on sale. The cost of manual labor and the price of materials are, on the whole, a lot lower than in other countries which has a knock on effect on the price of properties. You can buy stunning luxury timeshare accommodations at very reasonable prices. The other financial advantage coming from Canada and the United States is the low cost of airfares and the short distances you have to travel. Many cities in North America have direct flights to the top destinations in Mexico.
Mexico timeshare is also a pretty safe investment. The major timeshare companies have been around for a while and have a proven track record. Even during the recent economic crisis, these developers continued to thrive and expand. The Mexican government has also put some policies in place to help regulate the timeshare industry, which helps increase confidence in the market.
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.