Here at the Villa Group timeshare division, we value our members, and it is our obligation to warn our Villa del Palmar members about the potential timeshare scams that are being focused at our timeshare and vacation club members. The timeshare scams target both our Villa del Palmar members as well as potential timeshare owners. Recently, there has been an increase in timeshare scams within the hospitality industry and it is important that you inform yourself as best as possible to avoid a timeshare scam and keep your Villa del Palmar membership safe.
Villa del Palmar Timeshare Scams
You might be thinking to yourself, “I am a member of Villa del Palmar vacation club so how can I get scammed?” You may be stunned to find out about the ingenious ways the timeshare scammers work, targeting the best timeshare vacation clubs. We encourage you to take a few minutes to read the important article below, so you will keep yourself protected and safe from any timeshare and vacation club member scams.
Rental Agency Scams for Villa del Palmar Timeshares
Beware of any type of rental scams if you are going to rent a vacation property that isn’t yours or a friend or family member’s. Unfortunately, the rental agency scammers pretend to be genuine rental agents and they charge high fees to find you a vacation rental or even rent out your vacation timeshare. You can avoid being taken by these scam artists, and to do so you should always select a rental agency that has been recommended to you by a professional or friend, and the rental agency should only charge you a commission fee instead of any upfront fees.
This kind of timeshare scam is particularly important to know about if you are considering renting your Villa del Palmar timeshare.
Villa del Palmar Resale Scams
The resale scams that occur are hard to detect at times, because these scam artists will contact Villa del Palmar timeshare members by email and/or by telephone. They will even contact members by mail, then they make false promises that tell members that they can resell their membership for a hefty fee. The scam artists use a trick, which claim that there is a potential buyer that wants to pay a big price just for their membership, and the trick is they ask you to pay a fee just so you can get all the buyer’s information. After you pay the ‘so called’ fee, then you will never hear from the resale scammers again, because there was never a buyer in the first place.
Cancellation Timeshare Scams at Villa del Palmar
If you are a new Villa del Palmar timeshare member, you may be targeted by cancellation scammers. Cancellation timeshare scams usually involve agents who claim to be lawyers who can cancel your timeshare on your behalf. Often these companies advertise this service as free, later hitting you with hefty fees for a service that is not valid. Members then find themselves with a default on a loan they thought had been canceled. Once the cooling off period has passed, timeshare contracts are legally binding and cannot be canceled, so these timeshare scammers are selling a false promise.
If You Have Been Involved in a Scam, You Should Do This:
If you have been involved in a Villa del Palmar timeshare scam or believe you have been scammed, then you should contact the Member Services for the Villa del Palmar resort where you purchased your timeshare to report it. You should then contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Business Fraud Division at 1-877-382-4357 and make a formal complaint. You should also contact your state’s Attorney General’s office. If you want to find the number for your personal state Attorney General, then you can look online or your local yellow pages. You should also report all scams and fraudsters to ARDA at www.arda.org/advisories. Make sure you have a copy of all the papers and materials you receive.