Smart Tips to Identify Timeshares and Other Vacation Scams

Up to date, one of the biggest and longest running scams is the vacation fraud. This comes in the form where you or a loved one is told that they have won a free vacation package or a glamorous cruise getaway. If not totally free, these agents say that they can get you that dream tour for a rock-bottom price. For timeshare owners, they might encounter offers that will help them get out of their timeshares. Most of these sound too good to be true. But you might ask, what could possibly go wrong? The answer is a lot, apparently.

Well, obviously, nothing is free nowadays. Here are the most common travel and vacation scams:

The Timeshare Scam – Here, you are given a free vacation, but before you enjoy it, you have to sit through a presentation from a timeshare salesman. Most of the times, to get food tickets and accommodation, people have been forced to sit in through long lectures and end up being forced to sign contracts that are also fraudulent. In some cases, when the owners want to get rid of their units, they have been to unscrupulous resale tactics.

The Dubious Travel Agency Scam – You are called and told that you are getting a free vacation package but you must pay fees to reserve this opportunity. After you pay these fees, the travel agency can no longer be found and there is no way you can get your money back.

Plane Tickets for Free- In this scheme, they call you and say you have won two plane tickets to great spots like the Bahamas. What they’re not saying is that you must book your hotel and buy your meals from the company that’s giving away those tickets.

The “Free Vacation” – As you fly all the way to a certain destination, ready to start your vacation, you find out that you are booked in a small and dirty hostel with bad food. If you check out, they’ll tell you that you void your return ticket. Thus, you have a choice to either stay in your bad hotel or pay a horribly inflated fee to get out of it so you can sleep in a decent hotel.

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