After being cold called from so many different firms over the years.. countless times trying to sucker me in for numerous different reasons, I have decided to do the public a service and make my own blog. I will dissect all these companies 1 by 1 in the event to eventually let the world know who are scammers and who are legitimate companies actually here to help us…

Archive for the ‘Scams’ Category

Common identifiers of Timeshare Scams

Unsolicited contact – If a company contacts you claiming to be able to help but you don’t remember ever giving them your contact information, it is probably in your best interest to say thanks, but no thanks.

High-pressure tactics – If a company continues to contact you or pressure you to commit to their services after you have said no or asked for some time to do some research, it is time to move on.

Vague details – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether or not a company contacts you unsolicited, be sure to press them for information regarding the terms of the contract, who the sell timeshare to, how they accomplish this, and how long it takes them on average. If they won’t cough up the info you want, move along, because reputable companies will have no problem giving you any reasonable information you request.

Exaggerated claims – If the company makes claims or promises that seem too good to be true, it is because they probably are. Statements about a “hot” market, pre-qualified buyers, or surprisingly fast sales times should be taken cautiously.

Upfront fees – One of the most common signs you may be dealing with timeshare resale scams is if they want you to pay upfront. Reputable companies do not ask for money up front. If a company wants several hundred, or even thousands, of pounds before they even do work for you, PASS.

Bouncing Back from a Timeshare Resale Scam

In the timeshare resale industry, there are few things that can be more damaging and devastating than timeshare resale scams. These are very real frauds that can cause very real and substantial problems for those who fall victim to their tactics. They are fast becoming one of the most common consumer scams in the country, and despite efforts from the Better Business Bureau and news groups to get the word out about these frauds thousands of people suffer their wrath each year. But what happens if you fall victim to one of these scams? How can you bounce back from them and still successfully get rid of your timeshare?

Despite their commonality, timeshare resale scams are a fairly new problem. As people start to reign in their spending, luxury items like vacations (and this timeshares) are often the first to go. However, getting rid of a timeshare can be a lengthy and complicated process. With so many people trying to sell their properties in order avoid paying costly fees on their property, scammers have stepped up to take advantage.

You may think it is the answer to your prayers – a company that will sell your property for you, and may even have buyers already interested! In a matter of days, maybe even hours, your timeshare can be a distant memory. All you have to do is pay upfront to cover administrative fees and sales costs, and some of it will be refunded once the property sells. Unfortunately, it is all a ruse. The property never sells and your money is gone, leaving you potentially out thousands of pounds and still in possession of your expensive timeshare. Now what?

In many cases, once you are hit with a timeshare resale scam you are at risk of getting scammed again. Recently, people who have were victim to scams have found themselves being contacted by companies offering recovery services to help them get their money back. Again, they just need some money up front. Unfortunately, these are often the same companies that scammed the money out of them in the first place and they find themselves facing the same situation a second time.

Many countries now are helping protect timeshare owners from these scams and those caught face tough prosecution, hefty fines, and restitution. A lot of times these criminals are caught, but the money may be gone and hope of ever getting it back is too. Because of this, the only real way to fight timeshare resale scams is to not fall for the schemes in the first place. Never pay upfront fees for any services and insist you do your own research first. By sticking to your guns and only working with companies you know are reputable you can successfully sell your timeshare quickly without falling victim to and having to deal with the fallout from timeshare resale scams.

Any question contact us: yourtimeshare@hush.com

Avoiding Timeshare Scams

When trying to sell your timeshare it can be a confusing time. There are several options to choose from, but many of them can take a long time and be extremely frustrating. Add to this the fact that timeshare resale scams are some of the most common business frauds as reported by the Better Business Bureau, and getting rid of your timeshare can seem nearly impossible. So what is the best way to avoid timeshare scams and successfully sell your timeshare in a timely and affordable manner.

The easiest and most effective way to avoid these scams is to arm yourself with knowledge and follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Research Your Options

You generally have four options – giving it away, giving it back to your developer, donating to a charity, or selling. Most people choose to sell, since other options are often extremely complicated and difficult. If you choose to sell, you can do this on your own or with the help of a timeshare resale company. Many choose to bring in the professionals, which presents its own list of challenges in the form of timeshare resale scams.

Step 2: Ask the Tough Questions

If you do decide to use a timeshare resale company, be sure to ask the company plenty of questions. How long does it usually take to sell a timeshare? Who do they sell to? What is their sales process? How many other timeshare owners have they helped? What happens if they can’t sell your timeshare? Asking these and other relevant questions will allow you to get a feel for the company and feel out whether or not they are a timeshare scam.

Step 3: Be Assertive

Many of these companies use high pressure tactics to get customers to agree to commit to their services. No matter how much they hassle you, it is important to stand your ground until your are absolutely positive this is the company you want to work with. If they begin to harass you, it is probably time to tell them that you won’t be working with them and move on.

Step 4: Get It In Writing

Whatever they tell you, make sure you get their answers as well as the terms of their agreement in writing before you make any commitment. Read it over and address any concerns you have before you sign anything. This will allow you to cover yourself in the event that they turn out to be a timeshare resale scam.

Step 5: Never Pay Upfront Fees

Charging upfront fees is how these timeshare scams make money. They require their customers to pay them upfront, and these fees can range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand. When they are unable to sell your timeshare they often are able to keep the money through contractual loopholes or by outright stealing the money and disappearing. They will make it seem like these fees are a normal part of the industry, but this is not true. There are timeshare resale companies that do not charge upfront fees and guarantee your satisfaction before you pay them anything. Upfront fees are now illegal in the United Kingdom.

By following these simple steps and relying on trusted resources you can protect yourself from timeshare resale scams and successfully get rid of your timeshare once and for all!

For more info please email us or place a comment on our blog: yourtimeshare@hush.com

How to Identify Timeshare Scams

One of the main deterrents that people list for not wanting to use a timeshare resale company to get rid of their timeshares is the threat of falling victim to timeshare resale scams. As one of the most common business frauds, these scams take millions of pounds from unsuspecting owners each year. To avoid these frauds, it is important to know how to avoid timeshare scams to not only save yourself some money, but a lot of time and hassle as well.

Common signs you may be dealing with timeshare scams include:

Exaggerated Claims

To lure customers into their scheme, many of these fraudulent companies will make exaggerated claims to get people excited. They often claim that the timeshare resale market is extremely active, lots of people are buying timeshares, that they have interested buyers already waiting to purchase your timeshare, and that they can do so very quickly. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Little to No History

Since the goal of these companies is to get as much money out of people as quickly as possible, they usually don’t stick around for very long. If a company you are speaking to is very new yet is claiming to be extremely successful, you should think twice about working with them.

Outstanding Complaints

Not all timeshare resale scams take customer’s money and run. Some are around for a long time, but still manage to con money out of people. If a company has received a lot of complaints or if they have any outstanding complaints from people who feel like they got duped, it is wise to look for help somewhere else.

Vague Details

It is important to ask a lot of questions when you are considering working with a timeshare resale company. Reputable businesses will have no problem answering any questions you have or provide you with any information you need to make a confident decision to work with them. Be suspicious of a scam if they are vague on the details of their company, want you to commit to them quickly, and are unwilling to provide you information upfront.

Upfront Fees

Charging outrageous fees before they provide any real service is how timeshare scams make their money. By claiming they are administrative fees, listing fees, and assessments fees, these scams are able to talk people out of thousands of pounds of their money.

Don’t become another statistic. Do your homework and learn what to look out for when choosing a timeshare resale company. Trusted resources can help you find out what the best approach to take is and help you find a company that will meet your personal requirements and help you sell your timeshare quickly and safely without the threat of timeshare resale scams.

If in doubt email us: yourtimeshare@hush.com

Resort Properties under investigation

We have just receviewed formal notification that the State Prosecutor in Tenerife has ordered a FULL BLOWN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION against Resort Properties and 21 of their employees.

On the 11th April an official notification from court No. 3 in Tenerife was published stating that on the 22 December 2011 the State Prosecutor ordered the police to perform a full investigation.

As part of the investigation I was delighted to see that the list of indicted people included MARK CUSHWAY CEO of Resort Properties.

So, MR ALBERTO GARCIA, head of enforcement of the RDO what do you have to say about this?

Will you STILL chose to IGNORE the statements of over 250 people?

Will you STILL chose to COVER UP a fraud currently standing at 375 MILLION EUROS?

HOW much do you get paid by Resort Properties to turn a blind eye?

Is it REALLY enough to EASE your conscience?

And to the RDO, what do you have to say?

Will you STILL ignore the fact that one of your BIGGEST members, indeed one of your LEADING spokespeople for the RDO and the timeshare industry, MR MARK CUSHWAY has being indicted for his involvement in a MULTI MILLION EURO FRAUD?

Really, WHAT MORE NEEDS TO HAPPEN? HOW MUCH MORE PROOF DO YOU NEED?

Maybe when ALBERTO GARCIA and the RDO are also indicted because of their involvement in this SCAM my questions will be answered……….

Check out the original artical on http://www.mindtimesharetruth.com/

ABC Mediation, or Anthony Bains Cohen?

A new mediation company has been brought to our attention over the past few days called ABC Mediation.

ABC Mediation is cold calling, and it seems (for the moment) that they are targeting DWVC members especially. The story they tell is that the directors of DWVC are to appear in the Mercantile Court of Malaga on the 23rd of May and the victims of this company can place a claim.

ABC Mediation is based in London. Their address Suite 1097, Kemp House, 152 – 160 City Road, London, ECIV 2NX, and contact details are Telephone: 0203 627 4664, Fax: 0203 627 4767 and Email: info@a-b-c-mediation.com

That is exactly the same address and phone numbers as the one for Bains Cohen, a dubious lawyers office who also started cold calling recently with the same story.

The website for ABC Mediation http://www.a-b-c-mediation.com was registered on the 3rd of May 2012.

ABC Mediation charges £378 upfront to cover all costs, on the understanding that the full amount will be recovered from the defendants. Since when does a lawyer guarantee he will win the case?

Apart from the £378 ABC Mediation also invoices a 15% of the agreed settlement if the claim is successful.

All this is explained in the documents they send to the consumer after the initial cold call, including the bank details of Anthony Bains Cohen for the transfer of the fee!

Do we need to say more? We have a dubious lawyers office / Mediation Service who changes name and websites in a timeframe of 1 month, cold calls timeshare consumers and talk about a court case nobody knows off, asks for an upfront fee to be paid by bank transfer and ..it just doesn’t sound right!

Have you been called by Bains Cohen or ABC Mediation from London?

Please let us know: yourtimeshare@hush.com

Kelly Consultants

Another cold caller for our lists: Kelly Consultants from Ireland. They have started their campaign not so long ago and are keen to offer their help with a reclaim.

No explanation on how they obtained the details from the timeshare consumer of course!

Kelly Consultants is actually a UK Companies House registered entity and the registration number is NI055159

Their address Drummore Road, Kilkeel, Co Down, BT34 4LU, Ireland

Contact number 003453 14428617

The person calling Kelly Consultants is Ann Connor, who explains that they are duly registered as a tax consultancy and is very insisting on the fact that the consumer can verify that they are a “Bona Fide” company. The consumer can do this by calling another number and speak to a so called “Legal Advisor”. The name of this legal advisor is Lucy Alexander and the number to call 03300010329

After calling the legal consultant, Kelly Consultants calls back the consumer and continues the previous story about the reclaim and the fact that they have recovered money from the Spanish Government to be paid out to the victims of the scam.

For them to process the claim the consumer has to purchase £500 worth of UKASH Vouchers, give them part of the numbers but hold on to the vouchers until they have completed the claim.

Oops, that sounds familiar and rather worrying!

Did we not see this story already on this blog? Indeed we did!

There are two more companies that actually use or used the same method to convince consumers that they would recover money for them through a claim.

Asset Accounting Services Ltd
Financial Associates Ltd

We appreciate the fact that Kelly Consultants is registered as a company, but the fact that they cold call a timeshare consumer, have his personal details and membership details, claims to recover money from a claim nobody knew about and ask for UKASH vouchers to be purchased..Well it sounds very worrying!

Have you been called by Kelly Consultants from 00345314428617 ?

Please let us know: yourtimeshare@hush.com

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