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…

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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

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

Typical Scams

One of the current scams that yourtimeshare has received a significant number of complaints about is the resale scam. Timeshare owners are being targeted by fraudsters who are offering to sell their weeks for them.

The victims are being asked to pay upfront fees for any number of reasons and then hear nothing more from the scammers – no sales, no refunds. Others are duped into parting with upfront cash – often hundreds or even thousands of pounds – only to find that the supposed buyer has dropped out of the deal. They are then lured to a foreign country to meet a “corporate buyer” who is interested in buying their week. However, when the owners arrive at their destination they usually find that the corporate buyer is really a sales person who subjects them to a hard-sell presentation for a bogus Holiday Pack.

If there are any questions regarding this please email us, confidentially at: 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/

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

Holiday Letting & Sales offering resale of your timeshare?

A new cold caller alert goes out for a company called Holiday letting & Sales. But there seems to be a slight mix up with names as they also present themselves as Direct Letting & Sales or Holiday Letting Direct.

That might be a result of the numerous name changes that the staff has undergone and they now don’t know who they should be saying they are.

For us it seems clear though, the above are one and the same as Holiday Rentals Direct!

The website from Holiday Letting & Sales Ltd is http://www.lettingsdirect.eu and was registered in December 2011.

But the website is not about Timeshare sales at all, it is a rental website for Holiday Accommodation.

Not sure how that adds up, but maybe the simple explanation is that Holiday Rentals Direct – HRD has such bad reputation on the web and numerous refund claims running, that the change of name had to be done without further delay.

The address of Holiday letting & Sales is a post box Apartado Correos No. 66, Torrox Sur 1, 29793,Torrox, Malaga, Spain. And the telephone number: 0034 952 547 124

No email Address.

There is one thing though that doesn’t change: The Upfront Fee Request!

The cold calling agent from Holiday Letting and Sales explains they want to buy the timeshare off the consumer as they have a client waiting, but in order to do this they need a security bond of £1500

Same story all over again, just a different twist in company name…

We are still waiting for a consumer to step forward about a successful sale with Holiday Rentals Direct, hundreds did step forward to say they paid money and the sale fell through and HRD did not refund..

Have you been called by Holiday Letting & Sales or Holiday Letting Direct from Spanish phone +34 952547124 ? Please let us know!

You can write to us at:
yourtimeshare@hush.com

or place a comment on the blog.

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