Timeshare Travel Scams to Avoid During the Holidays
December 16th 2014 Posted by: SellMyTimeshareNow SMTN Category: Industry News, Travel

It’s officially the holiday season! While filled with merry cheer, family gatherings, and gift giving, the overwhelming amount of online bargain shoppers gives way to opportunities for fraudulent companies to take advantage of holiday travelers. Stay safe while you shop this season and inform yourself on the common travel scams in order to know what to avoid.

1. A deal that seems too good to be true probably is.

Because the holiday season is such a popular time to travel, scam artists are known to take advantage of online shoppers by creating fake online deal links. While many online companies will promote low-price rooms, airfare, and rentals, tread cautiously and think before you click. Verify any deals you see online from other resources or by calling the company before clicking the link and submitting any personal information. Clicking on unknown links can also lead to viruses entering your computer system.

2. Don’t impulse buy.

Especially in the timeshare industry, resort salesmen often put prospective buyers in uncomfortable, high-pressure situations, offering numerous sales incentives and implementing flashy marketing tactics. While the bonuses and cost savings may sound like buying a timeshare is a good investment, make sure to take a step back and read over the contract to know exactly what you would be receiving with your ownership. If they refuse to let you see a contract, or you feel too pressured, walking away is the best decision.

3. Always use a credit card to pay.

Timeshare resale scams are known to make empty promises to owners for a deposit, and then running with their money. Always use a credit card to pay for any type of transaction involving timeshares, travel clubs, etc. Legitimate companies will be happy to take any form of payment, including a credit card — so this shouldn’t be an issue. A credit card is the safest and smartest choice because you can easily track where your money is going and if promised services were misrepresented in any way, it is a lot easier to dispute a charge.

Regardless of what type of expenses you are charging to your card, it is always a good idea to keep a close eye on your statements and report an issue as soon as you see one.

4. Watch out for hidden charges.

Whether it’s a company you recognize or not, make sure to read any fine print that comes with great online deals before purchasing. Websites often flood their web pages with flashy headers promoting deals, like “Offer ends soon!” and “Limited amount available!”, luring in your impulsive side to click that buy button right away. But refrain buying anything before you read for any additional or hidden charges that will be tacked onto that bargain price.

So don’t avoid online shopping completely — especially since there are some great deals out there! Just shop smart and keep these handy tips in mind while browsing timeshare resale and travel websites to make sure you enjoy a holly jolly holiday!

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