Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Avoid the Villa Group Timeshare

Avoid the Villa Group Timeshare

Have you been warned to stay away from the Villa Group? Perhaps you have been told that this timeshare company is not ethical, or that it is an outright scam… Here is all you need to know if you have been told to avoid the Villa Group timeshare.

Have you need told to avoid the Villa Group timeshare?

If you have, we would be willing to bet that you have found this “information” on a site hosted by those who claim to be able to offer cancellation services. Perhaps you are doing some research before buying a timeshare, or you have recently bought a Villa Group timeshare; in either case you will find all that you need to know right here.

Should you avoid the Villa Group timeshare?

First things first; there is no need for you to avoid the Villa Group as a timeshare provider. On the contrary, the Villa Group is one of the most reputable and well-reviewed companies in Mexico. If you really want to spend your vacations in Mexico on a regular basis, you might consider what the Villa Group has to offer, just as you would any other reputable hospitality chain.

The Villa Group timeshare

The Villa Group is a longstanding and respected hospitality company with more than 30 years experience in this business. A timeshare membership with the Villa Group today is a far cry from the traditional fixed week memberships of old; nowadays, these memberships are wholly flexible, and are designed for people who want to get the very best from their vacations. The official name for the Villa Group’s current timeshare program is “Villa Preferred Access” with a membership named “Club Caribe” available when you purchase timeshare at Villa del Palmar Cancun. Both of these memberships allow for ultimate flexibility by using a points based system which enables members to ensure their vacations are always tailored to their needs and desires.

Where can you stay with a Villa Group timeshare?

When you have a Villa Group timeshare membership you can stay in top locations across Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, Cabo san Lucas, and the islands of Loreto are just some of the destinations open to you.

Who claims you should avoid the Villa Group timeshare? 

If you search online for reviews of the Villa Group timeshare you will certainly find plenty of positive Villa Group timeshare reviews (including some video testimonials) from happy members. Amongst the genuine Villa Group timeshare reviews, you might also find a couple of comments left by people sharing a not-so-great experience, in which case, take a look at the way the Villa Group resolves those issues. Unfortunately, you will also find a number of fraudulent timeshare reviews saying you should avoid the Villa Group timeshare (and other reputable timeshare companies—no timeshare company is safe) that have been strategically placed by cancellation scammers looking to get your time, attention, and (of course) your money.

You can usually tell which reviews are scams by simply copying and pasting the comment to see if it is repeated in various forums and pages.  You will often find that cancellation scammers pretend to be genuine clients, saying the same thing about a variety of timeshare companies in order to promote their cancellation scams. In this case, the Villa Group timeshare is not the only target—all genuine timeshare companies are targeted by cancellation scammers.

How to avoid a timeshare scam?

If you want to avoid a scam at every stage of your timeshare experience you should, first and foremost, buy direct from a reputable dealer with 10 or more years in business, check out current members reviews, and go through the literature on the company’s website. Furthermore you should remember that resale and cancellation scams pose the most significant risk in many cases.

Cancellation scams are the easiest to spot because you cannot actually cancel your timeshare after you pass the rescission (or “cooling off”) period. If someone claims to be able to do this for you, in return for a fee, be very wary and do not wire them money. If you are within the rescission period still, you can cancel without their help so don’t let them fool you either way!

Resale scams are a little harder to spot, but you can put a few safeguards in place when you buy and sell on this market. First and foremost you should never ever pay upfront to an agent who is claiming to be able to sell your timeshare or sell you a timeshare. Double check the legitimacy and status of the membership (make sure there’s no debt on it) before you buy it, and attempt to deal with the seller as directly as possible.

So – what do you think? Should you really avoid the Villa group timeshare?

Monday, November 6, 2017

What happens if I stop paying for my timeshare?

What happens if I stop paying for my timeshare?

This is a common question you will find on various timeshare forums and complaint websites. Sometimes the question is posed by genuine clients looking to see what their options are, but often it is posted by timeshare cancellation scammers as a means of promoting their fake, (and often illegal) services. Here is some unbiased information about what can happen if your stop paying for your timeshare.

What happens if I stop paying for my timeshare?

If you find that you cannot make your repayments on your timeshare or keep up to date with your annual dues, the best thing you can do is inform yourself about what will happen if you forfeit on your timeshare payments. You may face risks to your credit rating and potential legal action.

Contact your timeshare company

Your first option should be to contact your timeshare provider to see if there is any program that will help you make your payments. Oftentimes, people think their only option is to stop paying for their timeshare and face the legal consequences. First speak to your timeshare provider.

The consequences if you stop paying for your timeshare

The consequences you face if you stop paying for your timeshare will vary depending upon your circumstances and how much you have left to pay on your timeshare loan. If you are behind on your maintenance fees, you will probably find that you can quickly get back on track and up-to-date once your finances improve. However, if you can’t make your loan repayments on a timeshare, you could be in for a rough ride and severe damage to your credit score.

Consequences of not paying your timeshare maintenance fees

Each timeshare company has its own policy, but most will assess delinquency fees followed by interest charges on the outstanding balance. These charges may accrue monthly or daily. In order to be able to use your timeshare, you have to be up to date with your payments. Therefore, the first consequence when you stop paying your timeshare maintenance fees is that you can no longer use your timeshare. If you start to pay your fees again after being delinquent, you will usually owe a reinstatement fee, too. Eventually, if you show no signs of paying your dues, your debt will be sold to a collection agency (more on this below).

Consequences of defaulting on your timeshare loan repayments

Defaulting on your timeshare loan repayments can have an even more detrimental effect. Did you know that you can risk foreclosure if you stop paying for your timeshare? It’s true. Just like if you stop paying your home loan or mortgage, if you stop paying for your timeshare, you will risk foreclosure. Also, if you used your credit card to purchase your timeshare, you will still be liable for those repayments. In both cases, if you fail to meet your payment obligations, you may face legal action. For example, timeshare companies can sue owners who stop paying for their timeshares.

Debt collection agencies

In many instances, your timeshare debt will be sold to a collection agency. Unfortunately, debt collection agencies are a great deal less friendly to work with than timeshare companies are--in fact, collection agencies are known for near-constant harassment. Furthermore, your default on payment may be reported to the Internal Revenue Service, which could complicate any future investments you’d like to make.

Your credit rating

Once your debt has been handed over to a collection agency, your credit rating is immediately compromised. If you stop paying for your timeshare, you can be sure that your credit rating will be negatively affected for at least a period of time, even if you are finally able to rectify the the situation and get back on track with your payments. This will make it difficult for you to get loans, financing, or credit in the future.

Beware timeshare cancellation scams

Another consequence of not paying for your timeshare is that you are likely to become vulnerable to timeshare cancellation scams as a means of avoiding a bad credit rating and having to keep up with payments. Unfortunately, unless you are within the cooling-off period directly following the purchase of your timeshare, there is no legal way to cancel your timeshare contract. Unfortunately, companies that market timeshare cancellation services will take your money for a service they cannot legitimately provide.

So, as you can see, there is no happy ending if you stop paying for your timeshare. Just like any big purchase, you have a responsibility to pay. If in doubt, contact your timeshare provider to see what your options are. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tech Support Scams

Tech Support Scams

Scammers find the most ingenious ways to target people these days. One such scam that has been around for a number of years, but which continues to catch people out, is the tech support scam. Find out more below…

Tech support scams

Tech support scams are a particular type of scam that uses malware (software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems) to trick unsuspecting victims. You are lured into contacting a fake support team, be it by telephone, message service or email.

Fake support staff

You are contacted by fake support staff who claim they have detected a problem with your computer or laptop. They might claim you have any number of problems from licensing issues, system errors or by displaying blank screens on your computer. The scam comes when they try to get you to pay them in order to fix the problems they claim you have with your computer. In more invasive scams, they may ask you to give them remote access to your computer in order to fix it, at which point your secure information is vulnerable.

Website hosted scams

The most common scams are those hosted on websites. You might be browsing information and suddenly see a pop-up message or your screen goes blank etc and you believe you have a computer virus. The trick comes when you see a message from Windows or Apple telling you there was a system error and to call a particular number. The number may be one that charges you a high fee for the call, or the tech support imposter will try to gain access to your computer or charge a fee to correct the problem.

What to do if you have already fallen foul of these kinds of scams according to Microsof[1] t:

     Turn off all remote management tools you may have, or better still, uninstall them.
     Clean your computer with an antivirus
     Make sure you have all of your updates, especially security updates.
     Change all of your passwords.
     Check with your credit card provider and report the scam.
     Be vigilant and watch for unusual activity
     Restore your computer to its previous state.

Have you been victim of a tech support scam? Share your experiences in the comments box.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Search for Garza Blanca Timeshare Reviews

Search for Garza Blanca Timeshare Reviews

If you are trying to differentiate between real and fake timeshare companies, try looking at customer reviews. With this in mind, this blog will give information of how to conduct your research for the top Garza Blanca timeshare reviews.

So, how do I get started with my Garza Blanca timeshare review research?

Right here on this website

First of all, this site is a good starting point for finding current customer reviews from people who have stayed at Garza Blanca Resorts as well as other reputation timeshare properties in Mexico. Some of the reviews are written, and some are in video form.  We also highly recommend Garza Blanca timeshare members comment on our site to give firsthand accounts of what these properties are like. Make it a habit to read all comments found here.

Garza Blanca timeshare reviews on Facebook

Facebook pages are a great place to find company reviews, and Garza Blanca has one full of member reviews.

Garza Blanca timeshare reviews on YouTube

Thanks to the vlogging trend, YouTube has become a reliable source for Garza Blanca timeshare reviews since the company uploads testimonials regularly on its YouTube channel. Independent reviews are also found on YouTube from people who would like to share their experiences. Please refer to this review example: (

Garza Blanca timeshare reviews on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a website that can help you determine if a company is a scam.  If something’s not right about a company, you can bet people have spoken out about it.   Since anyone can comment on this site, you may get a few duds when it comes to negative reviews that actually may be retaliation from ex-employees. Make sure to read the comments thoroughly to determine if the complaint is legitimate or just an employee being spiteful.

For the most part, Garza Blanca timeshare reviews have been positive. Also, look at the date of the complaint because some issues could have been resolved since the time of the review—especially if it was posted years ago.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Timeshare Upgrades - Solution or scam?

Timeshare Upgrades - Solution or scam?

The topic of this week’s post is to discuss whether you should upgrade your timeshare membership in order to solve any usage problems you might be encountering with your vacation club. Some timeshare owners find that the level of their membership makes it difficult for them to enjoy their timeshare, forcing them to consider trying to cancel their timeshare (often falling foul to a scam). This article is dedicated to those people wanting clarity about timeshare upgrades.

I can’t use my timeshare, therefore it must be a scam!

Some of the complaints you will read on the internet about timeshare will focus on the fact that the person was sold a timeshare that he or she (seemingly) cannot use. Most of these cases relate to timeshare members who have bought the lowest level of membership at a resort, which limits them to only being able to make reservations in the most popular units, which are in high demand and therefore hard to reserve. This requires that they book their vacations up to two years in advance or as soon as possible.

When you have first purchased your timeshare, you are therefore at a disadvantage as other members have already booked the most popular dates in your unit type. Hence the relatively high numbers of new timeshare members who first think they have bought into a timeshare scam.  These clients sometimes take their complaints to forums and fake timeshare cancellation services rather than actually find a real solution to their timeshare concern with the original timeshare company. That’s where timeshare cancellation scammers start to take advantage.

What’s the real solution?

The best solution in these instances when you have purchased a timeshare from a reputable vacation club is to look into your options to upgrade your membership which allows you greater choice and flexibility on the kinds of units and locations where you can stay. Just be sure that your are upgrading your current membership and not purchasing a new one that runs alongside your original membership. Also, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a competitor timeshare company will purchase your old timeshare and replace it with an upgraded version; the reality is that you will be left to attend to both timeshare memberships and both maintenance fees.

Other alternatives to timeshare upgrades include banking your timeshare for future years until you have enough points to use the kind of suite that you require. Many reputable timeshare companies offer this option. Likewise, you might reserve any week that is available and then exchange it through an exchange network like Interval International or RCI for other dates that suit your schedule, and even other destinations. Likewise, you could rent out that week.

The key to successful timeshare membership

In many ways the key to successful timeshare membership is to view your timeshare as an ongoing investment in experiences whereby as you finances grow you can make your membership work more and more in your favor. Therefore, once you have become a timeshare member with a reputable company, the best solution is to upgrade your timeshare membership as your finances allow you. That way you will get the best from your timeshare.

Beware timeshare cancellation companies

Be very wary of timeshare solution companies that claim to offer you a free consultation about cancelling a timeshare contract, especially if they claim they can recover the money you paid towards the timeshare. This is not possible to cancel a timeshare after the rescission period has passed, no matter what your circumstances. If you find yourself still within the rescission period (known as the cooling-off period), you do not need to pay a cancellation company to help you do this. Timeshare cancellation companies are scams.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to Choose a Vacation Rental

How to Choose a Vacation Rental

If you plan for your next getaway to include a stay at a vacation rental, there are several factors that you should consider before plunking down your hard-earned cash on the deposit.  Every traveler is different, which means one person’s ideal retreat could be another family’s worst nightmare.  While researching options in your destination may require some extra time and effort, it will definitely be worth it when you find yourself in a dreamy rental that is so wonderful that it makes it hard to go back home.  Here are some tips on how to navigate the sometimes overwhelming task of booking a vacation rental:

Identify Your Must-Haves

We all have priorities, and it is important to figure out what yours are before you commit to a rental.  Do you want to avoid the stairs by staying somewhere on the ground floor?  Are you looking for a spectacular view?  Would you like a quiet retreat where you can recharge and unwind?  Are nearby amenities important to you, and would you like to be within walking distance of restaurants, shops, etc.?  Do you want a waterfront escape by the beach or lake?  Nailing down the answers to these questions will help you narrow your search in an efficient manner. 

Choose Your Destination

Is there a certain country you’ve been dying to visit?  Have you dreamt of seeing a specific city as long as you can remember?  Is there a particular event you are traveling for?  Once you decide where you are headed, you can start to pinpoint specific neighborhoods within your destination based on your personal criteria. 

Rely on Help from the Internet

While we all know that you can’t believe everything you see or read on the internet, it can still be an extremely helpful tool when planning a trip.  Websites from TripAdvisor to AirBnB can help you visualize what you’re after and pinpoint what you would like to do in your destination.

DIY or Agent?

Decide whether you would like to do all of the research yourself, which can add up to several hours, or give a general idea of what you are after to an agent and let them handle gathering the necessary information about rental availability. 

Narrow Your Choices

Once you have found some interesting potential properties, compile a shortlist of your top choices.  From there, make sure you read several reviews to give you an idea of what previous travelers have experienced, good or bad.  This is a crucial step that you won’t regret! 

Review Contract

Don’t just skim the paperwork and sign on the dotted line.  Pay close attention to the fine print so you have a thorough understanding of all of the policies before you agree to renting any place, no matter how amazing it may seem. 

Make a Deposit

When you have finally settled on a vacation rental, make sure you put down a deposit to ensure you have it held for the specific dates you need it for.  If possible, pay the deposit fee with a credit card so that there is a paper trail should you have any problems down the line.  Avoid cash transfers as this is an easy way for scammers to get their hands on your money while leaving you without a legitimate place to stay.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Beware Mexican Timeshare Resale Scams

Beware Mexican Timeshare Resale Scams

The Mexican timeshare industry has long been targeted by scammers and fraudsters, but these days it’s not fake Mexican timeshare providers you need to look out for. As the industry has become more tightly regulated, these types of scams have trickled away, and have been replaced by timeshare resale and cancellation fraud.

Mexican Timeshare Scam Identity Theft

It used to be the case that you could check on the legitimacy of any company or person who approached you with an internet search and a check through Better Business Bureau, but these days that’s becoming less reliable. You see, scammers these days are also indulging in identity theft; they very often take on the guise of a legitimate Mexican timeshare company, or the name of someone who works for a legitimate company, in order to fool people into trusting them. Not only does this help them to gain your trust quickly, but it will also enable them to make a clean getaway with their ill-gotten funds. As a result, it’s harder now than ever to recognize a Mexican timeshare scam when one comes your way.

But, what’s the scam?

Most of us are probably all well used to the concepts of timeshare and cancellation scams, but many people have never heard of Mexican timeshare resale scams! The premise, so to speak, is for scammers to convince a Mexican timeshare owner that they have someone interested in buying their timeshare. The money in this comes from the “finder’s fee” that the fraudsters levy.

Scammers tend to tailor their approach, but generally speaking this scam with start with a cold-call (1st warning sign) from someone claiming they have a buyer for your Mexican timeshare. They will generally be offering a lot more than you would expect (2nd warning sign!), and they’ll be in a big hurry (their buyers always are). They’ll then ask you to fill out some forms and wire them some money (danger, danger!) so that they can complete some checks.

Once they have your money these resale scammers will either disappear with your money entirely never to be heard from again, or they will call back a short while later saying that there have been issues. At this point, you may be shocked to hear, they will request more money. This can happen over and over, and for many there is a point at which they feel they are “in too deep” to back out, or worse they end up relying on a sale that never comes to clear mounting debt.

Don’t focus too much on the name they give you

As we have indicated previously, there is no real value in the name or business used by these people who call you now; they could be anyone wearing the skin of a genuine resale company rep to fool you.

This doesn’t mean that there’s no way for you find them out before you get scammed by a Mexican timeshare resale scam.

Note the language used

When you receive written (or verbal) communication from them, ask yourself if it sounds professional. Is the language, spelling, and/or grammar of the standard you would expect. While it is not unusual for communications from Mexican timeshare companies to have some grammar errors (most of the staff will speak Spanish as their first language), contracts and official websites should be flawless.

Wire transfers

If they ask you to wire money to them in advance be very, very wary.

Is it too good to be true?

Consider the price they’re offering you for your Mexican timeshare; is it reasonable for your membership? If it’s much higher than the market value you should question the validity of the interaction. If it seems too good to be true then it probably is!

Do you feel manipulated?

More often than not Mexican timeshare scammers will begin to use manipulation techniques in order to close the deal; they will become more aggressive, add pressure, or try to make you feel guilty if you attempt to back out of the proceedings.

Trust your Intuition

Listen to your gut; intuition may not be scientific, but it’s often the first inkling that  anyone has of something being not right.

If you watch out for all of this you can notice Mexican timeshare scammers at work before they get the better of you. Once you know how these people work you can beat them at their own game. These scams are not limited to Mexico, however, so keep all this in mind no matter where the offers and propositions come from.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexican Timeshare Solution Shills

Mexican Timeshare Solution Shills

Internet shills are as common these days as internet trolls. Both cause problems for genuine blogs and websites, but they seem to be here to stay for the foreseeable future. While sites like TripAdvisor are doing all they can to weed out these scammers from their pages, readers should keep in mind that the comments left on web articles are often sprinkled with comments from shills and trolls. One of the most common types of shills are those involved in promoting the services of timeshare cancellation companies.

What are Mexican timeshare solution shills?
Most of us are familiar with internet trolls who leave comments looking for a fight. Trolls will usually write something offensive or provocative to get a response. Often, internet trolls are working for their own sick pleasure, however, shills have a different motive. Shills are paid to leave comments on articles, forums and websites for a particular purpose. Mexican timeshare solution providers are particularly known for using shills to comment on their own websites as well as on a number of timeshare complaint forums.

How do Mexican timeshare solution shills operate?
The way that Mexican timeshare solutions shills operate is to leave damning comments about timeshare companies on a number of websites, including TripAdvisor, complaint forums and any kind of website where people might look for advice about timeshare issues. They will often target the most reputable and popular timeshare companies as they know they will have more chance of reaching more people.

Shills will often work in pairs. The first shill working for a Mexican timeshare solution scam will write a complaint about a vacation club and express displeasure about their membership on the premise that they are looking for timeshare advice. This already has a damaging effect on an otherwise reputable company. Then the comment will be responded to by another shill who will recommend they use XXX timeshare cancellation services in order to cancel membership that (in most cases) can no longer be cancelled.

An example of a timeshare cancellation shill scam:
Shill A
I want to cancel my membership with Big Life Timeshare. What can I do?

Shill B
You should contact Caribe Timeshare Solutions. I had the same problem but they were fantastic. A total godsend. Caribe Timeshare Solutions  were able to cancel my timeshare with no upfront fees. I was desperate, just like you. I am so happy I used their services. Follow this link …

You get the picture. Sometimes the first complaint is from a genuinely unhappy client, and the Mexican timeshare solution company takes advantage of their situation but replying with a shill. The reality is that the timeshare cancellation company cannot cancel your timeshare after the cooling off period has passed, and they are simply out to take your money, using all kinds of methods to convince you that they are genuine, including fake reviews and comments on websites and timeshare forums.

The moral of the story is to beware Mexican timeshare Solution shills. For more information about how to identify is someone is a shill, click here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Have you been scammed? The Truth about Villa del Palmar Timeshare

Have you been scammed? The Truth about Villa del Palmar Timeshare

Have you been scammed? Perhaps you are having second thoughts or someone is convincing you that you are being scammed. This website is dedicated to dispelling the myths about timeshare scams. In particular, today’s blog post is dedicated to the truth about Villa del Palmar timeshare. Read on to find out all you need to know about Villa del Palmar timeshare.

Is Villa del Palmar timeshare a scam?

Simple question; simple answer. No, Villa del Palmar timeshare is not a scam. The Villa del Palmar brand is part of the highly reputable Villa Group collection of timeshare resorts, which is a company that is majority owned by Tafer Hotels & Resort and boasts more than 30 years providing timeshare and vacation solutions.

Timeshare scams

The kinds of timeshare scams that you might be victim of when you purchase a Villa del Palmar timeshare have nothing to do with the membership per-se. In practice, the risk of a timeshare scam arises when you purchase timeshare resales or get involved in the fraudulent services of timeshare cancellation companies.

Timeshare Solutions

Many companies that claim to provide timeshare solutions are, in fact, timeshare scams. You might encounter companies offering to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare, convincing you that you have bought a bad deal. These kinds of companies are scams because they charge you high fees to cancel your timeshare when it is not lawful to cancel a timeshare contract after the rescission period has passed. Simply put, you pay a high fee, and your timeshare is not cancelled.

Timeshare services

Some timeshare services can make you at risk of a scam. For example, timeshare resale companies and timeshare rental companies are notorious for being less than honest with clients. Resale scams for Villa del Palmar timeshare range in impact. Some resale scams are limited to charging you a fee for services they never provide, while others are more costly, when you purchase a “fake” timeshare or one that cannot be used unless you pay hefty fees to get the maintenance dues up to date. On the other hand, timeshare rental scammers might charge upfront fees to rent your Villa del Palmar timeshare unit and never actually work on your behalf to do so.

It is important to note that the aforementioned scams are not by any means limited to Villa del Palmar timeshare but can affect all genuine timeshare memberships. It is therefore important to remain vigilant and take precautions.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Beware the Shills!

Beware the Shills!

Do you know what a “shill” is? Perhaps this is a brand new word for you. The reality is that if you have spent anytime on the internet reading reviews, forums or the comments left on blog articles, you may well have been exposed to the comments of a shill. Confused? Read on.

The Internet has changed our lives in so many ways, many of which are extremely positive. However, the web is also a den of opportunity for scammers. One of the ways that you can fall foul to modern scams and false advertising is by believing the comments of “shills.”

What is a shill?

Shills, like internet trolls are people who comment on internet forums for a particular purpose. While trolls seek to provoke uproar and unrest within a forum, shills are usually paid to leave positive reviews of products, or indeed to slam their competitors in order to sell a solution. The problem with shills is that it is difficult to know if it is a genuine review or comment from a satisfied customer, or if their comments are fake. In most cases, shills are paid to spend time commenting in a positive way about certain products to spread a buzz by personally endorsing a service.

History of shills

The word shill comes from the word “shillaber,” which was originally a circus worker or circus trouper who would pretend to rush to buy tickets following the circus master’s speech advertising the show. Their reaction would create a sense of urgency for the “real” customers, who would then rush behind them to buy tickets. Shills are also common in open auctions to drive up the price of items.

How can you distinguish a shill from a genuine commenter?

Judging the sincerity of a shill is a fine art, especially if they are accomplished writers. One way you can tell a shill is to copy and past their comment in a Google search to see if the same comment has been left in various locations. Usually shills are too lazy to bother writing new comments for all websites. It is also a big warning sign if the same comment is repeated with a different company name; especially if they are complaining about a company in order to suggest a solution. You can also check out the commenter’s social networks. Have they used stock photographs? Do they have friends? All of this will point out if they are a shill.

TripAdvisor is hot on Shills

Luckily, websites such as TripAdvisor are very keen to weed out shills and trolls, and have heavy penalties for companies that use these techniques to drive up positive reviews. If you believe you have read a comment from a shill, you can report the post and help genuine companies receive the praise they deserve and fake scams to be penalized for their actions. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Check Villa Group Timeshare Reviews

Check Villa Group Timeshare Reviews

The internet is a great source of information about scams and the various frauds affecting the public. As more and more scams and frauds happen each year, it is all the more important to take safety measures to keep your assets and your personal reputation safe. A quick search can already give you an overview of what’s really happening. When you search for customer reviews, it is important to check for the legitimacy of the company providing the review. Read on to find out the ideal sources of the best Villa Group timeshare reviews.

Check the following sources to look for the most valid Villa Group timeshare reviews:

On the Villa Group Official Website

Villa Group’s official website contains many reviews. Aside from reviews, there are recent testimonials from timeshare members sharing their experiences at Villa Group Resorts. Some are even presented in video format. The following site links to these Villa Group timeshare reviews: ( To help people be guided to the truth, Villa Group timeshare members are encouraged to leave their comments and Villa Group timeshare reviews each time they stay or when they upgrade their membership. To have a real perspective of this vacation opportunities, take the time to read these reviews.

Villa Group timeshare reviews on TripAdvisor

If you want to find out if a timeshare company is legit or not, TripAdvisor is a good source of information. Here, fraudulent behaviors observed by reviewers are sometimes highlighted. But since anyone can write a review on TripAdvisor, you can also find here some complaints from former employees. When it comes to Villa Group timeshare reviews, you will find that most of the TripAdvisor reviews are positive, especially from those who bought timeshare from us. 

As you read some of the reviews, consider the company’s responses to any questions or complaints so you can gain a clear idea about the product or service you want to avail. Consider also the date when the review was written.  Some complaints may rank on top of your list but may have been already resolved.

Villa Group timeshare reviews published on YouTube

Villa Group timeshare reviews on YouTube are also a reliable source to get reviews. Timeshare members who have shared their testimonials are regularly published on YouTube. You can access these and other travel reviews from independent Vloggers. Check out this Villa Group Review on YouTube (

Villa Group timeshare reviews published on Facebook

Aside from the mentioned sources of Villa Group timeshare reviews, you can also follow the Villa Group timeshare on Facebook. Find some relevant comments and reviews from members of the Villa Group timeshare members on the group page. You can also ask any questions or post your comments if some reviews are of interest to you.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How to Give Away a Timeshare

How to Give Away a Timeshare

When you have purchased a timeshare and you are having second thoughts, it is not uncommon to consider giving away your timeshare. Here is how to give away a timeshare.

Why do you want to give away a timeshare?

The first thing to consider is why you want to give away a timeshare. Why not sell it, rent it or lend it? You may have your reasons, but before deciding to give away a timeshare, you might consider selling it, lending it to friends or even renting it.

Sell, rent or lend - don’t give away a timeshare

Selling a timeshare in today’s market is not always a great idea. You will get very little return on your investment and will be vulnerable to a timeshare resale scam. Most people want to buy a timeshare membership directly from the developer to avoid unnecessary scams.

Lending your timeshare rather than give it away is another option. You can lend to friends and family, asking them to cover the cost of your maintenance fees. Renting your timeshare is also a way to make some money, although you should take care not to fall foul of a rental scam. Use legitimate websites to rent your timeshare.

Donate your timeshare

Some people choose to donate their timeshare rather than give it away to a private owner. This is an option, although you might find that most charities will not accept this kind of gift. However, if you have already paid for your timeshare in full, you might choose to donate weekly intervals for charities to raffle in order to raise money. That way, you are donating vacation weeks rather than the full timeshare membership.

Cancel your timeshare

The above mentioned options are all possible alternatives to cancelling your timeshare after the rescission period has passed. Remember, you cannot cancel a timeshare once the cooling off period has terminated

Read more about how to cancel your timeshare.

Saturday, August 19, 2017



PROFECO is the Spanish acronym for Procuradur√≠a Federal del Consumidor. PROFECO is Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency--an administrative branch of the federal government in Mexico. This federal department deals with all kinds of consumer issues, as well as those relating to timeshare resale scams. PROFECO can even assist foreigners who believe they have been involved in a timeshare scam in Mexico, such as those orchestrated by timeshare cancellation companies.


The name of the PROFECO department that deals with the claims of foreigners is called CARE, the Spanish acronym for Departamento de Conciliación a Residentes en el Extranjero. This department can help foreigners settle disputes. For example, it is the first group you should contact if you think you have been involved in a timeshare cancellation scam or timeshare resale scam. Ironically, most timeshare cancellation scammers will tell you not to contact this department because they wish to charge you large sums of money for services they are not legally able to provide you.

Why contact PROFECO?

Even if you feel that the resolution of the scam you have been involved in seems unlikely, it is worth contacting PROFECO to make a complaint. The information that you provide could help to protect other victims in the future. At the very least, filing a complaint will draw attention to the scammers.