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Orlando Timeshare Prize Scams

Updated: 25 Jun 2013 05:54:00 AM

Every year during the summer there seems to be more telemarketing in the travel industry where someone receives a phone call saying they have won a vacation. 

Recently the BBB reported that the Federal Trade Commission, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, 27 other states and international authorities in 10 other countries took 191 actions to stop fraudulent timeshare reseller services and travel prizes.

Free Vacation

As far as winning a free vacation, the buyer should always beware and if it sounds too good to be true, then make sure you check things out before giving away your credit card number. 

Following are some signs you may have been targeted by a travel scam that the BBB has put together.

BBB Tip of the Week

  1. You receive an unexpected phone call, text message or email informing you of your prize.
  2. You are asked to pay a fee for this “free” vacation.
  3. The company asks for your credit card number.
  4. There are no real specifics provided.
  5. You may be pressured to sign up for a travel club membership.

Check Out The Company

There are stories all over the Internet of people who have been taken by a supposedly free vacation that ends up costing them hundreds of dollars.

To save yourself and your family a lot of agony and money, check out the company who is calling before giving out any money or credit cards.

If you think you may have been targeted by a travel scam report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint, to the Florida State Attorney General’s office and to the BBB at www.bbb.org

By Marie Ospina

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