Welk Resorts Settles for $3.55 Million in SD District Attorney Suit

Welk Resorts Settles for $3.55 Million in SD District Attorney Suit

While many vacation owners worry about the outcome of their annual vacation in 2020, those that purchased Welk Resorts points from January 2011 to March 2016 are in for a big surprise. Just last week, up to $3.55 million was awarded to those that have been misled by the timeshare sales process. Although the stipulated judgement is subject to court approval, the California Attorney General believes it “sets an unprecedented example to the timeshare industry. “You cannot violate the law and get away with it,” said AG Xavier Becerra to reporters. 

After a number of complaints had been filed by Welk owners, Becerra’s office asked the CA Department of Real Estate and the San Diego District Attorney’s office to help him investigate Welk Resort’s sales presentations. They came away with irrefutable evidence of a pressure-dried environment that utilized false promises and misleading information to persuade attendees. The Welk resort in Escondido, California took a lot of heat for most of their tactics. 

Timeshare Sales Agents Don’t Always Tell the Truth.

According to the settlement, Welk representatives were selling timeshare interests, which violates the Vacation Ownership Timeshare Act (2004), California’s Timeshare Law, False Advertising Law and the Unfair Competition Law. The restitution in this case is the largest consumer relief package that has ever been awarded to the People by a timeshare company. 

Not only was the settlement monetary, but Welk Resorts is also required to implement some sort of compliance to ensure further violations don’t occur. Resort employees will be asked to complete proper training courses on VOTA requirements and risk prevention. “Truthful disclosures are especially important in a high-pressure sales environment such as timeshare sales,” said Becerra.

He went on to say, “This settlement is a significant win for California consumers. It provides victims with the largest consumer relief package ever obtained by the People for violations of the Vacation Ownership Timeshare Act (VOTA), returning money to the pockets of those cheated by Welk.” Initially, those that have already filed a claim will be first to receive restitution. Shortly after, the remaining buyers from that time period will be given a chance to submit a claim for cash, additional points or a resort credit.

Helping Consumers Understand Timeshare Laws.

San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan also played a big role in the settlement. “The law protects consumers by prohibiting timeshare salespeople from overpromising with misrepresentations. Consumers need to know what they are getting up front without false promises,” she said. She’s right. Far too many people are lured into something that was never ideal to begin with because they’re uninformed.

Efforts from AG and District Attorney’s offices shouldn’t go unnoticed. Like we mentioned before, vacation owners aren’t getting much assistance right now. It’s good to see these organizations stepping up. The final stipulated judgement was announced earlier this month and also required Welk Resorts to pay Stephan and Becerra’s offices’ $2 million bill for investigative expenses. “The expertise in our DA’s Consumer Protection Team was brought to bear to protect consumers from false promises in purchasing timeshares,” concluded Stephan.

Why People Purchase Timeshares & How They’re Lured to Presentations.

Why People Purchase Timeshares & How They’re Lured to Presentations.

Our world is stuck in a time of despair. Since the wake of the Coronavirus, people’s livelihoods have been turned upside down. Local shops and businesses have been forced to close their doors and millions of Americans are living on pennies. Casualties have become eager to voice injustice. Deep societal issues deservedly dominate our nation’s headlines. Most consumers are probably making payments on something they can’t even use. Costly inconveniences are steadily becoming more and more of a problem. So what are corporations doing about it? 

Over the past several months, we’ve been studying the responses of timeshare companies during the pandemic. Not once have we come across a strategy to relieve the industry’s highest paying customers during the pandemic. By April, many decided to begin layoffs and point vacation owners to government and financial institutions instead of lessening their burdens. But this shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise. So why do people purchase timeshares even though resorts have been taking advantage of owners for decades?

Why Buying Timeshares May Be Appealing Today.

When consumers first come across a timeshare presentation, many believe it’s truly an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s safe to say a majority of buyers have never even looked into the purchase before. Even if they did, major hotel chains do a great job of squashing negativity about their brands. Once they’re able to convince potential buyers that bad press stems from exit scams, most people overlook the red flags.

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We tell you this because a great number of people will be looking to travel in the near future. Society has been shut in for months. While the goal of many will be to recover from the financial crisis that has ensued, some will immediately look for a way to escape. You might even be looking for a vacation right now. What’s important to understand is, timeshare companies are going to be looking to capitalize on this desire.

When People Purchase Timeshares Out of Impulse.

When you’re unprepared for a timeshare presentation or unaware of what the purchase entails, salespeople tend to be rather convincing. In other words, people purchase timeshares because they’re uninformed. Anyone that takes the time to truly investigate the expensive product will clearly see it’s not worth it. Something that may seem like a much needed getaway for an affordable price can easily turn into a costly burden during an inconvenient time. 

People that have recently bought timeshares are currently troubled by this decision. Many won’t even be able to use it this year. The problem is, the low monthly cost that was advertised isn’t their only obligation. Interest, taxes, and other annual fees often catch buyers off guard because they’re not mentioned in the sale. Perpetual agreements enforce obligations during crises and assessment fees help resorts cover reparations.

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So as you venture into public in a post-pandemic world, you have to be willing to inspect what appeals to you. No matter how good a timeshare may sound, you have to check the facts. Greedy operations have probably been scheming for months now. Resorts have lost a lot of money. Aside from overbooking their resorts, selling timeshare agreements is the fastest way for them to replenish revenues. 

So what can we expect from an industry already known for aggressive methods? 

Filling Up Timeshare Presentations is Key.

Getting people to sit down for a timeshare sales pitch is no easy task. This is why the industry hires charismatic, convincing people to position the product. Whether you’re approached in person or over the phone, the initial goal is to get you to believe you’ve been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are many ways the sales team makes random targets feel special.

Timeshares Lure Consumers With “Free” Incentives.

Giving away physical items or experiences typically gets people’s attention. But these types of incentives aren’t always what they seem. Timeshare companies have been using misleading gifts to lure consumers to timeshare presentations for decades now. “Free” activities or attractions offered are usually nothing more than certificates or premiums that need to be redeemed. But people purchase timeshares not knowing this.

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Redemption programs have always been extremely difficult to process. Oftentimes, there are several steps that need to be completed perfectly in a certain time frame in order to receive the perk. Many buyers never follow through and forget. It becomes so difficult for others that they just give up. How many times have you purchased a new item (such as a cell phone) with promised savings only to find out the rebate was limited or it became void because you missed a step? 

Plenty of people are leveraged to purchase timeshares just to cash in on the gifts. Accepting concert tickets and a two night stay in Miami seems worth the risk – especially when they’re already on vacation and loosely spending. Many believe they can just cancel the contract when they get home. 

Sadly, a majority of people that purchase timeshares for the gifts don’t know they have to cancel within the rescission period (usually 5 days) in order to void the transaction. What’s worse is some buyers don’t even receive the gifts they were promised. This leaves them stuck in a binding, unwanted gift that keeps on giving. Just remember, nothing in life is free. Even if you think you’ve struck gold, don’t make an impulse decision. Short term potential is not worth an extended burden. Don’t play their game.

Gifts Can Be Leveraged Against Vacation Owners.

While incentives can be used to generate appeal, they’re also used to establish further revenue. Oftentimes, timeshare companies will make the deal with a new owner, then offer to buy back some of the gifts they’ve given out – before the buyer realizes they’re not worth it. What ends up happening is, people purchase timeshare to get a free gift, then exchange the gift for an upgraded timeshare package. While some vouchers can be redeemed, many are used as a ploy.

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This should show you just how conniving and misleading timeshare sales teams can be. Normally when this happens, upgrades are positioned as “price drops” that recently just became available. In other words, another, better limited opportunity. Truth be told, this sales pitch never stops. Once you’ve signed the agreement, timeshare sales teams will always look for ways to get you to spend more. In reality, you could have simply picked up an interval on eBay for $1 and avoided a year of maintenance fees. People are that eager to get out of timeshare contracts. 

The face value of most incentives given to timeshare owners are under $100. If you’re walking down the strip in Vegas and someone offers you $80 show tickets in exchange for 90 minutes of your time – just keep walking. It’s best to just pay for the tickets yourself. Doing so could help you avoid a completely devastating experience with double digit financial hardship.

Orlando’s Marriott Worldwide Vacations Addresses COVID-19.

Orlando’s Marriott Worldwide Vacations Addresses COVID-19.

In the beginning stages of the Coronavirus outbreak, very few timeshare resorts had much to say. But once travel restrictions were implemented, timeshares acted swiftly to cut costs and seek pity. Even the way Marriott Worldwide Vacations addresses COVID-19 seems vague. Some vacation owners aren’t able to keep up with payments while awaiting resolve. Thousands of others have already missed their opportunity to travel this year and the number is growing every day. 

So will major hotel chains, like Marriott’s operation in Orlando, say more to reassure their highest paying customers? In past articles, we’ve discussed how prominent resorts like to ignore customer complaints while blaming the exit industry for satisfaction ratings. So are they following a similar strategy and avoiding truth by stating irrelevant facts? It’s hard to believe that any of Orlando’s Marriott vacation owners enjoyed reading a COVID-19 update that made no mention of them.

A Common Theme by Timeshares Continues.

How can timeshare companies expect these people to be patient, loyal and trusting when their financial losses aren’t even considered? Instead, Stephen Weisz, the CEO of Marriott Vacations Worldwide, seems to be more focused on his losses. During a recent conference call he described the decisions he’s been forced to make as “some of the most difficult and heartbreaking of my career.”

Aside from laying off employees (and offering furloughs), Marriott announced they were shutting down sales centers due to the colossal decline of business in March. Employee 401(k)’s, reductions in capital investments, repurchase suspensions and frozen “new hire” salaries are also mentioned in Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s COVID-19 addressal. But it doesn’t say anything about helping vacation owners that lost their income in the middle of a pandemic.

While closings were initially planned to end in the third week of April, they’ve been extended thanks to heightened tensions and the fear of the unknown. In the meantime, timeshare fees and mortgages will only get resorts so far. “We certainly don’t know how long the changes will last,” said Weisz. But despite the uncertainty, he believes his business model will enable them to ”operate the business at close to cash flow-neutral.”

What Happens If Things Get Worse?

If travel bans extend through the summer, things could get interesting. Especially since timeshare owners haven’t exactly been offered any type of financial assistance from a trillion dollar industry that’s unable to follow through with their product. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Weisz has offered to take a pay cut of 50% of his salary in an attempt to balance the scales. But will $500K be enough when he purportedly made over $7 million total after bonuses and stock options were taken into consideration in 2018?

While many vacation owners are grieving a time in history that includes race riots and deadly disease, timeshare companies are pressing on. Marriott Vacations Worldwide still plans on moving into a new building in Orlando by the end of 2020. From here it seems as if they’re looking forward to reopening their sales centers with a strong focus on new acquisition.

Since their statement, Orlando’s Marriott Worldwide Vacations has been pretty focused on replenishing their losses. It appears we will have to wait and see if they offer assistance for vacation owners. Whether it be through a forbearance period, refund, discount or any other form of relief. If things turn for the worse, hopefully buyers will receive the consideration they deserve.

Why Timeshare Exit Teams Shouldn’t Be Easily Trusted During Travel Bans.

Why Timeshare Exit Teams Shouldn’t Be Easily Trusted During Travel Bans.

The Coronavirus has created quite the stir in the travel industry since March. While millions of travelers have been inconvenienced, none should be more disturbed than the timeshare owner. Some have been paying thousands of dollars to their respective resorts for decades now – only to be left without answers and a financial option for relief. Those that have lost their income have definitely got to be perturbed. While all of this is truly concerning, a bigger problem lurks in the shadows – where timeshare exit teams await desperate owners looking to stick it to the resort. 

Like we mentioned in last week’s article, a number of lead generation tactics are used to persuade buyers to hand over pertinent information about themselves and their timeshare agreement. To the naked eye, it’s nearly impossible to discern if a website pitch is real. In order to hire somebody that knows how to get out of a timeshare contract, you have to dig deeper. Otherwise, you’re ignoring the simple fact that thousands of people are eager to deceive you during a time where income is scarce.

Understanding the Intent Behind Most Relief Options.

As stated many times before, a majority of timeshare sales teams have been let go because of COVID-19. History has proven that many of these former employees continue to aggressively target vacation owners with alternative products. Since the interest in timeshare cancellation has recently increased, we can only assume the relief market will soon be flooded with even more deceit than it already is. 

So no matter how good a sales pitch may be, you have to understand what the foundation of many timeshare exit teams is. The more money they can make off of your desperation, the better. Until a company has proven they’re willing and able to help you, the best thing you can do is safeguard your information. Understand that most relief websites aren’t exactly timeshare exit teams. By submitting one contact form, you could open yourself up to a plethora of solicitations – some of which are scams.

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How Timeshare Exit Teams Try to Get Away With It.

Advanced marketing and sales technology has allowed lead generation platforms to take over a majority of the timeshare exit marketplace. At first glance, these websites sound great. But this is because they’re designed to speak to your needs. Coming across as empathetic helps them garner trust. Tons of money tends to be spent on the front end to create a believable front stage.

While it may seem like they’re super enthusiastic about helping you get rid of a timeshare property, their only desire is to acquire you as a lead. Once they’ve done so, there are endless opportunities for them to make money off of your data. Especially if you’ve provided insight on your ownership experience. Placing your data in different pools of customers allows them to continuously sell your information to anyone willing and able to pay for it.

1. Remove Themselves From Any “Wrongdoing” 

Not only can this provide lead generating websites with an extensive amount of residual income, it also removes them from the process entirely. If your data happens to be sold to a fraudulent operation, then it really doesn’t matter. As long as they’re paid for the referral, it’s all they care about. Owner disputes are usually taken up with the timeshare exit teams they paid. Rarely do they remember who was contacted first. 

Even if vacation owners traced the solicitation-turned-scam back to a lead generation website, successful operations normally do a good job covering their tracks. Thousands of website landing pages on hundreds of different URLs are constantly rearranged to remove any previous breadcrumbs. 

A missing privacy policy along with hidden disclaimers are a good sign your information will be sold. Remember, websites that actually protect your personal data usually go to great lengths to guarantee privacy. Most contact forms include this disclaimer at the bottom. Websites that don’t disclose anything about privacy are essentially letting you know that there is no such promise – protecting them from most legal action.

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2. They’re Not Lying About “Helping With Relief”

Don’t you just hate it when someone slaps you with a matter-of-fact response? Even though their argument may be technically sound, it still doesn’t make them right. Well, that’s kind of like the way most misleading timeshare exit teams go about explaining their “service”. In their eyes, they’re not exactly lying. If you take the time to carefully assess the content on some of these websites, then you can almost sense a layer of deceit.

Sadly, most companies that look good and sound good are seen as trustworthy in today’s society. Unethical operations that expose you to overwhelming solicitations are often the culprit of bad decision making. While they may claim that their intent is to help vacation owners find relief, they have to understand the devastation it causes.

When owners are desperate to escape an expensive timeshare agreement, they’re bound to settle on someone to help them. The problem is, large pools of good-looking predatory agencies are using former timeshare salespeople to hard sell owners. So what ends up happening is, a large percentage of them are scammed. When you’re overwhelmed with timeshare exit teams that are tailored to your needs, it can be hard to resist. So don’t let appealing promises deter you from your initial goal.

Why Do They Think They Can Get Away With This?

No matter how upsetting this may be, it’s difficult to hold phony timeshare exit teams accountable for their actions. Like aforementioned, many truly don’t believe they’re doing anything wrong. Similar to timeshare companies, it’s easy to blame the consumer’s decisions and deflect responsibility. Those that got into the business for the money will never feel bad when it costs you.

How to NOT Fall For Timeshare Traps During a Pandemic.

First and foremost, don’t commit to any cancellation service until you’re absolutely sure they’re willing and able to provide the service. We can’t reiterate this enough. Understand that many of these sites will seem like they offer the service – but they don’t. If the overall presentation leaves this open for question, then it’s a good idea to look elsewhere.

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If you do want to use a lead generation site to help you allocate options, just know that most are predicated on quantity and not quality. In other words, you can’t expect to hear from some of the best timeshare exit teams. Companies like ours don’t hire third party salesmen in order to convince owners to cancel their memberships. So, researching credibility and reputation is one of the best things you can do.

1. Always Question Credibility

Anyone can pay for notoriety and falsify information online if they want to. Plenty of businesses pay for likes and shares in order to make themselves seem credible. Some even steal the identities of real businesses to pull off scams. You must proceed with caution and not let visual appeal mislead you. Even after a website has passed the eyeball test, it’s still important that you ask as many questions as you can before committing.

Questioning the process or asking about company values and culture can be extremely telling. Anything that could throw someone off their sales pitch should be considered. Don’t be afraid to request evidence or contact information from previous clients before making a decision. Making the salesmen uncomfortable is a good way to elicit the company’s true colors. If they have ethical standards, then you’ll be able to tell right away.

2. Inspect the Entire Online Presence. 

Even when timeshare exit teams are able to pass these tests, it’s still a good idea to look elsewhere for red flags. One bad decision can cost you thousands of dollars and further headaches. Aside from privacy concerns, P.O. boxes, blocked servers, no public information and a lack of corporate transparency should concern you. Quality timeshare exit teams go to great lengths to ensure these areas aren’t in question. Checking for consistency across all online channels will provide you with clarity.

3. Assess the Purpose and Means of Content.

Minimal disclosure is a huge red flag. This is often exemplified by your current unwanted timeshare contract. If things didn’t work out in your favor with the resort then you can’t trust someone that’s selling in the same way. At the end of the day, entertaining videos or content don’t make the service good. Just because someone is charismatic with contagious energy doesn’t mean they’re trustworthy and true. All of these things are a simple element of the sale.

So don’t be fooled if you’re desperate during this pandemic. The more enlightened you become, the harder it will be for you to find accurate information. But this is a good thing. It means you’re avoiding loss and getting closer to finding an actual solution. 

Many timeshare exit teams pay celebrities and influencers like Dave Ramsey or Laura Ingraham to endorse their services. But you can’t simply trust a solution because somebody famous was paid to tell you to. Every timeshare contract and owner is different. It should never be only about the sale.

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Consumers Want to Believe in False Promises Right Now.

If you’re trying to get help right now, just know that most timeshare exit teams will appeal to you. They know how you’re feeling right now and what to say to caress your ego. Many times this can blind you from reality. We’ve talked to plenty of vacation owners since the travel ban began. Many of them get defensive when they hear the truth from us because another agency told them a lie.

Many of you want to be told that exiting a timeshare contract is simple. But it’s not. This is why we take pride in qualifying all interested parties before processing any transactions. Sometimes, there is an easier way. So there’s no reason to let your pride get in the way. Sometimes, none of your options are ideal. But it’s better than investing in one that’s misleading. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be and always have a plan B.

Vacation Owners Just Need a Trusted Friend.

Similar to friendships, everyone needs a quality person they can trust and rely on. At VOC, we want to be that friend for timeshare owners. Successful businesses don’t bring in auditors to lie to them about the problem. They hire them to come in and assess the reality of the situation in order to provide the very best solution. Keep this perspective in your mind when you’re sorting through timeshare exit teams.

Be patient until the right company is found and never settle quickly. No limited-time offer or aggressive pitch will ever compare to the result that a quality timeshare termination company will provide. As you look, cherish and safeguard your private information until you’re confident about your decision. Finding relief during this time could be a huge weight lifted from your shoulders – if you do things the right way.

Lead Generation Sites Trick Vacation Owners by Offering Shadow Relief

Lead Generation Sites Trick Vacation Owners by Offering Shadow Relief

Last week, we talked about some of the bottom-feeders of the timeshare cancellation industry that prefer to hunt on social media for prey. Nearly anyone can set up a lead generation business online and Facebook makes it even easier to do so. The simple fact that predatory agencies have an ability to target and communicate with most timeshare owners at any given point in time is concerning to say the least. Online promotions and ads for timeshare relief can be extremely luring for unhappy owners. Especially when they’re desperate for a way to escape their timeshare agreement.

When you think about it, most expensive decisions are rarely made without much thought. Buying a house or even a car is hardly ever a weekend activity. Even planning a family activity isn’t something most can do in a couple of hours. But the timeshare industry operates differently. To most consumers, limited-time-offers alter their intuition. It’s one of the reasons why so many people let timeshare sales teams talk them into an unhealthy $20K+ purchase to begin with. 

When a remorseful vacation owner comes across a promising social media ad for a solution to their timeshare problem, it can be appealing. But it’s not always enough to convince them. Most have learned their lesson and will avoid making another impulse decision. While high percentages of online users make small Facebook purchases here and there, it’s highly unlikely they’ll ever hand over thousands of dollars for a vague solution on social media.

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Money and Influence Control Exit Market.

At the end of the day, the aggressive nature of the sale is what eventually persuades timeshare owners to pay for an exit strategy. While social media is a good tool to capture attention, follow-up sales tactics are what usually seal the deal. This requires a plan of higher complexity. One that usually involves multiple conspirators, timeshare owner information and a digital presence that is far greater than a Facebook page.

This is why it’s important to understand that the exit industry – especially in the aftermath of the Coronavirus – is a whole different ball game. Far too often, vacation owners are led to believe that someone is finally listening to them; that someone can help – but this is a dangerous time to be taking a company’s word for it without verifying the information. Millions of people are desperate for an income right now.

Truth be told, thousands of criminals scour the timeshare marketplace. They’ve already proven to be willing to tell you anything in order to convince you to hand over a few thousand dollars. Today, timeshare owners are more vulnerable than ever. Especially those facing financial difficulties. The more money these companies make, the more they’ll flood the marketplace – and advertisements that speak to a need are hard to ignore.

How Did Timesharing Get to This Point?

Limited offers and broken promises is why the timeshare industry has turned into a gold mine for greed-filled predators. This is why so many former timeshare employees continue victimizing vacation owners, even after they’ve been let go by the resort. Whether they turn to Facebook on their own or join a larger group of conspirators for leads, they’re looking for a fast return. It’s what they know best.

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Fortunately, a lack of resources (like mentioned last week) keeps most greedy salespeople from gaining much traction. It’s the cunning crowd you need to watch out for. They usually protrude a convincing fasad and possess an authority that’s predicated on success or fame. Don’t let them play you for a fool and hold onto your money. During this pandemic, it’s important you make the best decisions for you and your family. 

In most cases, it’s easy to find holes in a sales pitch or identify poor character traits. All you need to do is look. Now that we’ve covered the least of your worries, let’s see how damaging lead generation websites can really be.

Generating More Leads With A Better Presentation.

In last week’s article, we took some time to explain how relief companies pay a third party contractor for lead generation. Whether they’re former timeshare salespeople or online influencers, exit companies enjoy spreading out their nets. The problem with this is lead generators act as if they’re managing the process when they’re not. Some even go to great lengths to act as if they’re delivering results for vacation owners. In reality, they’re simply selling data to a number of third party vendors that know you want to get out of a timeshare contract.

Some of the companies we’ve come across over the past few months put a lot of money towards eliminating doubt. Lead generation sites do everything they can to get timeshare owners to trust them. Whether that be creating videos about timeshare ownership or paying for likes, shares and reviews; they’re cunning in their ability to persuade. As the internet continues to evolve, it’s concerning to see consumers manipulated by fabricated notoriety and aggressive sales tactics.It’s almost as if we’re losing our ability to think for ourselves anymore. 

Nonetheless, if you plan on shopping in the timeshare exit realm during this time, we urge you to proceed with caution. One contact form submission can eventually turn into a bombardment of phone calls and emails. No matter how good some of these guys and gals seem, it’s important that you don’t simply give them a chance because they have 5 star reviews. Do your due diligence and make sure you’re not causing yourself further frustration.

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How to Inspect Timeshare Relief Websites.

First and foremost, you have to know who you’re contacting. If an individual is offering the solutions, then research them. View their online profiles and look at their work history on Linkedin. Take the time to ensure the person is trustworthy with a solid reputation. This is the easiest way to identify former timeshare salespeople. If there are lapses in their work history or life, then that should raise questions, right? It’s not like you’re simply buying a pack of toilet paper here. 

There are also some simple ways you can inspect the website for red flags. If there are third party ads and links to other websites, it’s a good sign the site is more focused on revenue. One of the best things you can do is hover your mouse over the “submit button” on one of the website’s forms to see where the link goes (in the bottom left of your browser). You can also inspect links by right clicking on them. 

Online pages that redirect you through a series of tracking parameters or to an entirely different website are no bueno. This absolutely confirms the “provider” is not actually supplying the service. Lead generation sites are more than likely sending your personal information to someone else. When you’re unable to confirm competency, it’s not worth your time. Submitting your information only creates further susceptibility and gives nearly anyone a chance to charm you with what you really want to hear.

How Access To Your Data Can Be Costly.

When you think about it, selling a service you don’t actually provide is extremely shameful. Nothing about this promotes reliability. It’s like talking to a phony mechanic about your car for hours; then having no problem with him selling the work to the highest bidder. Maybe he even lets them all take a stab at it. If you’re acting as if you provide relief services – or even lying about credentials you don’t exactly have – then it’s wrong. Most people would probably reconsider the transaction, or at least ask a few more questions, if they knew lies were involved.

With that being said, it’s important that you understand some of these websites can be very deceiving. If you look hard enough, you can tell if someone is chasing opportunity or has bigger motives. A lack of ethics is typically traceable by means of in-person or online interactions. Somebody that’s willing and able to help vacation owners is going to be able to prove they’re consistently doing just that.

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When the passion or competency isn’t even evident, how can they actually guarantee or promise you anything. These lead generation sites simply paint a facade so they can collect your data and cut ties. Whoever they’re in bed with usually takes over the communication from there. This typically begins with renting opportunities, then resale programs, ending with an overwhelming amount of cancellation options. By this time, most owners forget who they contacted to begin with. In the meantime, these websites are using earnings to broaden their nets. Phony review sites do the same.

What You Pay Lead Generation Sites For.

The more relief programs that a vacation owner signs up for, the more the lead generator earns. It’s a disturbing transaction that takes place across a number of online industries. But this is how the timeshare industry works. The longer an owner remains under contract, the longer all parties make money. Sadly, this cycle continues for many owners. During this pandemic, we can only hope it doesn’t get worse.

If you’re considering getting rid of your timeshare then it’s important that you don’t simply settle for who you think the best option is. Oftentimes, the companies that owners initially find are those spending the most on advertising and marketing. Take the time to inspect review platforms and research different blog topics to see what the company is really all about. If you’re unable to find consistency anywhere then you have to cross them off your list. 

When you fall into a scam, you could be waiting for a resolution for months, assuming the financial burden would be gone, only to find out you’re still under contract. On top of that, you’ve lost thousands more only to worsen the problem. Getting out of your timeshare is a big deal. It’s not something you can take lightly. Finding a company that’s been in business for more than three years and following the remaining steps on our infographic will really help you with this decision. Lead generation sites are only the beginning.

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