Frauds or scams can be devastating for both financial and psychological reasons. Recovering your assets and your peace of mind might take years, if ever, and can take an additional toll. If you have never been the victim of a timeshare fraud or scam, it is easy to underestimate the effect it can have.
If you take basic steps to protect yourself during the process you may be able to avoid being scammed. Timeshare cancellation is the easiest solution if you feel you are being defrauded, but it is a process that can be exploited by dishonest brokers and leave you liable for expenses that can be devastating. Sales people are also not averse to making false claims during the sales pitch. If they aren’t spelled out in the contract, they can claim that the purchaser misunderstood what was said or implied and that they are not responsible for anything other than what is written in the contract. Unless it is spelled out, they will not accept responsibility for it.
When you first purchased your timeshare, you will have signed a stack of documents that may not have made much sense to you. Many timeshare companies use high pressure sales pitches to get customers to sign the contract without giving you the opportunity to read everything. When you get to closing you are exhausted and the closing person knows this so they rush through the process hoping you don’t read anything or question the documents. This is when you should tell them that you want your contract reviewed by a timeshare attorney. As with any contract, there is language that is difficult to understand and you need to know your rights.
Misleading statements you may have been told:
Most of these statements are made during the initial sales pitch and will never appear in a contract. This makes them unenforceable and your timeshare worth a lot less.
The timeshare presentation can have a frenzied atmosphere as these companies try to get you to sign using high-pressure and intensive selling techniques. This can cause major problems as the best method of selling timeshares appears identical to timeshare scams. The same methods are employed by both scammers and legitimate timeshare companies.
If you have already signed an agreement and need to know how to get out of a timeshare, your best option is to consult an attorney. It isn’t easy to resist the high-pressure selling techniques and free gifts and there are times we sign papers without completely thinking it through.
If you are outside of your rescission period and feel you were misled into signing your contract, you should consult with a timeshare attorney.
If you believe you are a victim of timeshare fraud, schedule your free consultation with Attorney Susan Budowski today.