if you have any sort of association with the Timeshare industry, be it
as an owner, renter, salesman, or someone who is merely interested in
becoming any of those...you will have, or will soon....encounter a Scam
to part you from your hard earned money.
This Page was created
to centralize all of TUG's existing Free Timeshare Advice articles and
links to help you both identify and avoid scams, and possible courses
of action you can take if you were scammed or contacted by a scammer!
How do I tell if its a Scam?
We have two very popular
articles to help folks both Identify common scams in the Timeshare
industry, as well as determine if the company or individual who has
contacted you is trying to Scam you!
1. Timeshare Scams and Fairy Tales
article was written more than a decade ago and is constantly updated to
reflect the subtle changes these scammers have developed throughout the
years to keep these scams going.
2. Is this Timeshare Company Legitimate
a day goes by when we do not get a phone call, email or post on the
forums asking if "random xyz" company is legitimate or not. This
article will let you easily answer that question.
3. How to Verify a Timeshare Rental is Legit!
Rental scams do indeed happen! Here is a great way to protect
yourself if you are thinking of renting a Timeshare!
Ive already been Scammed, what can I do?
Well first off, at least reading
the above articles and having been ripped off at least once before, we
hope that you will never fall for one of these scams again!
However you do have some options in front of you in an attempt to
recover your money!
1. Timeshare Scam Retaliation
article provides a few steps to take after you have been scammed in an
attempt to have them refund your payment and who you can report the
But I read other folks had Success with these Scammers?
Ha! You would simply not
believe how creative some of these individuals are. We regularly
get shills of these companies coming onto the forums to report the
"successes" of said scammers...you will find this activity all over the
Internet. Remember, they are so successful at these scams because
they are so convincing its legitimate! This article shows how to
identify Timeshare Shills:
What is a Timeshare Shill
Ok, so how do I Sell or Rent without being Scammed?
First if you have read each of the articles above, you should
have no problem identifying the scams present in the industry today!
Now the following articles describe how to both Rent and Sell
your Timeshare yourself, and avoid being scammed!How to Sell your TimeshareHow to Rent your Timeshare
as an added note for good measure I would like to point out that we
believe the majority of Timeshares go unsold (and make you a perfect
target for the scammers above) because so many folks are simply out of
touch with the Timeshare Resale market. We suggest reading this
article for a reality check!Cold Hard Facts about Selling your Timeshare
But this company is a Charity, surely that cant be a Scam?
encounter the "charity donation" topic on a very regular basis.
Fact is folks, charities dont want your Timeshare...and if you
were able to sell it in the first place, you wouldn't be looking to
"donate" it. These two advice articles provide some real world
Tax information, as well as how many of these charities operate!
Can I Donate my Timeshare?
we were hesitant to mention the charity item here, we firmly believe
that many of these organizations are providing very shady tax advice in
the effort to get you to pay a significant fee upfront. It is
important for you to know the facts before making any sort of financial
The Final Word!
As mentioned before, if you
are in any way related to the Timeshare Industry...you are going to
encounter a Scam of some sort if you have not already done so! They are so popular now for one reason only:
They are SUCCESSFUL!
of folks every day fall for these scams that seem so blatantly obvious
after reading these articles, but become much more convincing when
We hope at the very least that this helps many a Timeshare owner protect themselves from becoming the next victim!
Feel free to stop by our Timeshare Online Community Forums
want to ask specific questions, with more than 65,000 other Timeshare
owners and experts, no question goes unanswered!