If you are the owner of a Garza Blanca timeshare, or are considering investing in a Garza Blanca Residence Club membership you may be interested in learning about some of the timeshare scams you should look out for. Garza Blanca Residence Club is a genuine timeshare company but there are other types of timeshare scams that could affect you, such as resale scams, cancellation scams and rental scams.
Scammers in the timeshare industry are becoming ever more savvy, targeting both happy timeshare owners as well as potential buyers. Sadly, recent years have seen a minor surge in scams within the industry and they’re getting smarter and smarter when it comes to impersonating reputable providers. You might think “how could I possibly be scammed if I already have a membership with a reputable club like Garza Blanca?”… well, you’d be surprised at what these fraudsters can come up with!
Garza Blanca Resale Scams
It has long been known that the resale market for timeshare is riddled with scams. Finding a genuine timeshare worth buying, that doesn’t come with years of unpaid membership fees, is pretty rare. As Garza Blanca is a relatively new resort, there are not many resales to choose from, which means that those that you do find are most probably scams and should be avoided. It is always best to buy a timeshare directly from the resort to avoid a Garza Blanca timeshare scam involving a resale.
Another Garza Blanca timeshare scam that involves resales is targeted at current owners. Resale scams are very tricky as they will contact existing members by telephone, email or letter and try to attract them with the promise of a lucrative resale. Even the most contented Garza Blanca timeshare member might be tempted by the prices they say are on offer, but it’s very easy to spot a scammer here; they will ask for an ‘introduction fee’. They will then, of course, take the money and run.
Protect yourself from fake sellers by making sure that you only purchase a Garza Blanca timeshare while you are located within the resort itself. Anyone that tries to sell a timeshare via photos or promises are heading you towards a Garza Blanca timeshare scam.
Renting a Timeshare
If you’re planning to rent out your vacation time this year for whatever reason then please be aware that there are now rental agency scams which will charge you an upfront fee and then disappear! To avoid these fraudsters all you must do is use an agency recommended to you either by the company or by a friends who has used them before. A genuine rental agency will charge commission, but never ask for an upfront fee.
Scams to Cancel your Garza Blanca Timeshare
Cancellation scams prey on those who are having doubts about their membership by contacting members and claiming to be able to cancel the contract. They will usually pose as lawyers and try to bamboozle you with legal speak. All timeshare contracts, not matter which company, are legally binding after the cooling off period; you can cancel until the cooling period is complete, but not after. These scams will usually hit you with fees and rates, but leave you in the lurch to deal with a loan or membership fees you thought was no longer an issue.
What you can do if you find yourself involved in a scam
If you fear you have been scammed the first thing to do is to report the incident to the Members Services at the Garza Blanca timeshare timeshare division. You can make a complaint to the Federal Trade Division by calling the Business Fraud Division on 1-877-382-4357, and do call your state attorney general’s office. The number for your state attorney general can be found online or through the yellow pages. We would also recommend that you report the incident to ARDA, which you can do by visiting; http://www.arda.org/advisories. In order to build a good case against the fraudsters you should keep all communications and a record of when money was sent, how and to where.