Having been in the business for over a decade and having helped thousands of people just like you successfully exit their timeshares, we have seen many scams come and go. We want to share with some of the more common timeshare exit scams, in the event that you come across them in your quest to end your timeshare ownership. You can read more about timeshare exit scams, red flags, and exit strategies to avoid in our Consumers Guide to Timeshare Exit
- Wiring Money Outside of the United States. If you don’t hear from that company after sending your money, you will typically have little to no recourse in getting your money back.
- A company that tells you that they have a buyer and are asking you to come up with closing costs or put money in escrow for the transaction. The FBI has warned that victims often report receiving phone calls from fraudulent sales representatives telling them they need an immediate answer because there is a willing timeshare buyer on the other line or in their office. Once the payment is made, you never hear from the company again.
- A company that recommends donating your timeshare for a tax deduction. These programs could get you in serious hot water with the IRS, especially if you claim an invalid deduction. If you attempt to deduct an amount that is greater than fair market value, you also might invite an audit of your tax returns from the IRS.
- Companies that try to trick you into thinking you are working with Newton Group. As crazy as it sounds, our competitors know that we are the most trusted name in timeshare exit, so they run ads and send mailers using our name or as close to our name as they can get, to try to trick people into thinking they are doing business with us.
While the items below are not always scams, here are some timeshare exit strategies to approach with caution:
- Companies or websites that charge hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars just to help you list your timeshare for sale. It’s a futile effort because the timeshare resale market is virtually non-existent, and the longer you delay the inevitable, the more money you will spend paying your ever-increasing maintenance fees and other fees related to your timeshare.
- An advocacy group that emphasizes that they have “attorneys on staff.” Many advocacy groups market the fact they have attorneys on staff, which sounds great, but this is just another marketing scheme — it does nothing to protect you as a consumer. If these attorneys aren’t representing you, the timeshare owner, the fact that they have attorneys on staff is irrelevant.
- A company that is promising you a quick timeshare exit. Companies either unknowingly or willingly take money for a (timeshare exit) service that cannot be completed in a specified time frame. After that time frame, these companies are often bankrupt, out of business, or both, which means you will likely lose your money (because the company is no longer around to honor their “money back guarantee”) and you still own your timeshare.