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Wyndham Vacation Resorts / Timeshares – Scam promise! Review 59202

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I am completely appalled by what I am about to tell you. Purchased a timeshare from fairfield fairshare plus resorts currently doing business as wyndham vacation resorts, rci, cendant inc (parent company). Being skeptical about the ease and worry free vacation promise, they promised big vacation savings, convenience, flexibility, and great customer service. All false. My main contention for buying this timeshare was my inability to use it yearly and lengthy advance reservations. “no problem, you can bank up to 4 years of unused timeshare, ” they preached. I have called several times and have not had any unused timeshare banked because I called to early, too late, on time and they still miss handled it. They told me if I ever need to stay in a hotel call one off the list and use my vacation points to get a room. That sounded good, so I tried that by calling their hotel number for a reservation 16 days in advance. They mail a certificate to use in about 14 days. I left and the certificate never arrived, how convenient is that, shouldn’t it be click, click and in the mail? I asked to have it emailed and I will print it out, or let me right down the numbers needed to check in. What a hassle. I had to pay for hotel, and never got reimbursed by fairfield. As it turns out, they embellished, lied about the ease of getting a hotel if I am traveling by car and need to stop and get a room.

As a bonus for being a new wonderfully appreciated customer (sucker) I received a free vacation week. I found out 2 years later by a fairfield sales person, that fairfield was charging me maintenance assessment fees for the free vacation time. According to a fairfield sales person, and a fairfield customer service representative, that should not happen. Not resolved.
Fairfield’s timeshare costs about $600 per year in maintenance fees for a week vacation. And in addition, a $5 monthly service fee for mailing a monthly bill. Fairfield’s scam begins by calling me to give them a credit card number for an automatic maintenance fee withdrawal to eliminate the $5 per month service fee for mailing the monthly maintenance assessment fee. I refused twice, and gave them my credit card number for the automatic withdrawal the third time they called.

The scam continues with a letter saying my maintenance fee is two months over due. I called customer service several times over several months. Their responses were first, you’re all set up and we have been making withdrawals, we’ll research this and get back to you. Second, they said we’ll remove this, it may take a month. Two months later I call customer service after receiving another late payment letter, and explain my previous calls, to resolve this mistake. Now customer service tells me to disregard future letters, we have your information, we will take care of this. Now a collection letter arrives.

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Burned! A London Vacation Rental Scam

Pretty good for $73 a night, if it were for real.Pretty good for $73 a night. If it were for real.

I was stressed, rushing to make last-minute lodging arrangements for a three-stop writing trip to Europe, when it appeared on Craigslist: the perfect apartment for my first stop in London. A tiny studio in Notting Hill
for just £45, or $73, a night.

I hadn’t been in London since I was a boy, so I shot the link around to some friends to ask about the location. Great neighborhood, they said. Take
it.

I filled out the online form and an agent wrote me back almost instantly. Yes, the apartment was available. Just prepay and it’s yours — five nights plus a security deposit of £200. Sorry, no credit
cards. No PayPal, either. I should wire money, including a security deposit, to the owner’s British bank account.

At this point, I suppose I should have known I was being scammed. A bank transfer? Who pays by bank transfer?

I’ll tell you who pays by bank transfer: people all over Brazil, where I’d recently lived for two years. It’s actually a fantastic system. You just go online (or to an A.T.M.) and move money from
your bank account to anyone else’s. I’ve paid doctor’s bills this way, reimbursed friends for the tiniest of loans and, yes, even reserved rooms in small inns that didn’t take credit
cards. In fact, I’d often wondered why we don’t have such a system in the United States. (We actually do. It’s called a check, but it’s fallen out of favor.)

The night before I left, literally as I was packing my bags, an e-mail came in with some dubious grammar: “I was actually arrested today because the owner of the apartment you paid for refused to pay taxes and
because of that the property was sealed. I was arrested because the landlord ran away. I will be traveling out of London first thing tomorrow because I was given 24 hours to provide him if not I will be held responsible.
If am not been able to get your money back from the owner latest by weekend, then I will refund with my money on Monday. Please do not be offended over this, I never planned for it.”

My stomach dropped. I’d been scammed. Monday came and went with no sign of a refund. Then came a bit of detective work: I created an alternate e-mail address and asked the same agent for the apartment. The agent
said it was available, erasing any remaining doubts.

It was, as anyone else can tell you who has been suckered, humiliating. And of course, sharing it here makes it even more so. I can just feel the comments and e-mails coming about how gullible, stupid, shortsighted,
I was.

And yes, in retrospect, I suppose I was all those things.

The fake floor plan.The fake floor plan.

Through some Googling, I found a description of the very scam, with different names and details, on Scamwarners.com, a victim support and information site for

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