Earlier this week, the Office of Fair Trading announced that it is filing suit against three companies involved in the marketing or sale of holiday club memberships, alleging that the companies misled people about the sale of their timeshares. The companies named are Incentive Leisure Group Limited, Personal Travel Group Limited and Geo Demographic Market Research Ltd (formerly known as the Direct Marketing Partnership Group Ltd).
The action claims that these companies encourage consumers to attend presentations, on the basis that they would be able to get dispose of their timeshare, However, when people come to the presentations, they are instead sold very expensive holiday club memberships.
Members of the public who believe they may have been defrauded by any of these groups should either contact Consumer Direct (http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/) or alternatively, RDO’s experienced enforcement team on firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, the best way to avoid timeshare related scams is simply to NEVER pay any type of upfront fee to sell or liquidate an unwanted timeshare ownership or holiday club membership!