"This year was our biggest and best we've ever had. We don't want our reputation being tainted by something else," said Bill Fitzgerald of the Franklin Rodeo and Rotary Club.
WSMV reported that several consumers were allegedly called after the event and told that they had one a "free" trip. One consumer, Aimee Baggett, stated that they caller "...said that the state of Florida pays for 85 percent of the trip that you've won, so I would be responsible for $398 worth of promotional fees." When the company then asked for a credit card number or a bank draft, she became skeptical. Some simple research discovered that My Dream Escape goes by three different names and has a D-rating from the Better Business Bureau, and Baggett stated she found complaint after complaint about the company on consumer websites.
As always in the timeshare and travel industry, consumers should be aware that "Free" rarely means no cost to the consumer. Individuals should never purchase any type of travel or timeshare product on impulse, and should always take the time to research the company and product prior to signing any paperwork. Consumers should always read the fine print of any offers, surveys, or websites if they want to protect their personal information.
If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful sales practices involving any type or timeshare or travel related product, please report the crime to your states Attorney General. You can find contact information for the Attorneys General by clicking HERE.