Follows in an excerpt from the submitted scam alert:
"...Received a phone call from ACCESS TRAVEL NETWORK and he offered to sell my "free weeks" (due, according to them, to expire in August 2012) of my timeshare. He said they "required" me to pay upfront for the booking fee of $149 per week for 10 weeks. Said they would send me a contract to consider and sign and return via fax. When I got the electronic version of the contract (11 July), that clearly stated "7 day cancellation policy" on the form, I reviewed the document and saw no protection for me after the initial period so I wrote CANCEL in large letters and faxed it back to them with a request for "immediate refund" of the charge against my card. Then I received another call from a different person offering to cut the charge in half and to issue a credit for that amount and then to call back on 12 July to “review and finalize” all the details. He left a message later that day with a "tracking number" for the credit that was going back to my credit card. Same guy called back in the afternoon of 12 July (three hours later than he told me he would call) just as I was sending another fax demanding a refund for ALL charges because my credit card had no record of that tracking number or a credit pending. When I told him I was cancelling the whole thing without ever signing the contract and that I was within my seven day window to cancel, he hung up on me. I then filed a dispute complaint with my credit card and f! iled an online complaint with the Florida consumers' department. My credit card company has informed me that I have no obligation to pay until the complaint is resolved by them and the merchant. THIS IS CLEARLY A SCAM..."
This consumer actually owns a timeshare week at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, which does not offer any type of "free" or "bonus weeks" as a benefit of ownership. The property is affiliated with RCI, an exchange system that does offer members the ability to "purchase" getaway weeks as well as exchange the ownership week for another destination. RCI's rules and regulations strictly prohibit the ability for individual members to commercially "rent" any exchange weeks. Based on this discrepancy alone, I would strongly urge timeshare owners to be wary of any company which offers marketing services for "bonus time" that does not even exist!
You can review the paperwork the reader states he was asked to sign below. To me, it clearly reads as a timeshare marketing agreement only- and states that there are no current offers for the target property. Consumers should understand that while many experts agree that timeshare owners should not pay ANY large upfront fees to sell or rent an unwanted timeshare, it is NOT illegal for an advertising company to charge for it's services.
If you believe that you have been the victim or any type of telemarketing or timeshare fraud perpetrated by this company, please take the time to report the crime to the Florida Attorney General by clicking HERE.