THE GOVERNMENT OF SPAIN
Travelwatchdog has now been in operation for more than three years and has handled thousands of complaints from holidaymakers and travellers about a variety of companies operating in dozens of countries all over the world. One thing that can be guaranteed is that in every batch of e-mails, there will be some complaining about time-share or holiday club scams in Spain. Very often these companies have been operating for several years, defrauding holiday-makers of thousands of Euros. There is no cooling off period and, on several occasions, attempts to recover deposits of thousands of pounds have been met by threats of violence. These reports are not about France, Germany, Portugal or even Bulgaria; they are all about Spain. Why should this be? The reason is patently clear; despite European law, the Spanish police and justice department take no action to bring these fraudsters to justice and seem quite happy to allow them to operate.
Not many years ago Spain was a well known refuge for crooks escaping justice in other countries. It seems that the Spanish authorities are still content to encourage them to operate in Spain: in our view failure to take action amounts to active encouragement! If you fancy a time-share, go and see a reputable estate agent in your own country. Never buy from these modern day highwaymen on mopeds.
FULFILLMENT INTERNATIONAL - COLDWATER MICHIGAN
If you get a telephone call from the above name corporation, offering you the holiday of a lifetime, tell them to go away. The whole package is a total scam and their activities over the past 4 years are well documented at http://badbusinessbureau.com/reports/ripoff100063.htm Their method is to cold-call, telling you that you have won a holiday. They will then ask for c$800 per person which, if paid, will be followed up by further supplementary demands for smaller amounts. Don't be sucked in!
These people have got away with their fraud for two reasons. Firstly, insufficient people have made formal complaints to put pressure on the authorities and, secondly, because it is not an issue damaging their own residents, the law enforcement authorities at Coldwater have apparently ignored what has been happening. If you have been ripped off by this company, you should file a complaint with the office of the Attorney General of the State of Michigan.
The nature of crime is that fraudsters such as this seldom change their ways. They may well change their location and their business name, but they generally continue with the same type of fraud. If you are aware of any similar operations, please contact us.
Time Share - Holiday Bonds - Travel Club Memberships
One of the plagues affecting all travellers is the constant pressure from the mosquito on the moped who uses every possible ruse to persuade the vulnerable to part with a deposit to buy a timeshare they don't want, a holiday bond that offers no real benefits, or a travel club membership, the benefits from which they don't even understand. Our mail is regularly punctuated with pleas from travellers who have been duped.
For some people, timeshare may be a benefit, but it is difficult to think who. Perhaps there are travellers who prefer to go to the same destination each holiday, or who are not daunted by the annual round of "lets try to swap". There are also many who discovered too late, that the annual cost of air travel to their timeshare, amounts to more than the cost of an all-inclusive package to the same destination, staying in a quality hotel at a time more suited to their requirements.
By all means, buy these deals if they suit your requirements, but never:
- Buy or pay while you are on holiday - Wait until you return home and are able to give proper consideration to what is on offer and at what price.
- Sign a contract for these services without taking advice from someone properly qualified.
- SELECTIVE SERVICES S.L - TENERIFE
The following are real cases and this company may still be operating, but perhaps under another name. If you recognise the pitch, or anything resembling it, report it to us please: