Sunday, January 28, 2018

So Many Ways to be Scammed!

So Many Ways to be Scammed!

Here on this website we are dedicated to helping you to avoid being scammed, with a particular focus on timeshare and vacation club scams. However, we thought it would be interesting to write an article about the whole range of scams that can affect innocent individuals to give you an idea of the way that scammers minds’ work.

Romantic Relationship Scams

This is when a scammer builds up an intense relationship with someone. The most common form of this kind of scam happens online, when people meet in chat rooms or on dating websites; however these scams can also occur in person, resulting in large scale frauds. The story for online romance scams usually follows a similar pattern. You get to know someone online, you start chatting or emailing, perhaps for some reason you cannot do a video call. They seem like an amazing person and you arrange to meet and start making plans. Something will then happen, like a family disaster, illness etc which requires money to pay for doctors fees or transport etc. You start sending money to help but you never get to meet.

Worse than online scams, are those when people have been known to marry a fraudster whose intention is to scam them out of money. In more sinister cases, partners have been murdered.


Victims of this kind of scam are encouraged to perform some kind of sex act during a video call that is secretly recorded. Subsequently, the scammer threatens to publish the video publicly to shame you or send it to your family members unless you pay money. This kind of scam is traumatic for all but particularly for those people who live in a particularly conservative community or country where a video of this kind could ruin your business or even result in prison depending on the sex act.

Hitmen and kidnappers

An extreme scam that has serious implications and can cause great distress. You are contacted to be told that someone has paid money for you or a member of your family to be killed. If you are prepared to pay more, the hitman will refrain from killing you. Another variation is when you get a call claiming that a member of your family has been kidnapped and a ransom needs to be paid. Often you will hear calls in the background from someone asking for help. In such cases, you should find a way of contacting your family members to ensure they are safe before ignoring the calls.

Inheritance Scams

A popular scam in recent years is to receive an email claiming that you have unclaimed inheritance. The contact will help you to release the funds but needs money upfront. Sometimes this kind of scam is based around the story that the emailer is going to share their inheritance with you if you help them release the inheritance.

Sick children

A sad scam that is ruining the chances for genuine crowdfunding cases. You may find scams on social media asking for money to pay for the treatment of a sick child. You send money and later discover that it was all a scam.


You see an advert for cute pets up for free adoption, you only have to pay for the delivery. Your cute pet never arrives and you have been scammed.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Real Estate or Timeshare in Puerto Vallarta?

Real Estate or Timeshare in Puerto Vallarta?

There are, undoubtedly, pros and cons to owning a timeshare, just as there are with owning a second home, and whether or not this is a good option for you depends on your personal circumstances and desires.

Take a look at our top reasons to invest in a timeshare in Puerto Vallarta to see if this sounds like something for you or not;

Location: one thing that is guaranteed when you buy a timeshare in Puerto Vallarta is an amazing location. Timeshare developments are based on a number of factors, but location is one of the biggest; after all they are designed to draw tourists (who literally have the world to choose from). Timeshare in Puerto Vallarta means ultimate beach living without the hassle of travel; you’d be hard pushed to find a home in such stunning surrounds without considering timeshares.

Timing: one of the great things about timeshares, vacation clubs, and even fractional ownership, is that you only have to pay for the time you will be using the property. This means that when you can only visit once or twice a year, you’re not paying for the time the home lies empty, and as other people will have time in the same home it means that the unit is always maintained and taken care of. Thus its always ready for your next stay.

Amenities: you will no doubt be able to find a home or apartment with a great view, maybe even in a good location, but you will not find a home (unless it’s a condo) which comes with amenities. Even if you do find one with amenities, we can assure you they won’t match what a timeshare development can offer. Pools, Spas, and dining experiences await you!

In Conclusion

It all depends on what you want from your new home; if you aim to  rent it out when you don’t use it, or dislike the idea of sharing your home with strangers a timeshare may not be for you… But if you want to get the most bang for your buck and have great amenities to hand you should consider a timeshare.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How does Adeprotur Support the Timeshare Industry?

How does Adeprotur Support the Timeshare Industry?

Even if you are fairly knowledgeable about timeshares and the timeshare industry in Mexico you may never have heard of Adeprotur, but trust us when we say that they are very important to the quality and success of timeshares within Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Banderas Bay!

Timeshare in Banderas Bay

Timeshares in this area first began in the 1970’s, and was off to a rocky start. Thus in the 80’s, 1986 to be precise, five of the biggest players in the industry came together with the vision of ensuring that the area’s industry was sustainable, ethical, and well thought of. They aimed to do that by ensuring good business practice within the commercialization of the area, and within the 180 sites in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Banderas Bay at the time (more like 500 now!).


Today Adeprotur has 24 associates and agreements and contracts with private companies and federal government alike; the 2015 – 2017 board of directors was made up of 4 chair persons, a secretary, a treasurer, a President, and a Vice President. Together they have worked towards furthering both the long and short-term goals of Adeprotur.

Support for vacation clubs and timeshare

In the short term, Adeprotur seeks to help vacation clubs and timeshare developments in the area to achieve ethical and sustainable growth with the help of its associates. This means transparency in all areas of the process, good business practice, and building good relationships with the local people and businesses.

Innovative and sustainable development

These factors are also a part of the advice that Adeprotur gives to timeshare developers in regards to its long-term goals. In the long term Adeprotur aims to promote innovative and sustainable development in commercialization and timeshare management so that the industry as a whole can benefit the areas in which it is most prevalent in a regular and stable way.

They do all this because they understand that an ethical and dynamic timeshare industry brings huge value to Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit; steady levels of occupancy and the returning nature of most guests mean that timeshare heavy areas avoid the peaks and troughs that plague many tourist towns.