Thursday, April 26, 2018

What are the Consequences of Defaulting on my Timeshare?

What are the Consequences of Defaulting on my Timeshare?

On numerous timeshare forums and on timeshare complaint websites you will find a common question, which is “What are the consequences of defaulting on my timeshare”? Many times this common question is being asked by a genuine person and client that is simply looking for options, but some of the questions are being asked by a timeshare cancellation scammer in order to promote their services that is fake.

Below is more information on the question “What are the consequences of defaulting on my timeshare”?

If you stop default on a timeshare, what can happen?

If you are unable to pay your timeshare payments or your annual dues, then one important thing to do is to be informed on what will happen if you stop paying your timeshare payments. Is the risks worth damaging your credit rating and score or even having legal action taken against you for defaulting on your timeshare?

Your specific circumstances will determine the consequences: 

Your specific circumstances will determine the consequences of defaulting on your timeshare. It will depend on whether you took out a personal loan to make the payments or if you are considering halting on the timeshare maintenance fees that are required. For example, if your loan payments are in default, then the consequences will be more severe than if your maintenance fee payments are behind. You will not be able to use your timeshare if both of these cases have occurred until you catch up the timeshare loan payments and the timeshare maintenance fees.

Timeshare Maintenance Fee Consequences

Naturally, every timeshare company will have their own policy and rules about defaulting on your timeshare maintenance payments, but many of the timeshare companies do enforce delinquency fees along with interest charges on the balance that is outstanding, and this could be charged by the day or by the month. All payments must be up to date if you want to use your timeshare. The first consequence that you will be facing when your timeshare maintenance fees or timeshare membership payments are not being paid is the use of your timeshare is prohibited. Many of the timeshare companies also will charge a reinstatement fee as well. If the timeshare company believes that you are not showing signs that you will pay your maintenance dues or membership payments, then your debt will be sold to a collection agency.

Foreclosure is Possible when defaulting on your timeshare

If you decide to stop paying your timeshare payments completely, then you will be at risk of a foreclosure. At first you will get a warning, then you will get phone calls and emails. If you ignore these attempts, then the timeshare company will file for a foreclosure, and they can even file for a claim against your personal possessions. You will also be responsible for paying the credit card or loan that you took out to pay for your timeshare too.

A Collection Agency

Your debt will be sold to a collection agency if you stop paying for your timeshare. The collection agency will then take the legal steps in suing you, which will negatively affect your credit rating and your life will be in major discomfort as the collection agency will call you many times throughout the day, and this will occur every day along with coming to your home.

Your Credit Score will be affected

If you stop paying for your timeshare in Mexico, then your credit score and rating will be affected.

Cancellation Company Scams

If you are considering defaulting on your timeshare payments, then you will become an easy target and victim of the timeshare cancellation company scams. They will take your money by telling you that they are saving you money and the consequences that comes when you stop paying for your timeshare.

Now you know what the consequences of defaulting on your timeshare. Is it worth it?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Protection from Timeshare Scams

Protection from Timeshare Scams

You may be aware that scams are somewhat common in the timeshare and vacation ownership industry, and though the government and the timeshare providers have put measures in place to protect consumers, some timeshare scammers are very clever! We want to arm you with all the knowledge you need to protect yourself from scams of all kinds.

Protection from Timeshare Scams

We are working hard to help timeshare consumers to identify and avoid fraudulent schemes and timeshare scammers, and as such we hope the information compiled here will help you to protect yourself and your investments. The best way to be safe from a timeshare scam is to only deal with reputable companies with a long history in the business.

Here are some tips for protection from timeshare scams. 

How to identify a timeshare scam artist on the telephone?

Sadly, you cannot always know for sure if the person who calls you is legitimate or not, but there are some things you can do to protect yourselves.

First and foremost, you should trust your gut instincts; if something feels too good to be true there’s a very good chance it is. If someone’s offering something for nothing, or if they’re offering a ridiculously good deal you should be questioning whether it’s honest or not. Criminals will try to get your banks details and/or money; if you receive an email which offers to rent or sell your timeshare you should check out the details of the person and company.

If the individual claims to represent a known company (or your provider) be sure to check them out with that company directly.

What should I do if I believe I have been called by a timeshare scammer?

You should ensure you do these things:

  1. Keep the person who calls on the line for as long as you can and get as many details from them as you can. Ask about their organization, what they do, and their name etc and take a note of all this. Never give any bank details or credit card details, and do not open or forward suspicious emails (be wary of viruses!).
  2. File a report with local law enforcement about the timeshare scam, and provide them with as much information as you can!
  3. Once you have all of the information you require tell the caller to remove you from their contact list and hang up.
  4. Ensure you consult lists of known scam artists; ARDA offers a helpful library of fraud and scam articles which is regularly updated and can be seen by clicking here. (

How do I make a complaint regarding a timeshare scam artist?

  1. Firstly, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission (Business Fraud Division) on 1-877-382-4357 or go online and file a complaint by clicking here. (
  2. Report the incident to your state’s Attorney General’s Office. You can generally file a complaint from the relevant website; just search for your states Attorney General Office through google.
  3. You may never have heard of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), but they are particularly sensitive to scams and are aggressive in the defense of consumers. File a complaint by clicking here.  ( )

Education, knowledge, and awareness are your best defenses against fraudsters and timeshare scams; let us know if you have any tips that might help!