The membership fee scam target timeshare owners who either list a week for rent or for sale. The owner is contacted by the representative of alead company with “good news” that they have an interested party, who wants to rent/buy the week, with a catch. The catch being that business only provide leads to its members. Information regarding the interested party can only be obtained after paying a membership fee. The owner may be desperate to rent/sell their week, and they pay the membership fee, only to find out that the “interested party” is no longer interested. In some cases the company no longer returns phone calls or emails after the fees are paid.
Never pay up-front fees. This is generally a good rule when selling or renting a timeshare. Scammers prey on desperate timeshare owners looking to rent or sell their week. Most legitimate businesses will not contact you with offers dependent on a fee. There are some legitimate, and beneficial, companies that do require up-front fees. Some legitimate timeshare sales companies require up-front listing fees, however these companies never contact sellers/renters to solicit fees. Check the BBB’s website for a listing of the company if you are unsure. Do not pay a fee if there is any doubt in your mind.
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