Travel, timeshare scams crop up in summerThe beginning of the summer vacation season is a good time for a reminder about travel and timeshare-related scams that can cost consumers thousands of dollars.
MADISON — The beginning of the summer vacation season is a good time for a reminder about travel and timeshare-related scams that can cost consumers thousands of dollars. The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are joining the Federal Trade Commission and other state attorneys general offices in a nationwide effort to educate consumers about how to avoid travel and timeshare scams.
Most Wisconsin households have probably received solicitations promising free trips, or great deals on travel. In some instances, the contact is made through robocalls or text messages. Often the sales pitch conveys the impression that the consumer must act quickly to take advantage of a great opportunity. Such come-ons are often used by companies engaged in fraudulent or otherwise illegal activity.
“Every year numerous Wisconsin citizens fall prey to fraudulent travel and timeshare schemes,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “I encourage consumers to exercise caution in responding to travel-related offers, and to do their homework in checking out companies before they commit to spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on what may turn out to be a scam. My office takes travel-related fraud seriously, and will continue to vigorously prosecute unscrupulous companies that rip off Wisconsin consumers through bogus travel-related schemes.”