Earlier this week, RCI issued this advisory:
While I applaud the fact that RCI or any timeshare related company is trying to warn consumers, I don't know why all of these warnings are so soft.
The advisory gives this advice:
1) get the offer details
2) be very skeptical of any upfront fees
3) be wary
No, no and no.
It should be as follows:
1) if a phone call, hang up
2) if a direct mail piece, throw out
3) if an e-mail, delete
No reputable company that I know of cold calls. NONE.
If you don't initiate contact, then they are no good.
Since I repeat the samee thing over and over again, as do other companies and individuals who hear from consumers after they've been ripped off for thousands of dollars, let me put it in terms you, the frustated timeshare owner, can understand:
REMEMBER HOW YOU GOT INTO THIS TIMESHARE IN THE FIRST PLACE? RIGHT, SOMEONE CONTACTED YOU FIRST. AND NOW WHERE ARE YOU?