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In the world of timeshares where consumers often feel already anxious and untrusting, there are now groups, people and organisations who intentionally deceive timeshare owners, claiming they have the ability to get them of their contract. Unfortunately, individuals who are desperate to be rid of their contract can be more susceptible to this type of timeshare scam and fall for the convincing spiel that they use to reel in innocent customers. In fact, these people that often call themselves ‘brokers or agents’ rarely hold the necessary licences and won’t work to sell the timeshare at all, but instead make their income by charging customers for their ‘selling’ services that doesn’t exist.

At Sarah Waddington Solicitors, we are here to help tackle these problems and advise you on how to deal with timeshare selling scams.

Where Do These Scams Originate From?

Timeshare selling scams usually originate from a cold call, meaning that someone will call you up and promote a service which isn’t always legitimate and truthful. When we look at the prospects of cold calling, these organisations don’t exactly achieve much and even if they think they are getting somewhere, the outcome may not be so great for them.

Most of these companies that ‘claim’ to be giving you genuine advice, are in fact other Timeshare companies, ex Timeshare sales people or funded by the Timeshare companies themselves. These organisations can become very forceful and aggressive when trying to sell something to people – making them feel intimidated or threatened and like they must invest in the proposed service, but this is just another type of timeshare scam that people should be wary of.

Organisations that involve themselves in Timeshare Selling Scams are clever in the way that they approach potential clients. They use tactics such as promising to buy you out of your timeshare or securing your release out of your existing timeshare, the reality however is that you will end up in the exact same situation but with less money after paying these scammers.

These organisations and the individuals who work for them can be very convincing and even though you might believe that they will do their best to help you, in reality you are simply just adding to the despair and frustration that you are currently experiencing.

How to Avoid Timeshare Scams

Timeshare Scams have increased in recent years. If you already have a timeshare and are hoping to get out, you could be vulnerable and at a higher risk of being scammed. It is important to get clued up on how this can be avoided. Some of the main methods that scammers will use include cold calling, on the street timeshare sales and misrepresentation.

It is important to note that we will never cold call you, along with many other officially registered companies, so if you ever receive a call from a company allegedly selling you a service which will get you out of your timeshare, either just say you aren’t interested or do your research before agreeing. When you suggest that this solution doesn’t appeal to you, these companies have a reputation of becoming quite assertive and forceful so if you have not requested the call, put the phone down immediately and do not engage in further contact.

How Sarah Waddington Solicitors Can Help You

Sarah Waddington Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and adhere to strict compliance guidelines. We pride ourselves on ensuring we deliver a professional service that our customers are satisfied with.

Ensuring that you are offered secure trusted advice from an early stage is vital when selecting a company to work with or buy from. You should always be thorough with anyone you choose to help you, whether that means asking several questions or doing some research before you commit, this is very important.

If you are looking to get out of your Timeshare legally and want to be sure that they are a dependable and authentic company, you can check if a firm is officially registered at www.lawsociety.org.co.uk. Even if you receive a call from a company suggesting they can help you, it is beneficial to take 2 minutes to see if they are registered at the law society. This way, you can be sure that you are investing your time into a legitimate company that has your genuine best interest at heart and will work to help solve your problems, not make them worse.

What are the warning signs that a timeshare is a scam?

Although a timeshare seller, agent or broker might seem genuine with their convincing legal jargon, fancy website and professional branding, the truth is that those who orchestrate timeshare scams are often exceptionally good at faking legitimacy.

Here are some easy to spot and clear warning signs that people should be aware of when interacting with these companies or individuals.

  • Promises of guaranteed financial returns with little to no risk
  • Dismissive when asked for concrete proof, evidence or stats
  • Investments are not registered with the regulatory body for the industry
  • When questioned of details regarding the investment strategy, investors are dismissed or told that it is ‘too complex’ to understand or even a ‘secret’.
  • Not being upfront about the exact purchase price and evading the question when asked
  • Official documentation or paperwork is not available to the ‘investor’
  • Removing money from the scheme is difficult if not impossible
  • The hard sell is infamous amongst timeshare sellers who can even use tactics such as plying the investors with free foo, drinks and even accommodation to pressure them into signing contracts they don’t understand.

Be vigilant, take your time, never sign anything before getting it checked by a legal representative and trust your gut, if a timeshare deal seems too good to be true then the chances are that it is!

If you aware of the potential timeshare selling scams but are still certain that you would like to invest in a timeshare, then there are certain steps that you can take in order to help protect yourself legally.

Ensure that you read all documentation, paperwork and contracts very carefully and pay particular attention to any fine print. Before signing you should have a clear understanding and written documentation of your;

  • Total financial responsibility
  • The total costs and what they cover such as fees, assessments and maintenance etc.
  • Your options should you choose to sell at any point
  • Legal rights and obligations pertaining to the country you are buying in

It is always advisable to seek advice from a professional timeshare lawyer who will be expertly qualified to help identify any potential issues with the deal.

  • Your options for backing out of the sale should be made clear to you and each state, country or region can vary in your right of refusal or ‘right of recission’ period for the timeshare contract. This period is typically around 3-10 days and during this time allows the buyer to cancel after signing with zero penalties.
  • If you do decide to cancel, be sure to send the letter of cancelation by certified / secure post, requesting a return receipt and signature upon delivery where possible. Keep all correspondence and records of cancellation in case you need them in the future.

Timeshare contracts can be extremely long, complex and diverse which is why people often feel out of options after spending a lot of time trying to resolve the issues themselves.

Whether you think you have been subject of a timeshare scam, were mis-sold a timeshare, are looking to get out of your contract or have a timeshare dispute then it is always advisable to seek help from a qualified professional. A solicitor who specialises in timeshares will be much be equipped and experienced in dealing with contract law and timeshare cancellations. Some timeshare companies are a lot more likely to resolve contract issues quickly when a solicitor is involved, rather than be faced with potential litigation.

A Metcalf May 2021

It’s finally over and we are out of the timeshare.

When I called in October last year and you answered the phone I was in a very bad place, having just realised I was being scammed again by J Foster Associates. You managed to calm me down and get my money back. I will not forget your calming voice that day and I will always be crateful to you for that. All the staff at Sara Waddington Solicitors have been excellent and the whole process has been smooth.

Mr B Davey

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to say a big thank you all at Sarah Waddington Solicitors who have helped us resolve our timeshare problem, you have put our minds at ease. I will not hesitate to recommend you should anybody who has a similar problem ask me in the future. Thanks again. Best Regards Mr B J Davey, Mrs J A Davey

Mr Terrence Webb

Former owner at Fortina Spa Resort, receiving over £14,000 in compensation. - "I was much relieved to be put in touch with you and I am just too impressed for words at the professionalism of the company."

P.A. Hobson

Thank you for your letter confirming the relinquishment of my timeshare. I was very pleased to receive it. I would like to thank you and your team for all your hard work, you made it very easy for me. All I had to do was be patient. So thank you very much and should anyone ask I will definitely recommend you.

Gary Semley

On a personal note today, after hearing the European Claim Centre (on the phone) call your company a 'scammer', today's conference came as further reassurance that we were absolutely with the right company. You may not realise it but your direct, and matter-of-fact 'bedside manner' left us in no doubt that we were under the care of very professional people (not that we should have needed any more reassurance).

Chris Roberton

Sarah gave excellent service and kept us informed in releasing us from Diamond Resorts points timeshare. Quite a relief to not have to pay those ever increasing maintenance fees. Thank you Sarah.

Mr and Mrs Andrews

When we got that final letter indicating that our membership with Diamond Resorts was now at an end it was such a relief. Financially it would have crippled us if we'd had to carry on paying the maintenance fees that were rising every year. When we took out our membership it was fine but everything went downhill after Diamond Resorts took over the business. It became a very expensive luxury which we could not afford and age and health became a problem. Diamond were very unhelpful when we tried to relinquish our membership and that was the reason why we turned to you for help. We would like to thank you for your help in this matter and we are more than happy with the representation and advice which you gave us.

Alan Clark

Sarah Waddington Solicitors has recently contested, and successfully won a flight compensation claim for me. I found them to be very friendly, helpful and extremely professional. The contact was minimal throughout with no hassle, and I was kept up to date with proceedings as things progressed. I received the full amount of compensation (although when I initially challenged the Airline myself they told me I wasn't entitled to anything!!) for which I am delighted. I would have no hesitation contacting Sarah Waddington again or recommending her to family, friends and colleagues.

Arman Mazlum

A first class service from an approachable yet highly professional practice. Dealt with my flight delay claim extremely swiftly and with minimal hassle. Much recommended.

Carol Walker

When the maintenance fees for our time share soared in price we decided to try and " get out of our contract" after much discussions we were told that it would be very difficult if not impossible eventually we were put in touch with Sarah and she said she could help. After many months of contact with the timeshare company Sarah was successful and our contract was cancelled. Sarah kept us informed every step of the way. So if you are looking to cancel your timeshare give Sarah a call I am sure she will give you excellent advice.

Colette Walton

When we were first told that Sarah Waddington Solicitors could terminate our contract with a points style timeshare company, we were concerned that it wasn't a legitimate claim, as we had been told by the timeshare company that it wasn't possible. However, Sarah Waddington's have managed to terminate our contract for us, for which we are very grateful. We were kept informed throughout the case, very politely and professionally. We would certainly recommend Sarah Waddington Solicitors to anyone who is having the same problems.

David Williams

I am very happy with the service and support Sarah has provide to me, in dealing with a complex case over the last 12 months. I would have no problems recommending Sarah to any of my friends. I have contacted other law firms in Leeds and found them pompous and arrogant, Sarah is not and works well those who have less or no legal knowledge. I would advise any new clients, Sarah is user friendly.

Paul Goodhall

Just received my cheque for over £600 for my Flight Delay claim which was handled by Sarah Waddington Solicitors. I had a flight delay with my family a few years ago and after coming across their website submitted my claim which was simple and stress free. They were able to get my compensation within a few months on a No Win No Fee basis, was well worth the wait and the fee and would highly recommend them to my friends and family which I have already done. The money will now go towards a much needed holiday for my family again and as much as the delay caused us to miss 3 hours of our holiday, to receive this money it goes a long way towards compensating us for the loss of the time and inconvenience. I now happily await the next 3 hour delay!!

Dr Pilkington

Thank you very much for your help on the Timeshare matter. I cannot tell you how relieved I am!

S Gerscher

It is indeed great news, my wife is highly delighted as there was the worry of anything had happened to me she would have struggled financially yo pay these fees. May I take this opportunity o thank you and your colleagues for making this possible.

Mr & Mrs Betchley

Thank you for all the work that you ad the team carried out for our Timeshare relinquishment.

Mrs & Mrs Laughton

Thanks to all the team at Sarah Waddington Solicitors for their expert assistance & work in bringing this Timeshare matter y a successful conclusion. I would recommend your Solicitors practice without reservation to others who may now have reached a stage in their life where circumstances are changing.

Mr & Mrs Allen

Many thank once again for all the work you have done to draw this Timeshare issue to a close. It is very much appreciated and a great relief.

Mr & Mrs Cumberauld

After seeking to free ourselves from the trauma of timeshare, pestered by organisations who wanted to “help”, but it felt like timeshare selling all over again! We then found the team at Sarah Waddington Solicitors. An incredible team that communicates frequently and they successfully steered us through to our relinquishment. What a result SWS has our deepest thanks.

Mr & Mrs Sides

Thank you so much for getting me out of my Timeshare contract and getting all my money back. Please accept my very sincere thanks for all your help and hard work on my behalf. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am.

Ms G Cope-Brown. 3/06/2019

“Thank you to the team at Sarah Waddington Solicitors for getting me out of my Timeshare. We were impressed with just how quick and easy it was”.

Ms Aerts, Berkshire. 13/6/2019

“I would like to thank Sarah Waddington Solicitors for dealing with my Holiday Sickness Claim on my behalf. I have now received the compensation that I was rightfully owed and I’m very grateful for all of their help”

Mr Rowley. 13/6/2019

“On behalf of Mrs Evans & I. We both thank you so very very much, for your determination & persistence in managing to resolve our claim against, Vuelling Airlines. Lisa, you have shown so much empathy & understanding to us both in this long fought battle & I hope your superiors appreciate that your a great asset to their firm!!!You have made to over 70s very happy & we shall recommend your firm to others, who have had similar unfortunate & stressful dealing with Airline Companies regarding similar flight cancellations. We shall now book another holiday but no flights with, Vuelling Airlines!!!'”.

Mr & Mrs Scullion, 14/6/2019

“Hello to all, just received the excellent news regarding our claim against Fuelling Airlines and would like to thank you for all your hard work and perseverance regards our claim excellent result”

Mrs Evans. 14/6/2019

I would like to thank everyone at Sarah Waddington especially John Hurley for Issuing proceedings and getting me out of the contract I had with Club la Costa. It's a relief to have that weight taken off me. I would recommend this business to anyone in my situation.

Ms Vail. 19/6/2019

Thank you for your call today letting us know we are out of our Timeshare, we are both so grateful for this piece of news. At this point, we are both looking forwards to finally thinking about 'living' again after the last four years or so of feeling like we'd completely wrecked the financial lives of our children as well as our own. Thanks to the persistence and sheer hard work of Sarah Waddington Solicitors it is now dawning on us that we can move on with our lives and we are eternally grateful to them for this.

Mr & Mrs Semley, Barnsley. 24/5/2019

Thank you to Sarah Waddingtons for their help terminating my timeshare contract- it is a great relief to have this finalised so that my daughter does not have to be bothered with it in the future

Ms Yellop. 29/7/2019

Thank you to Sarah Waddingtons for their help terminating my timeshare contract- it is a great relief to have this finalised so that my daughter does not have to be bothered with it in the future

Mr & Mrs Pask. 07/8/2019

We have today received a letter from Lena Karisson of Palm Oasis confirming our contract is cancelled. Hallelujah it has taken a lot of time and work to achieve. So thank you.

Ms Toone, Leicestershire. 28/8/2019

Thank you for getting me my compensation for my holiday sickness claim, such a relief. Please extend my thanks to Ornella and Alfie for bringing this to such a satisfactory conclusion.

Mr & Mrs Ramage 4/9/2019

We are delighted at the work carried out on our behalf, and our successful relinquishment of our timeshare by Sarah Waddington solicitors, and all so quick and pleasant. Mr Robert Adam was a joy to talk to and kept us informed throughout the process.

Mr & Mrs Jervis 10/9/2019

A big thank you to Sarah Waddington and her team for the hard work and unflappable, steady and reassuring professionalism throughout. Thanks to the team’s efforts and expertise we are finally released from our timeshare contract

Z Chaieb 21/10/2019

Richard Ricks is a knowledgeable, helpful, professional, understanding, and calm Barrister. He dealt with my case incredibly well, and got me the result I needed and wanted. I would highly recommend him to anybody in need of legal support.

T.G. & R.A. Booth. 21/10/2019

We are extremely grateful that Sarah Waddington Solicitors have managed to cancel our contract with Club la Costa. It has been like an albatross around our necks and it hasn't helped the health issues that we both have been suffering from for the last few years. It feels like a great weight has been lifted.

Mr and Mrs Byrne 27/9/2019

We have received today 27/9/2019 a letter from V C Lawson Legal Dept Diamond Resorts confirming our contract with them has been cancelled, it has taken 2 years and money to do it but we are finely FREE hooray!!!.Thank You for all the work you have done to get us and our family out of all this situation.

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At Sarah Waddington Solicitors, we are here to help our clients with all of their legal timeshare needs. If you would like to find out more or need some advice on your circumstances, then please do not hesitate to contact us by calling direct on – 01924 601009 or emailing – info@sarahwaddingtonsolicitors.co.uk. Alternatively, feel free to send us a message though our websites contact page and one of our timeshare experts will be in touch with you shortly.


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