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World Ventures Travel Club (MLM) Makes News – The Bad Kind!

Have multi level marketing companies infiltrated your local college campus? Some at the University of Denver think so.

Recently, a man was attempting to sell discount vacations to about 20 students in Nelson’s private dining hall. It was uncovered that the salesman’s name was Dan Hoyte and he claimed to represent WorldVentures Marketing LLC, a company that sells memberships of a discount vacation club  of travel services.

The BBB lists WorldVentures as having a Plano, Texas headquarters. The BBB gives them a ‘B-’ rating with 46 listed complaints over seven years.

However, the BBB also lists another World Ventures, LLC in California as having an ‘F’ rating due to… Continue reading

Global Services Network Scam ?

Is Global Services Network really a scam? Many people in Maryland are calling it one, and thats the reason why it made the local news in that area.

Check out this video, and read below. Lifetime memberships never used

The slick sales pitch got her to shell out $5,000 for a lifetime membership. Otrobba paid $500 plus transfer fees, processing fees and taxes.

In Byank’s case, not only has she never used the service, they’ve also withdrawn $3,500 from her account since 2008.

“It has been extremely difficult,” she said. “It has been a nightmare.”

That’s when 7 On Your Side jumped into action, taking hidden cameras to an informational meeting much like the ones Byank and Otrobba did. The… Continue reading

Outrigger Travel Club “outed” for not having good deals

Some may say that Outrigger Travel Club is not providing the savings their sales offices are claiming. Just check out this wonderful written article below from The Patriot Ledger in Boston, Ma.

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Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has sued the operators of a vacation club with a South Shore sales office, alleging that victims lost thousands of dollars after they were pressured to join the club.

The complaint, which was filed in Suffolk Superior Court last week, claims that Only Way 2 Go Travel in Plymouth and Fantasia Travel Group in Methuen used bait-and-switch tactics to persuade people to sign up for Outrigger Vacation Club of Tulsa, Okla.

However, the club offered no benefits that were substantially better than… Continue reading

Man Facing Fraud Charges

A New Jersey man operating Travel Deals Limited Liability Co. in New Jersey, a travel club similar to a Travel Deals that visited Nashua in June, was arrested Monday for allegedly violating the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and Advertising Regulations.

New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen Taylor announced the search warrant and arrest of Daryl Turner, the owner of numerous vacation travel club companies with a long history of consumer complaints in the Garden State.

New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs last month filed a six-count complaint in Burlington County Superior Court charging Turner individually and doing business as Reservations, his wife, Robyn Bernstein and their Marlton, N.J.-based company Travel Deals Limited Liability Co.… Continue reading

How To Protect Yourself

Consumer protection groups

Federal Citizen Information Center has contact information and links to consumer protection offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Virgin Islands. These offices receive and mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate a variety of professionals.

Council of Better Business Bureaus has a searchable database of reliability reports on companies, an online complaint filing system and consumer tips.

 

Government agencies

National Association of Attorneys General provides links and contact information for the attorneys general of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Somoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

 

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Division… Continue reading

Spirit Airlines Defends Low Fares, High Fees

MIAMI - Standing before a luggage scale at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Rita Coskey was not happy with Spirit Airlines.

 

As she struggled to lighten her overweight suitcase – and avoid total baggage fees of $63 – the 25-year-old New Yorker renewed her vow to avoid the low-fare, fee-intensive airline for future travel.

 

“I remember saying the same thing, I’ll never fly them again,” Coskey said. “When I saw it was cheap, I forgot all that.”

 

It’s not that CEO Ben Baldanza doesn’t care about such complaints. But, he wonders, what do customers like Coskey expect?

 

“No one gets surprised when you go into McDonald’s and don’t see filet mignon on the menu,” he said.… Continue reading