Timeshare sales becoming a scam danger zone

Timeshare fraud draws attorneys general attention
Timeshare fraud draws attorneys general attention

Timeshare sales. For many that evokes thoughts of high-pressure sales tactics in an industry that has been plagued at various times with a deservedly poor reputation. Timeshare complaints from Ohio consumers alone nearly doubled from 2008 to 2009 to 80 and complaints so far in 2010 are on a pace to surpass that, prompting that state's attorney general to issue a warning about the growing problem of timeshare sales scams.

While the industry has worked hard to clean up its image -- and big names in the hospitality industry such as Hilton and Marriott are major players -- a growing scam has once again shined light on the darker side.