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More people are coming forward following an NBC 10 investigation. Harry Hairston and the NBC 10 investigators have more details about what law enforcement sources call a bogus vacation club, ripping off people ...

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Jayne

Morrisville, PA

#1 Jul 2, 2008
My husband and I also fell for this scam last December. They offered a package for $24,000 but than offered to buy two timeshares from us so that we only had to pay $4000. By the time I got home at 10pm, I knew we had made a mistake and called to cancel. They said the paperwork had already been processed. It took me months of fighting to get a refund which finally happened but they kept $400.
Now I am trying to cash in my incentive award...roundtrip and rental car. What a joke dealing with Worldwide Travel. I have sent my form in 4 times and it keeps getting returned in error and they ask to resubmit it certified mail each time. After 3 times of sending it certified mail, I sent it the fourth time regular mail and of course it got rejected. Although they require it to be sent certified mail because of the enclosed money order, they return the money order regular mail. They refuse to talk to you on the phone and do everything by mail. It is obvious that although they entice you to attend the meeting with these trip prizes, they have no intentions of paying out. Please include Worldwide travel in your federal investigation since they are a partner in crime. I don't understand how these people can sleep at night.
hmmmmmm

Hillsborough, NJ

#2 Jul 2, 2008
My Boyfriend and I get these things all the time. We just go for the free stuff lol We went to one and got a free DVD player and a trip to Atlantic City, we never took the AC trip, then we went to one and got a free round trip 3 day 2 night trip to Las Vegas, which we did take, in the end it only cost us about $175.00 total plus spending money, then we went to another one and got a gift card to Olive Garden and a Visa gift card and also, we were supposed to get free round trip airfare to anywhere in the US but they wanted us to pay $100.00 deposit which I sent then I got the paper work back and it said we would be resposible for taxes and fees which would have been between $180.00 and $370.00 so I called them to cancel, after trying for a few weeks to get someone on the phone I finally did and I had to send a request in writing which I did, it took about 2 months but I finally got my $100.00 back. I like going for the free stuff, but I would never buy into their crap of lies, it is true when they say if it's too good to be true, then it probably is. Who is going to give you a ton of vacations for so cheap? Just go book your trips yourself, in the end you will save yourself a lot of money and trouble.
Saveur

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 2, 2008
Once again...if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Old timer

Allentown, PA

#5 Jul 2, 2008
This has happened before. People need to use their brains and not part with thousands of dollars after a presentation. Come on, now.
pajames

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Jul 2, 2008
People when will you wake up?
JRH

Wallingford, PA

#10 Jul 2, 2008
Jayne wrote:
My husband and I also fell for this scam last December. They offered a package for $24,000 but than offered to buy two timeshares from us so that we only had to pay $4000. By the time I got home at 10pm, I knew we had made a mistake and called to cancel. They said the paperwork had already been processed. It took me months of fighting to get a refund which finally happened but they kept $400.
Now I am trying to cash in my incentive award...roundtrip and rental car. What a joke dealing with Worldwide Travel. I have sent my form in 4 times and it keeps getting returned in error and they ask to resubmit it certified mail each time. After 3 times of sending it certified mail, I sent it the fourth time regular mail and of course it got rejected. Although they require it to be sent certified mail because of the enclosed money order, they return the money order regular mail. They refuse to talk to you on the phone and do everything by mail. It is obvious that although they entice you to attend the meeting with these trip prizes, they have no intentions of paying out. Please include Worldwide travel in your federal investigation since they are a partner in crime. I don't understand how these people can sleep at night.
I'm so sorry what happened to you & your Husband - but like the old saying goes, if it sounds to good to be true -- Surprise!! It isn't!!! Consumers have to begin to Start Learning to read the small Print
more deeply. If you come across any Mail sent to you & you have an inkling it is a scam Contact Authorities ASAP
Better Safe than sorry.
Lisa G

Telford, PA

#11 Jul 2, 2008
Just make your own travel plans directly with the airlines, hotel and renatl car companies. Deal with places like Southwest Airlines, Marriott and Enterprise directly and avoid getting drilled in a fraud by some "fly by night", crooked company.
clc

Philadelphia, PA

#12 Jul 2, 2008
Old timer wrote:
This has happened before. People need to use their brains and not part with thousands of dollars after a presentation. Come on, now.
Actually, Oldtimer, you need to be acquanted with the times. There are businesses that sell vacations at 50% discount rates that are legitamate. Of course, these are last minute deals that are sold to fill up empty space in a hotel so that they don't have a total lost. Therefore, it is not beyond one's imagination to think that some other company could acquire discounted vacations for an upfront fee. The problem is that discount vacations are sold one at a time, at the last minute. But if someone is not familiar with that practice and eager to go on a great vacation, it is not that much of a leap. Bottom line: if you are going to spend more than a few hundred dollars, investigate the business first.
dumb and dumber

Dover, DE

#13 Jul 2, 2008
Think about it, who's going to give YOU a luxury vacation for next to nothing? It's not cheap if you have to pay $4000 upfront without knowing WHERE you're going - that's not a vacation!

Your best bet is to deal with an established local travel agency,one who is bonded,insured and in the same location for more than 5 years.

Book online and you have no help if you run into problems.

I'd rather see and know who I'm dealing with, thank you verrry much.
Bonnie

Sewell, NJ

#14 Jul 2, 2008
Would anyone else in here really fork out double digit thousands of dollars BEFORE doing some digging about a company ? Fools deserve to be parted from their money.
Bonnie

Sewell, NJ

#15 Jul 2, 2008
Ah my bad, not double digit in this article. :)

Since: Apr 08

Trenton, NJ

#17 Jul 2, 2008
there's a sucker born every minute
Bonnie

Sewell, NJ

#18 Jul 2, 2008
melmel wrote:
there's a sucker born every minute
And you can bet I would never come in here and give the full dirty breakdown of just how bad I got scammed. Some people have no shame LOL.
Scott from Boyertown

AOL

#19 Jul 2, 2008
I watched your clip on the vacation scams and I am concerned because I recently bought into a vacation package that sounds almost identical to the one you reported on last night, only the names are different. Sundance Vacation offices were also out of King of Prussia. How can I find out if I've been scammed as well? I've not tried to book a vacation yet and I would like to know before I send them their $99.00 processing fee. If it is a scam, they've received enough of my money already.
Bonnie

Sewell, NJ

#21 Jul 3, 2008
Scott from Boyertown wrote:
I watched your clip on the vacation scams and I am concerned because I recently bought into a vacation package that sounds almost identical to the one you reported on last night, only the names are different. Sundance Vacation offices were also out of King of Prussia. How can I find out if I've been scammed as well? I've not tried to book a vacation yet and I would like to know before I send them their $99.00 processing fee. If it is a scam, they've received enough of my money already.
You can check the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints there. Since you know where they're out of you can check the police station for any complaints and court house records. I don't know where else to check. But if you have to go through all that, find another company. How long has this company been in business do you know ?
hmmmmmm

Hillsborough, NJ

#22 Jul 3, 2008
Scott from Boyertown wrote:
I watched your clip on the vacation scams and I am concerned because I recently bought into a vacation package that sounds almost identical to the one you reported on last night, only the names are different. Sundance Vacation offices were also out of King of Prussia. How can I find out if I've been scammed as well? I've not tried to book a vacation yet and I would like to know before I send them their $99.00 processing fee. If it is a scam, they've received enough of my money already.
My Boyfriend and I went to the presentation at Sundance Vacations and got a free trip to Vegas, we didn't buy into the time share vacation package, but we didn't have any problems with the Vegas trip. You should do some googling to see if there have been any bad reports on them.
Oh People

Springfield, PA

#23 Jul 3, 2008
Does the phrase "Dumb as a box of rocks" ring a bell to any of you folks who got ripped off by these scam artists? I am sory to be rude, but come on...get real.
Researcher

AOL

#25 Mar 19, 2009
Jayne wrote:
My husband and I also fell for this scam last December. They offered a package for $24,000 but than offered to buy two timeshares from us so that we only had to pay $4000. By the time I got home at 10pm, I knew we had made a mistake and called to cancel. They said the paperwork had already been processed. It took me months of fighting to get a refund which finally happened but they kept $400.
Now I am trying to cash in my incentive award...roundtrip and rental car. What a joke dealing with Worldwide Travel. I have sent my form in 4 times and it keeps getting returned in error and they ask to resubmit it certified mail each time. After 3 times of sending it certified mail, I sent it the fourth time regular mail and of course it got rejected. Although they require it to be sent certified mail because of the enclosed money order, they return the money order regular mail. They refuse to talk to you on the phone and do everything by mail. It is obvious that although they entice you to attend the meeting with these trip prizes, they have no intentions of paying out. Please include Worldwide travel in your federal investigation since they are a partner in crime. I don't understand how these people can sleep at night.
If you entered the Sundance Vacations Sweepstakes and you have been the recipient of uninvited or unwelcome telemarketing calls, and you are registered on the federal or state DNC lists, you may call the FTC at its toll-free hotline at: 1-888-382-1222. You may also submit your complaint online at DONOTCALL.GOV or you may call the specific state in which Sundance Vacations has sales offices. The consumer is entitled to financial compensation for the exposure of telemarketing calls in violation of the DNC lists.

(1) Illinois 1-800-386-5438
(2) New Jersey 1-800-242-5846
(3) Pennsylvania 1-800-441-2555
(4) Wisconsin 1-800-422-7128

Further information may be obtained at the specified blog and is very informative as relates to Sundance Vacations:

http://naskiewicz.blogspot.com/

Copy and paste the above URL into the Google search engine.
Edward Rommel

Medford, NJ

#26 Mar 19, 2009
This is a stupid waste of time.
philly refugee

Philadelphia, PA

#27 Mar 19, 2009
i call bullsh*t
you people who claim to get your money back are not telling the truth. but you deserve to get ganked for falling for the scams.

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