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Selling extra vacations in RCI

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Has anyone else received a phone call to purchase the extra weeks through RCI. We'd purchase the weeks and then they would buy them at a good profit to us. He said we could buy up to 6 weeks per year. Basically paying $2,600 total of the 6 weeks and selling them to him for $10,000 total. Any help to determine if this is a SCAM or real would be greatly appreciated.
 

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First, I think you would put your RCI membership- and ability to use it at risk. You can't 'sell' Extra Vacays or Last Calls. AND nobody will cold-call you to give you money. It's a scam. I don't exactly see how it works, but it isn't kosher.

Just curious, were you provided with a list of the specific weeks you are to book?

Jim
 

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First, I think you would put your RCI membership- and ability to use it at risk. You can't 'sell' Extra Vacays or Last Calls. AND nobody will cold-call you to give you money. It's a scam. I don't exactly see how it works, but it isn't kosher.

Just curious, were you provided with a list of the specific weeks you are to book?

Jim
no we were not given specific weeks, he said florida and it sounded like he was going to book the 6 weeks after we pay him, he said his company does this all the time.
 

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Beware… it’s a scam.

 
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no we were not given specific weeks, he said florida and it sounded like he was going to book the 6 weeks after we pay him, he said his company does this all the time.
WAITAMINUIT What's this 'you pay him' bit. Run, don't walk away.
 
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This is a scam and has been going on for years.
 
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If you heed the advice of the TUG members above ^^^ you’ll save yourself a lot of money, time, and aggravation. That ploy is definitely a scam. They’ll take your money and you’ll never hear from them again.

Please pass on the favor, and recommend TUG to your family and friends who have (or are thinking about purchasing) timeshares. You might want to even join TUG to learn about and share ways to use your timeshare - without getting burned!
 
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As others have stated this is a scam. It has been around for many years. Below is a TUG thread from 2012 which is the same scam except for a different name. Sad that it continues because people keep falling for it.


Edited: I went to RCI’s website to see if they have any alerts and unless I missed it I could find none. A shame that RCI keeps their head in the sand and their customers at risk for a scam that has been around for years and is still getting victims.
 
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Run for the hills, little rabbit... or you'll end up in the stew.
 

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RCI had an alert. Here’s what I posted in Feb 2020 from their website.

From RCI‘s Fraud Alert Page (link)

Consumer Alert: Telemarketing Frauds
From time to time, RCI becomes aware of third party companies attempting to defraud RCI Members and timeshare owners. Recently, RCI has learned of several trends in consumer telemarketing frauds relating to the timeshare and exchange industry that we feel is important to bring to your attention.

The scams vary, but all of them seek either personal information or money. Here are some examples:

  • Caller claims to be calling about your recent or past RCI vacations or resort vacations.
  • Caller asks you to take a survey regarding your timeshare ownership.
  • Caller invites you to an RCI update, dinner or meeting.
  • Caller offers to rent your "getaway weeks", "bonus weeks" or otherwise rent your timeshare week with the promise of sharing the rental profits with you, but requires payment of an upfront fee.
  • Caller poses as RCI, claims you have RCI weeks left over and offers to purchase them back on behalf of RCI, but requires payment of an upfront fee.
Often these callers are fraudulently stating or implying that they are RCI, authorized by RCI to make offers, or they are somehow affiliated with RCI. These companies use the name of the RCI exchange programs, or refer to RCI terminology and products, to legitimatize the offer.

Many of these calls originate from "spoofed" or fake telephone numbers. Sometimes the calls give the appearance that RCI is calling when in actuality RCI is not the caller. "Neighbor spoofing" is also used where the calls show up on your “Caller ID” using your same area code and telephone number prefix, leading you to believe it is a local call.


Please know that these calls are not from RCI, and RCI does not approve or in any way endorse these calls or offers.


What should you do if you are contacted with one of these offers?
  1. Be Cautious. Be wary of upfront fees. Typically, legitimate resale and listing companies do not collect an upfront fee or request your credit card or bank account information on a call.
  2. Ask Questions. Gather specific information about the company calling you, including the name of the company, the full name of the individual, the number they are calling you from and the day and time of the call(s).
  3. Know Your Rights. Often these companies are calling you in violation of do-not-call rules. If your number is on the national Do-Not-Call Registry or the Do-Not-Call list in your state of residence, and you do not have an established business relationship with the calling company, you may have reason to file a complaint against the company with federal and/or state regulators.
  4. Check the Validity of the Offer. Check various complaint board websites, including the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and American Resort Development Association websites, to gauge the legitimacy of the company and the offer. And, please know that RCI can always validate any special offers that may be active by calling 1-800-338-7777 or 317-805-8000. Don’t hesitate to ask! This will allow you to have confidence in knowing it is RCI calling.
We are here to help you plan and enjoy the vacation of your dreams. If you need any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to visit us at RCI.com or call us at 317-805-8000 or our toll free line at 1-800-338-7777.
 
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Thanks for the link @alwysonvac. I still can’t find it from the RCI website though. Could be because I am on mobile or maybe because I am not logged in (I have a corporate RCI account through the HGVC ownership). I guess it would make sense to not put an alert about scammers impacting RCI on their public (not logged in) website. Would scare away potential future RCI members.
 

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I just looked at the RCI website and couldn’t find a link to that original 2020 alert. :shrug:

On the current RCI site, there is a section at the bottom of the home page called Resale Advisory found under Resources.
 
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I just looked at the RCI website and couldn’t find a link to that original 2020 alert. :shrug:

On the current RCI site, there is a section at the bottom of the home page called Resale Advisory found under Resources.
There it is! Thank you.
 
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