Thousands of timeshare owners have already fallen victim to the recurring scam that takes an upfront fee for timeshare sales that never happen. These con artists are aware of how desperate these owners are trying to get rid of their timeshares.  

One couple, Doug and Armelita Stoddard, bought a one-bedroom timeshare for $15,000 in Napa Valley and rarely use it. When Doug was let go from his job, he searched online for ways to sell his unused timeshare so that he could use that money while looking for another job. After researching online, he hired AAA Timeshare Inc. to help him sell his timeshare. Within a couple of weeks, the company called Doug and told him that they had a buyer waiting to purchase the timeshare. The only thing Doug had to do was pay $3,000 to cover the paperwork and processing fees. However, once the company received the checks, Doug never heard from them again.

Doug commented, “They were so convincing. They had an answer for every skeptical question I had."

The couple lost $3,000 in addition to the $800 they still had to pay for yearly timeshare fees. If Doug had done a little more research, he would have discovered that AAA Timeshare Inc. has an F rating with the BBB as well as negative comments.

President of the Northeast California Better Business Bureau, Gary Almond, commented, “The minute (con artists) figured out time shares were worthless, up sprang these companies offering to find you a buyer.”

To avoid being scammed you must always be weary of companies who ask for an upfront fee. In most cases, these companies will use the term processing fee or paperwork fees. However, Transfer Smart hopes that timeshare owners are now more aware of the scams out there. 


Alaska Airlines is about to be more accommodating to some of their most beloved travelers, pets.

On August 9th, the air carrier announced a complimentary veterinarian visit meant to acclimatize pets to the stresses of air travel. The airline flew over 80,000 pets last year, and knows that this is a beloved but often mistreated passenger on their airlines. They announced a partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital, which has 20,000 locations nationwide.

Their website offers a $10 off coupon on any pet’s visit and a helpful locater application. Alaska Airlines is proud to be one of the few airlines that allows pets in the cabin during flight, including cats, dogs and birds. Pet in cabin or pet in baggage are the same price: $100/each flight. All animals must remain in kennels or cages. Check the Alaska Airlines site on pet travel for more details.

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A handful of developers want to turn Europe into the new gambling capital of the world. Transfer Smart reports.

Exuding confidence and clarity, Jim Edgeron of the renowned timeshare sales group “Edge Timeshares” says the new gambling capitals of the world will be found in either China, Europe, or both.

Eurovegas is the term coined by Sheldon Adelson, owner of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and most profitable American of the last three years.

Sands Co. is known for their timeshare resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, the former Portuguese colony found on the southeastern coast of China.

Spain is the likely target for Eurovegas. It would create jobs and bring much needed money to cash-strapped Spain, who along with Ireland and Greece has been one of the weakest performing European economies. In fact, it’s Spain’s depressed economy that is allowing the idea of Eurovegas to gain traction. Spain’s unemployment rate stands at a staggering 23% as of this writing.

The Spanish government is expected to rule on the matter of legal gambling in the country within the next two months.