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Consumer Alert: Beware of people who want to sell your timeshare

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you are thinking about selling a timeshare, be on the lookout for scam artists trying to convince you to see through them. You could end up on the losing end of the deal.

"The best thing to do is if you hear timeshare, run the other way," says victim Esther Bilicki.

Bilicki is speaking from experience. She lost more than $15,000 in a timeshare scam.

"They wanted to help us sell the timeshare, so we didn't have to worry about anything. They would take care of everything," says Bilicki.

The company was named "Travelers Boutique."

"They made a lot of misrepresentations in convincing the people they would get their time share sold for them. They would just need to pay upfront fee ranging from $500- $2,500," says U.S. Postal Inspector Derick Thieme.

The company lured people in by claiming they already had the seller on the line.

"Convince them they had a buyer for their timeshare and this was an imminent sale type deal and they could help them get rid of the timeshare so they wouldn't be responsible for the fees and maintenance costs," says Thieme.

Bilicki admits the tactics worked on her.

"We just needed to get rid of it… we just wanted it out of our way," says Bilicki.

But, not sale was ever made.

"I learned everyone is not as honest as what you think they should be," says Bilicki.

Bilicki was one of many victims.

Postal Inspectors say there were more than 1,400 in one case alone and $2 million in losses.

"They were desperate, maybe more trusting people and more susceptible to these high pressure sales tactics and it was real disturbing to see these vulnerable people being taken advantage of by these groups," Thieme says.

"Don't do it, don't send any money. Just wait for them to sell it and then they can take the money out of that," says Bilicki.

The main suspect, Janice Lee Keueger, was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay more than $161,000.


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