I believe most people who own a timeshare interest are familiar with ARDA and ARDA-ROC, but for those who might not be, following is the introduction from the ARDA-ROC webpage.  Both organizations are important advocates in improving laws and legislation regarding the buying, selling and ownership of timeshare and protecting the rights of timeshare owners across the United States.  Part of their public service is alerting timeshare owners of fraudulent schemes and scams thru their website.  Timeshare owners can sign up on their website to access the latest news in the timeshare industry and receive alerts which include Consumer Advisory Warnings.

Following the copy of their website you will find the latest Florida Consumer Advisory Warning.

“ARDA-ROC (American Resort Development Association – Resort Owners’ Coalition) serves as the voice of more than four million owners in Washington, DC and in state capitals across the country.

ARDA-ROC is the first line of defense against legislation that may negatively impact timeshare owners. Through ARDA-ROC, owners are a part of an effective grassroots lobbying coalition of timeshare unit owners dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing vacation ownership.

The ARDA-ROC government affairs team has a strong record of successfully advocating on behalf of policies allowing for the vitality of the industry while protecting the vacation ownership experience.  ARDA-ROC works with legislators and regulators at all levels of government to educate policy makers and ensure fair treatment across the broad range of issues that impact timeshare owners.”

ARDA-ROC issued the following Consumer Advisory Warning October 3, 2012 in Florida, which we copy in its entirety in the interest of keeping all timeshare owners updated and informed.

“TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation today issued a consumer advisory after learning an entity posing as the Department is allegedly targeting license holders in a potential identity theft scam. An unsolicited email which appears to be from the Department warns of pending disciplinary action against licenses. The email directs the recipient to call a Department investigator at a toll-free number and provide personal identification information.

The Department has confirmed that the email communication is in no way connected with the Department or its regulatory authority.

If a license holder receives an email from an entity claiming to be the Department and warning of disciplinary action, he or she should not respond to the email or call the listed number. Instead, the licensee should contact the Department directly at 850-487-1395. Licensees may also log into their online accounts to view any public disciplinary actions.

The Department warned licensees against providing personal identification information to unknown individuals or companies who have made unsolicited contact with them. The theft of personal identification information is a crime and should be reported immediately to local law enforcement.

The Department will investigate the matter fully and will work with law enforcement to determine whether any criminal action has occurred.”

Advantage Vacation will continue to monitor and report any alerts or Consumer Advisory’s issued by ARDA and ARDA-ROC.  As a proud member of ARDA, Advantage Vacation looks forward to the passage of timeshare consumer protection legislation in all States for owners of a timeshare interest and the enactment of laws designed to deter and/or eliminate timeshare scams and fraud in the timeshare industry.

Advantage Vacation is a Maui based licensed timeshare resale company that specializes in resales of Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Westin Starwood timeshares.  If you are interested in purchasing a timeshare or selling your timeshare, contact one of our licensed timeshare resale specialists – we’d be happy to assist you.  You are assured of prompt, courteous and professional service (before, during and after the sale.)  Our business has been built on relationships and we pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients.

Advantage Vacation is a member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and offers the best buys on the timeshare re sales market today. We never charge an upfront fee for clients who want to sell a timeshare and only receive a commission, paid from escrow, when the transaction is closed.

We are leaders in the timeshare resale secondary market, have been in the timeshare industry for over 30 years and are Accredited Members of the BBB with an A+ Rating.

Advantage Vacation is using Twitter and Facebook to help educate people on the changes in the timeshare industry along with current timeshare tips, up to date timeshare news and timeshare FAQ’s.

We hope you will follow us and our blog, Timeshare Blogging by Advantage Vacation for the latest news and reviews. If our site does not answer your question or questions, please email us your question and we will answer it and add it to our library. Make your voice heard – what questions do you have?

At Advantage Vacation you can be assured you are working with professionals who believe that honesty and integrity are the most important aspects of the business they are in – timeshare resales. Our business has been built on relationships and we pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients.

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