Charles Berger’s dreams of a future filled with fun family vacations prompted him to invest in the Palladium Travel Club. But now those dreams have turned to nightmares as he tries to sift through all the additional fees and blackout dates. Will he ever be able to enjoy his “investment”?
The letters between Michael Lefelstein and Island Trader Vacations are increasingly desperate.
It starts with a postcard saying that you’ve won an airline ticket. To collect your prize, you have to attend a brief presentation. And that’s how they getcha.
Cathy Evans doesn’t fit the profile of a typical scam victim. She’s an account manager for a technology company in Boston, and she likes to think of herself as a discerning customer.
They promised Hans Slatosch the world. Literally.
In a sales presentation he attended a year ago, Dallas-based Royal Palms Travel offered him deep discounts on cruises and other travel products. All he had to do was pony up a $5,593 membership. He did.
But something about the transaction made Slatosch uncomfortable. The sales staff had pressured him to make a decision before he left, and they wouldn’t let him keep the material they’d distributed, he says.