Monday, June 24, 2024

Mexico intends to clamp down on fraudulent vacation clubs, timeshares

The federal government is taking steps to combat fraudulent conduct in the tourism industry.

According to the tourism news website Reportur, the tourism committee of the federal Congress and the government’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) will collaborate on a scheme designed to crack down on scams committed against people seeking to travel to destinations such as Quintana Roo, Baja California, Nayarit, Jalisco and Mexico City.

One of the main concerns discussed at a meeting between tourism committee president Luis Alegre Salazar and UIF chief Santiago Nieto was call centers that attempt to defraud potential tourists in the key markets of Canada and the United States.

Reportur said they operate as shell companies and that their detection is very difficult as a result.

In that context, Alegre asked Nieto to carry out a nationwide review to determine which companies are operating legally in the tourism sector and which are not.

He also asked the UIF chief to carry out an investigation into travel agencies that operate exclusively online, including those on social media sites such as Facebook, saying many are fraudulent.

Reportur said that in recent months, shell companies have swindled people selling vacation club memberships and timeshares by offering to purchase them and resell them at elevated prices. However, the fraudsters ask for a deposit of between US $4,000 and $6,000 to complete the paperwork for the sale.

The federal consumer protection agency (Profeco) issued an alert about the practice last year.

The online travel agency Expedia has also warned that fraudsters have passed themselves off as its employees to try to scam consumers by selling them non-existent tourism products. People in 17 Mexican states as well as Canada have been swindled to the tune of US $10,000, Reportur said.

Source: Reportur (sp) 

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
An overhead view of buildings in Jaguar Park in Tulum

Government says construction on Jaguar Park in Tulum will be done in 2 months

0
Construction is 92% complete, despite delayed environmental permits for a luxury hotel the military is building in the park.
The flags of Canada and Mexico

Canada opens 3 new visa application centers in Mexico

0
Now that most Mexicans need a visa to enter Canada, there is more demand than ever for Canadian visa services.
People shelter from the rain under umbrellas and ponchos in Mexico City

Heavy rain is in the forecast across Mexico this week

1
While meteorologists warn of flooding in low areas, reservoir levels in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León have gotten a much-needed boost.