Officers issue holiday club scam alert

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NORTH Tynesiders are being warned not to be taken in by scams involving timeshare or holiday clubs while abroad this summer.

With the holiday season approaching, North Tyneside Council’s trading standards officers have issued advice to residents planning trips overseas on how to avoid falling foul of conmen targeting tourists.

Hundreds of complaints are made nationwide every year about such scams, and new legislation was introduced last year to offer more protection to consumers.

The council’s cabinet member for regulatory services, George Westwater, of Cullercoats, said: “Although there are many reputable holiday clubs, there are also a lot of bogus ones.

“Hopefully, the new rules will help combat some of the high-pressure sales techniques that we hear about.

“Previously, only operators selling timeshares had to provide consumers with a 14-day cooling-off period during which they could change their mind and cancel the contract.

“The new protection now extends and covers products such as holiday club memberships, timeshare weeks on a boat or yacht or agreements to enter into re-sale of timeshare or holiday club agreements.”

Further advice is available at www.ukecc.net