‘Timeshare Watchdog International’ lacks transparency and is cold calling timeshare owners.
Timeshare Watchdog International, which uses the domain www.timesharewatchdoginternational.com has been reported by timeshare owners for making unsolicited contact.
The website states that it provides ‘Independent and unbiased Timeshare advice’ – but provides no information about who owns it or where it is located. Failures to provide such information are a breach of the Trading Disclosures Act. The website domain was registered in September 2019 but Timeshare Watchdog International claims to have 15 years’ experience and to have ‘earned’ hundreds of thousands of pounds for clients. Businesses must be able to substantiate such claims they make about themselves and if they cannot, they are likely to be considered breaches of law and advertising regulations.
Unsolicited contact by phone, text or email is likely to be a breach of data protection laws and it is recommended that it is reported to the appropriate national data authority. In the UK, this is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as rogue businesses also often sell the information on to fraudsters.
Following the reports by timeshare owners, KwikChex carried out further investigations into Timeshare Watchdog International.
Timeshare Watchdog International is believed to be a part of a telemarketing business operating out of Spain. Internet Protocol and phone number tracing link it with others that have been reported for nuisance calling and deceitful behaviour, and the use of ‘Timeshare Council’ ‘Arrow Travel Solutions’ and ‘Timeshare Advice Council’ websites that are linked to this operation include the following:
These other websites and names being used to cold call also breach laws and regulations that are designed to protect consumers.
This is just one example of how timeshare owners are being targeted.
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