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Vacation Travel Club / Scam and cheating

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We got scammed into the Vacation Travel Club while in Branson Missouri. We were promised a free cruise and a free trip to Ireland if we paid the fee and joined. The fee was almost five thousand dollars. This was about three years ago. When we went to take advantage of one of the trips we were told the company that had sold it to us had gone out of business.

As far as I am concerned the whole company is a big scam center and we might as well have flushed five grand down the toilet! We have not found trips any cheaper than we can get them through many other companies.

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Ch
  27th of Sep, 2008
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Sadly, vacation clubs and scams are everywhere and the con artists that run them just change names and continue ripping people off when they get caught.
We have a big one in Alberta- started as Royal Club International (scammers would tell you you were buying RCI- then have you sign contracts for Royal Club- a completely different entity)
Charges were eventually laid and the people behind the scam just incorporated another company called "Chateau World" and kept running the same scams out of the same locations with the same phone numbers... it is incredible.

There is information on numerous sites about this Canadian scam:

Alberta Government Services (Consumer Alert)
http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/933.cfm

Alberta Government Services (Information Bulletin)
http://www.gov.ab.ca/home/NewsFrame.cfm?ReleaseID=/acn/200704/2136233BCCCC8-D980-EE9E-A7856F38886292E1.html

Alberta Government Services (Undertaking)
http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/pdf/undertakings/FTA-Royal_Crown_Resorts-Apr_19_07.pdf

BBB Calgary Report on Chateau World
http://calgary.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=154&bbb=0017&firm=45652

BBB Calgary Report on Royal Club International:
http://calgary.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=154&bbb=0017&firm=28353

CFCN Consumer Watch:
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/RTGAMArticleHTMLTemplate/C/20060724/timeshare?brand=generic&hub=&tf=CFCNPlus/generic/hubs/frontpage.html&cf=CFCNPlus/generic/hubs/frontpage.cfg&slug=timeshare&date=20060724&archive=CFCNPlus&ad_page_name=&nav=consumer&subnav=fullstory&site_cfcn=http://calgary.ctv.ca

CFCN Consumer Watch:
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/RTGAMArticleHTMLTemplate/B, C, C/20050714/stampedefreetruck?brand=generic&hub=&tf=CFCNPlus/generic/hubs/frontpage.html&cf=CFCNPlus/generic/hubs/frontpage.cfg&slug=stampedefreetruck&date=20050714&archive=CFCNPlus&ad_page_name=&nav=home&subnav=fullstory

CFCN Consumer Watch:
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/RTGAMArticleHTMLTemplate/C/20051020/rcr?brand=generic&hub=&tf=CFCNPlus/generic/hubs/frontpage.html&cf=CFCNPlus/generic/hubs/frontpage.cfg&slug=rcr&date=20051020&archive=CFCNPlus&ad_page_name=&nav=consumer&subnav=fullstory

Calgary Herald:
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/city/story.html?id=c986f9bd-739c-4c9a-9ed1-a111cc424160

Alberta Courts (Reasons for Judgment in case with Wayne Barry)
http://www.albertacourts.ab.ca/jdb/1998-2003/qb/Civil/2002/2002abqb0211.pdf

CHEATauworld.com
http://www.cheatauworld.com

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Realestatetalks.com (discussion board)
http://www.realestatetalks.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=32642&p=109742

TUGG BBS (discussion board)
http://www.tug1.net/tugbbs1/Forum18/HTML/000818.html

Street Talk (discussion board)
http://www.tug1.net/tugbbs1/Forum18/HTML/000818.html

Yahoo Answers
http://boards.independenttraveler.com/showthread.php?t=7288

Independent Traveller (Discussion Board)
http://boards.independenttraveler.com/showthread.php?t=7288

Consumer Blog 1:
http://my.opera.com/chriss2000/blog/show.dml/58340

Consumer blog 2:
http://my.opera.com/La%20Velle%20Goodwin/blog/index.dml/tag/Andre%20Muran

Consumer Blog 3:
http://my.opera.com/La%20Velle%20Goodwin/blog/scams-scams-and-more-scams-what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-people

Consumer Blog 4:
http://my.opera.com/victorwallace/blog/

Consumer Blog 5:
http://my.opera.com/La%20Velle%20Goodwin/blog/index.dml/tag/Royal%20Club%20International

Yahoo Answers
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080426194441AAWzUQv

Connect 2 Edmonton
http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=5192


Ya... it's big.

Ki
  15th of Jun, 2009
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Elevations Resorts in Canmore is the same bunch of people as Chateau World, Royal Club International, Royal Club Resorts, Royal Crown Resorts and the Banff Gate Mountain Lodge and Spa.

Rumor has it that the Banff Gate Mountain Lodge and Spa and also Chateau Canmore (both controled by Andre Muran) are facing foreclosure.

RCI has removed Chateau Canmore from their listings and members of "Chateau World" are being contacted with offers for "great deals" for investors to get in on Elevations Resorts.

Elevations Resorts is more from the same damn scammers!

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