From Victim to Vindication

Published on May 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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The worst part about being a victim of crime is many times the victims blame themselves. Most people try to rationalize being a victim of a dramatic crime. This is simply a defense mechanism to help downplay the feelings of betrayal and hurt. It happens to everyone who has ever been a victim of a crime. Many times they think, “I shouldn’t have left the car door unlocked overnight,” “I was so stupid to let them into my house,” “I should have bought that alarm system,” and even the “it’s my fault he got mad, he’s normally not like that.”

Why do victims blame themselves? That’s for another book, somewhere down the road. But this feeling is also what a very large percentage of new owners feel. They say things like “I’m not sure what I was thinking that day,” “they really caught us at a weak moment,” “we normally say no to things like that,” “they really talked a good game that day,” “I am not sure what we were thinking,” “we promised each other we weren’t going to buy something that day – I am not sure what happened.” And on and on and on.

Many people just chalk it up to just a bad mistake, not knowing that these seemingly friendly sales representatives have had extensive coercion training as well as subconscious and emotional trigger training. Every last word the sales rep said was on purpose, and every piece of data they gained from you was used against you. You may have trained years for your job and have become very proficient at what you do. So did they, except their profession teaches them how to disarm you – create feelings of desperation, jealousy, fear and inspiration without you ever knowing they programed those feelings in your head. We have seen the training manuals of these sales representatives and every single move is calculated.

Remember, you probably woke up the morning and specifically said to your spouse, “we are not buying anything today!” However, later that day you walked out with a timeshare. It is not that you purposefully changed your mind. It was the fact that you encountered a team of professional salesmen who have been trained in that art of thought rendering and thought patterning to “encourage” you to buy their product. Legal? Yes. Ethical? You decide.

The worst part about everything discussed in this chapter is that not only do they use unfair ways to “encourage” you to purchase – many times they commit outright fraud. Here are some common FRAUDULENT promises or actions that legal experts say you may have been a victim of.

Possible “fraud in the inducement” bullet points:

1) This offer is good for today only.

2) This is a great investment and it will appreciate in value over time.

3) This presentation is only going to be 90 minutes.

4) This is in such demand it could always be RENTED for a profit.

5) You are buying pre-construction and this can later be SOLD for a profit after the next “phase.”

6) This week/resort is in such a valuable week to the exchange companies that you can trade for “anytime, anywhere.”

7) This maintenance fee will not increase over time – or – there is a special reason why this resort should only have small incremental maintenance increases.

8) You will be attending an “update” to discuss questions (also called a policy change, owners update, etc… – Later it was actually a sales presentation).

9) This is not timeshare but Vacation Ownership or Vacation Property.

10) Were you subjected to high pressure sales tactics or felt that you could not leave the presentation without purchasing?

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