Scammers love to prey on consumers who are at their most vulnerable -- during difficult economic times -- and the timeshare business isn't immune from their damage, according to an industry leader who is warning would-be timeshare sellers to tread cautiously. Indeed, attorneys general in Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Oklahoma recently have issued warnings about dubious timeshare-resale companies -- particularly about reseller companies charging upfront fees that might run into the thousands of dollars, according to Howard Nusbaum, chief executive of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), a trade group. "This economy brings out the best and worst in people," said Nusbaum, who warns that timeshare owners who promise huge profits at resale aren...
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