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Summer is here:  Cuccinelli warns Virginians against travel schemes and timeshare resellers

~The attorney general is joined by DPOR, VDACS, FTC in this multi-state, multi-national law enforcement initiative~

RICHMOND (June 11, 2013) - Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a warning and some tips to Virginians about avoiding deceptive travel promoters and timeshare scams. The attorney general is joined by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in a joint multi-state, multi-national law enforcement initiative, coordinated by the Federal Trade Commission, to combat travel scams this summer season.

"With summer just around the corner, many Virginians will be traveling across the state, the country, and the world on what are intended to be relaxing vacations," said Cuccinelli. "Unfortunately, there are individuals out there who target and exploit travelers, turning what would be peaceful vacations into absolute nightmares.

"I strongly encourage Virginia consumers to watch out for travel and timeshare scams," the attorney general said.  "I want Virginians to enjoy spending their hard-earned dollars on time with their families not dealing with the heartache of falling victim to one of these schemes."

While there are many legitimate businesses offering travel plans, part of vacation planning involves consumers doing some research to make sure they are dealing with reputable businesses.  Below are tips and information you should know before purchasing a vacation plan:

Travel scam warning signs:

Tips to avoid timeshare and travel club scams:

For additional information about timeshares, contact DPOR at (804) 367-2941 or visit www.dpor.virginia.gov.

For additional information or to file a complaint about a travel club, contact VDACS at (804) 786-1343 or visitwww.vdacs.virginia.gov/consumer.

You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General's consumer protection hotline, either at (804) 786-2042 or (800)-552-9963 or visit www.ag.virginia.gov, then click on Consumer Protection.

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A copy of this news release may be found on the attorney general's web site here.

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