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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - We've all received those postcards in the mail offering some free vacation just for showing up to a seminar. 22News I-Team uncovered what can really happen when you attend one of these events.
A postcard came in the mail for Jeri Meuse a few months ago saying she would receive a free cruise or airfare for just showing up to a seminar being held at a local hotel. So she went.
She describes the tactics used to get her to sign up: "It was very high pressure. You have to make your decision tonight," said Jeri Meuse of Chicopee.
That decision was to sign up for a lifetime membership to Royal Palm Vacations, which would20entitle Meuse to be eligible for discounted vacations. So she handed over her credit card which would be charged $2,599 plus a $199 initiation free.
"I went on to their web site and the rates were no better than what I get from my cruise store," said Meuse.
Under Massachusetts law, there's a three day cooling off period after you sign a contract. Which means you can cancel the deal during that time period. That's what Meuse tried to do, but Royal Palm Vacations refused.
Finally it took the threat of publicity for them to drop the deal.
"Finally, the only thing that worked was when I said I was going to I-Team and they said ‘Oh, we didn't know you were disputing the charge'," said Meuse.
Meuse has received a letter saying her contract has been canceled.
So far this year, the Attorney General's office has logged six complaints against Royal Palm Vacations which is not a better business bureau affiliated company.
A Representative from Royal Palm Vacations said the reason they originally refused to cancel the account was because Meuse tried to cancel after the three day grace period.