Selling your timeshare? Read this, first

Selling your timeshare? Read this, first

FILE - In this Friday, May 28, 2010, file photo, tourists and local residents enjoy a day the the beach as Memorial Day weekend begins in the South Beach area of Miami, Beach, Fla. With a little advance planning, and some insider tips, summer vacations can be a lot less expensive. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI)-- "The best thing to do is if you hear timeshare, run the other way," fraud victim, Esther Bilicki, said.

Esther is speaking from experience. She lost more than $15,000 in a timeshare scam.

"They wanted to help us sell the timeshare - so we didn't have to worry about anything. They would take care of everything," Bilicki said.

The company was named "Travelers Boutique."

"They made a lot of misrepresentations in convincing the people they would get their time share sold for them. They would just need to pay upfront fee ranging from $500- $2,500," Postal Inspector, Derick Thieme said.


The company lured people in by claiming they already had a seller on the line.

"Convince them they had a buyer for their timeshare and this was an imminent sale type deal… and they could help them get rid of the timeshare so they wouldn't be responsible for the fees and maintenance costs," Thieme said.

Esther admits the tactic worked on her, but no sale was ever made.

"I learned everyone is not as honest as what you think they should be," Esther Bilicki said after the incident,

Esther was one of many victims. Postal inspectors say there were more than 1400 in one case alone and $2 million in losses. the best advice: before you send money to anyone - do your homework. the main suspect was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $161,000.