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DOJ investigating several summer travel scams

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Lots of Wisconsinites will want to hit the road once summer finally gets here.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is warning travel hungry residents to be wary of scams – especially those involving time-share units.

In April, five employees of the Thor Corporation’s travel club were charged for allegedly scamming Wisconsinites out of free trips or money.

Right now, the Justice Department is handling a pair of complaints against travel clubs in the Appleton and Waukesha areas for alleged marketing violations and misrepresentation.

Van Hollen says he’s urging people to “do their homework” before committing hundreds or thousands of dollars to what may be a scam.

He says to be wary of unsolicited calls and messages from companies you’re not familiar with, know that robocall solicitations are illegal, don’t believe things that seem too good to be true, don’t take high pressure sales tactics, ask for specifics, don’t give out credit card information, check out the company’s reputation before agreeing to anything, and use only licensed brokers.

Also, Van Hollen says that if one time-share seller scams you, another may offer to help get your money back – if you pay them.