Monday August 20, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is urging state residents to protect themselves against travel package and time share membership scams.

Is response to recent complaints regarding travel scams offered by phone, mail and the internet, Coakley said consumers should be wary of offers that seem "too good to be true."

While some "free gifts" offered through timeshare and travel club membership sales may be legitimate, she said, many come with terms and conditions that reduce the gifts' value. Coakley added that these offers can place consumers in high-pressure sales situations where they feel forced into signing-up immediately.

The attorney general said individuals should avoid calls and letters about winning contests they have not entered, read the fine print on all "prizes" and avoid high-pressure sales situations, among other tips.